Has the Church Misread the Bible?


Moises Silva  -  ”The Bible is divine, yet has come to us in human form. 

The commands of God are absolute, yet the historic context of the writings appears

to relativize certain elements. The divine message must be clear, yet many passages

seem ambiguous. We are dependent only on the Spirit for instruction, yet scholarship 

is surely necessary. The Scriptures seem to presuppose a literaland historical

reading, yet we are also confronted by the figurative and nonhistorical, e.g., parables.

Proper interpretation requires the interpreter’s personal freedom, yet some degree of

external, corporate authority appears imperative. The objectivity of biblical message is

essential, yet our presuppositions seem to inject a degree of subjectivity into the

interpretive process.