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Are The Scriptures "Subject To Interpretation?"
-- Proper Bible ( Biblical ) Interpretation --

Bible interpretation comes from God. To have Biblical interpretation one must have God's heart regarding the scripture. In other words, to have the correct Bible and Scripture interpretation one must get to know what God meant when He said that particular scripture. Otherwise, we have a dead bible and scriptures that kill — "For the letter kills but the Spirit gives life."

By: Stephen Gola

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Are The Scriptures "Subject To Interpretation?"

The reason Christians say that the Scriptures are “subject to interpretation” or “it’s a matter of how you interpret the Bible,” or “you believe your way and I’ll believe my way” is because they do not know God’s heart or His intentions regarding what He said. Therefore, a wrong “interpretation” will most likely occur.

The teachers of Jesus’ day did not interpret the Scriptures correctly because their hearts were far from God. Therefore, their interpretations became “traditions of men” and were a burden for the people to keep. Teaching God’s Word without knowing His true heart and intention behind His words is called teaching “traditions of men.” Jesus was constantly confronting the religious leaders about this very issue.

The Scriptures are true because they are the TRUTH and nothing less. Truth does not change by anyone’s interpretation. They become “non-scriptural,” which means that they are no longer Scripture.

If you said something intending one thing, and someone changed the meaning, heard it incorrectly or manipulated it, you would say, “I didn’t say that!” In other words, the words that were claimed to be yours were really not. You denied them as being your own words because the meaning was changed. It is the same way with God. If you state a specific Scripture and do not understand God’s true intention and His heart motive in that Scripture, it is no longer Scripture – it is something else.

In many ways (as in Jesus’ day), God’s people today are not “interpreting” the Word of God correctly. The primary reason for misinterpretation is because people do not have an intimate relationship with God (even though they may be born again) or their hearts have drifted far from Him. When we have a distant relationship with God, how can we possibly interpret the Scriptures correctly? There is no way we can watch the filth on television, speak uncleanly and then buddy-up to God. We are deceived if we think we can!

If “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for DOCTRINE, for REPROOF, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS: That the man of God may be perfect, THOROUGHLY FURNISHED unto all good works.” (2Timothy 3:16), then how can we say that the Scriptures are “subject to interpretation?” In other words, how can we be “instructed in righteousness” when we do not know if the instructions are correct? How can we use the Scriptures for “correction” when we do not have the right understanding to correct ourselves or someone else? If the Bible is “subject to interpretation,” then NO Scripture has standard truth. Instead of being constant or fixed or absolute, they are relative.

Therefore, the Scriptures are NOT subject to interpretation. However, you MUST spend time with God (the One Who spoke the Words) to find out His true intentions. Without us fully giving ourselves to God, we will ALWAYS lack true understanding of the Scriptures and will make “new doctrines” out of them. The truth is found in KNOWING Him, because HE IS TRUTH HIMSELF!

All Rights Reserved, © Copyright 2009 by Stephen Gola

(All Scriptures taken from the King James Version Bible or the New King James version.)



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