Monday, 11 April 2016

Why do you read the bible?

[But] interpretation is not an end in itself; reading the Bible is not fundamentally a comprehension exercise. Interpretation should serve only to lead us to an encounter with God as he actually presents himself to us in Scripture.[…]Many evangelicals worry about ‘getting Scripture wrong’. Of course we should be concerned to interpret the meaning of Scripture well, for every believer should be growing in knowledge and understanding of Scripture. However, our greater concern should be the ease with which we can content ourselves with learning the truth, while refusing to let God act in us with that truth as the sharp sword he intended it to be.
 - Timothy Ward, Words of Life, p.175 (italics original)