Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What is the Truth?

Recently I read the book Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath. The dangerous idea was that all Christians have the right to interpret the Bible for themselves. McGrath questions who has the authority or right to interpret the Bible.

In a conversation I have had recently, I quoted scripture and was told that taking scripture out of context was ineffective. I noted the assumption was that within context the verse I quoted would mean something different than when I quoted it.

The response was similar to McGrath’s in that everyone has their own interpretation and view. True enough. But is every interpretation and view correct. The responder also made the point that interpretation was given to everyone by the Spirit of God. I have difficulty believing the Holy Spirit would teach a differing view of scripture to different people. There has to be a correct view of the Truth of God which comes from scripture.