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Saturday, February 5, 2011

1 Corinthians 2:12

"We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us."

It is a dangerous thing when people try to use the power of the Bible without the wisdom or knowledge of its understanding that comes only from the Holy Spirit.  Oftentimes, they only end up hurting themselves and others they meet along the way.  Many heresies are quickly spread like wildfire because people everywhere rely on their own wisdom and knowledge to interpret scriptures when it should be God's holy word that informs them of their own life's interpretation.

God's word is not simply an object to dissect and pick apart.  It is not just a book upon which you could do literary analysis.  You do not inform God's word what it says, but you allow it to inform you, to mold you and shape you.  You do not act upon it, but it acts on you.  This is the lost art of Biblical interpretation, lost to the hubris of man.  Like ancient martial arts, it is quick, powerful, graceful, and efficient, but it's truth can only come to those humble enough to submit to it.  Everyone else is trying to sell you something.

Therefore be diligent in your training.  Practice wielding this power responsibly or do everyone a favor and don't practice at all.  The Bible in unskilled hands is a child holding a sword.

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