Lamentations 3:22-24 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
22 Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!
24 I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.
Many of you are probably thinking “yeah, that’s easy to say when things are going your way.”, Not so fast, when it comes to Bible interpretation, context makes all the difference. Jeremiah and all of Isreal were going through some times that would make most of our nightmares look like day dreams. Cities demolished, enslaved, starvation …
Yet Jeremiah wasn’t without comfort. He knew that the Lord would forgive, and deliver them. While the Lord may seem far away at times, there is still hope. God will somehow deliver if you trust in him.
8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. (HCSB)
Many people assume that this verse is warning Christians away from philosophy, but this passage talks about a particular kind of philosophy, the kind that is based on what human tradition says. Philosophy based on Christ is a good thing.
Philosophy is a method of discovering truth. Many people claim that science is the only way to truth, but I ask “What scientific study did you do to discover that truth?”, “How much does that “truth” weigh?”. There are several other questions I could ask to point out that not all truth is scientific.
In Jurassic Park, Dr. Ian Malcolm says ” Yeah, yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. ”
The reason that they did not stop to think about that question is that should and ought are in the realm of philosophy, science can inform moral truth, but it can not discover it.
Philosophy is the love of wisdom, and true wisdom flows from God’s truth.
Wisdom is mentioned many times in the Bible, and most of the time it is in a good light. The wisdom of Solomon was at one time famous all over the then known world, and his wisdom came from God.
A good book that is filled with Christian Philosophy, that debunks the most common bad philosophy today, the “everyone is right but the Christians view” is
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air by Greg Koukl
If you have ever been told not to judge, or that truth is relative, and did not know what to say, you need this book.
The Bible has been the most read, and most tested, and the most abused book of all time. It has been used to create cults that destroy families, steal lives, and destroy souls, so many ways that it can be misused. Even Satan himself quotes Psalm 91:11-12 to Jesus in the wilderness. Matt.4:6 Jesus responded by quoting more scripture that shows how Satan was misusing that passage Deut.6:16. Well meaning Christians, as well as wolves in sheep’s clothing can abuse scriptures as well. If you misquote the Bible you can make it say anything that you want. I have even heard of a lady who justified breaking up with her husband so that she could get a new one when she read the words “put on the new man” in the Bible.
There are so many ways to read the Bible wrong it is important that we figure out how God intended us to read it.
Jude 3 tells us that the scriptures was delivered to the Saints once, and it is for all. Since it was delivered once and for all, it isn’t a special message for you and a different message for me. While the way we interpret the Bible can change as we mature in Christ, I can’t expect to find a message specifically for me in the scriptures. It was written once for everyone.
2 Tim 2:15 Says that we should work at correctly teaching the truth, which implies that there is a wrong way to teach it.
2 Peter 3:16-17 teaches that untaught, and unstable people can twist the scriptures to their own destruction., we should be on guard against this or we will be led astray by wicked people.
While it can take a lifetime to process all of the things that the Bible tells us, we can learn a great deal now via careful study. Two of my easiest to understand tips are: Never read just a Bible verse, read the whole chapter before you make any definitive statements about a verse within, and let the Bible interpret the Bible. All of the most significant teachings in the Bible are repeated several times within the Bible. If you find a teaching in the Bible that isn’t to your knowledge repeated in the Bible, get help interpreting it.
My favorite Bible translation, that is easy to understand, and comes with many useful articles to read is Apologetics Study Bible
Don’t judge, until you have heard the entire video.