I love how the Bible writers have written down the nuances of the Spirit of God where they have captured it through him. But where they have not simply indicates where they were at in their own limited understanding and filters of religion at the time. Yes, the translators all had filters because they were human just like you and I are.
What that means is that Bible interpretation is subject to the illumination of the Spirit of God inside each and every person who reads it or translates it. Contrary to popular religious belief not everything in the Bible is to be taken literally for today. Meaning, the reader should take in the historical content, time frames, and the literal people groups that are represented throughout the Bible. It all matters greatly when trying to apply scripture to a modern day scenario or flowing through someone who teaches others as to what they believe it means.
Just because a pastor, leader, or person sharing doesn’t use scripture all the time while talking or giving a message, does not mean they are heretical, rebellious or blind. No, in fact, they could be delivering a message straight out of Heaven in the moment that calls for being childlike without a chapter and verse attached. Have you ever sat in a coffee shop or workplace lunch room and had a transformative, deep conversation without using scripture every five seconds? I have and I can tell you that the presence of Christ coming through in the situation was the defining moment that particular person needed. I’ve done the same thing standing in front of groups of people.
What are you saying John??! Omg!!! You mean you don’t use scripture sometimes while sharing with others? What about being “Biblically sound?” What about deception? Aren’t you afraid of being deceived if you don’t walk around quoting scripture all day??? I don’t know about you John!!! I’m gonna start interceding for you right now!!!!
Ok!! Do you want your heart feels to do and I’ll do what mine leads me to. It’s all good. I’m not worried in the slightest. Why? Because oneness with THE WORD Jesus has me covered. He is the very Word who leads and guides by his Spirit into all truth. It doesn’t mean we need to forsake the Bible. That’s not the point at all.
The point is this. Once a person relents and let’s go of their life to the point of leaving dualism for oneness, everything changes. Perceptions change. Paradigms change. Discernment increases to sharp levels of acute awareness of what scripture really means. The interpretation of Bible passages takes on a greater level of meaning because the Spirit of truth has illuminated context and puts it in its rightful place. Always keep in mind that the disciples didn’t have a New Testament and Abraham didn’t have a Bible...at all. But what they did have was relationship.
Years ago I had an interesting conversation with Christ regarding the subject of scripture. At the time I was defending every jot and tittle to the point of turning people completely off. He asked me, “Friend, what would you do if you couldn’t locate a Bible? What would you do if there were none to be found anywhere on the earth?” I was like, “I rebuke those questions!!!!” I thought it was the devil trying to deceive me. It was actually God asking brilliant questions to get me to see.
What he was saying was that because I was defending the written word so much, I was actually causing a cognitive division between what was written and relationship with The literal Word living on the inside of me. It was dualism in my own consciousness that was keeping me from the fullness of union with relationship. Now, some would argue the Bible and Jesus are one in the same, so what’s the issue here John? I don’t take issue with you asking that question, but I have come to experience and know that my relationship with the living, breathing, Word who is truth illuminates the written scripture in such a way that reveals what was written for historical purposes, the frailty of mans interpretation, and what has significance for me today, without the fear of feeling I need to pick it up every second of the day in order to please him.
Because Christ is a genius and because he is a very modern God living in a modern world within each and every one of us, he knows that iPhones and Samsung’s are very much a part of our every day lives. What that means is, relationship with THE Word teaches us all things whether in the Bible or outside of it.
Deception is found at all levels of society and within each and every one of our minds. Yes, that’s correct. All of us are deceived at some level. That’s why we need the greatest teacher of all...Holy Spirit. To teach us history and the wisdom to navigate the treacherous waters of the Tree of Knowledge understanding coming at us at break neck speeds in today’s social media, and four walled mayhem.
Friends, it’s so important to go ahead and live your own convictions, and life intertwined with The Word living on the inside of you. If he leads you to consume scripture, then by all means do what he is leading you to do. But if he ever leads you to a lunchroom, a classroom or a boardroom to deliver presence without a Bible in your hand or chapter and verse on your tongue, then by all means do that too. It’s all about following his lead, no matter what that looks like or sounds like. You don’t ever have to worry about being completely deceived if you first realize that you already are to some degree, and second, always remaining pliable in your oneness with him. The Word, Christ Jesus, will never lead you astray, but he will certainly rock your comfortable ness to cause you to ascend into greater levels of growth and maturity.
The Bible is wonderful if it’s consumed through the lense of oneness with Christ. If it’s not it can be the most destructive tool to use against all who don’t see it through the lense of the one defending it with their own understanding.