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Never read a bible verse (in isolation)!

Lost in translation!

My good friend Jim Bublitz went to be with the Lord earlier this year however some of his articles on his blog (The Old Truth) still speak volumes. Like this one…

You’ve likely heard the phrase in real-estate, that what matters is “Location, location, location“. The idea behind that holds true in bible study as well, and perhaps could be better stated “Context, context, context“. Failure to obey this rule will result in devastating consequence in your understanding of the bible. It’s possible that by ignoring context, we can come up with a meaning for a bible verse that is completely different than what the Holy Spirit intended. In this post we’ll take a look at one passage where today’s church has done exactly that.

You might remember me bringing up the “inspirational” wall calendar with scripture passages on it, in which one of the months said this: “If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.” Apparently, nobody bothered to check the context of that text, because if they had, they would have found out that it was actually Satan speaking (Luke 4:7).

Context is so important, that the folks at Stand To Reason sell a booklet entitled “Never Read a Bible Verse“, never read one all by itself that is. You should always read the surrounding verses and chapters, etc. It’s actually dangerous to read a bible verse in isolation.

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7 responses to “Never read a bible verse (in isolation)!

  1. sacredstruggler October 24, 2012 at 11:58

    I agree. Would you afford the same advice for those who read only one from the Qur’an?

    • Acidri October 24, 2012 at 12:29

      I have no knowledge of the Quran. Sorry!

      • sacredstruggler October 24, 2012 at 18:25

        Well, you’re willing to admit it. That’s more than most!

    • Acidri October 24, 2012 at 23:16

      My biggest worry is that some body will believe and put their hope in a useless book and a false religious system that will offer them no hope and thereby be lost for eternity without ever hearing of the ‘Bread of Life’

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