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Offline Hobie

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Presuppositions and the scriptures...
« on: Fri Jul 12, 2013 - 07:28:18 »
A friend asked this question, which I want to present to you:

We all have presuppositions. Can we study the Bible and not read these presuppositions into the text, and truly see what it says?

Maybe this is what is meant by "receive the kingdom of God as a little child"...

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Re: Presuppositions and the scriptures...
« Reply #1 on: Fri Jul 12, 2013 - 07:33:24 »
Actually you HAVE to have certain presuppositions and cultural understandings.  It is just that those presuppositions and cultural understandings have to match those of the writers and original audiences of scripture.

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Re: Presuppositions and the scriptures...
« Reply #2 on: Fri Jul 12, 2013 - 08:23:37 »
A friend asked this question, which I want to present to you:

We all have presuppositions. Can we study the Bible and not read these presuppositions into the text, and truly see what it says?

Maybe this is what is meant by "receive the kingdom of God as a little child"...

I think I understand what you mean Hobie. If a person has been instructed in a preconceived idea about how the Bible is supposed to read it is very difficult for them to read in context. Take a certain sect that believes Christ was impaled on a torture stake & not crucified on a Roman cross. No matter how much evidence you give them they just seem incredulous. They have been preinstructed with extra-biblical texts to believe presuppositions. In other words to believe preconceived ideas.

To me that has always been the first indicator of a cult. They'll show you the Scriptures & tell you they believe it. Then they start handing you other writings & telling one about their teachings (traditions). Writings & traditions that supposedly explain the Biblical meanings better than actually reading & understanding the Scriptures themselves. It is how we have ended up with so many denominations, sects, & cults. Some tradition errors are minor & are not salvational, some are huge. So we all should be on guard when we study the scriptures. Reading & studying them in context to know & understand the truth, not approaching them with pretext just to prove prejudiced presuppositions.


 

     
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