It’s about what the word of God says and its authority over our lives. A bible study is not about what we feel God is saying to us individually. The tendency is to apply the scriptures in a subjective manner. ”What does this passage mean to you?”
We should be asking what did the writer originally intend it to mean and how can we order our lives to come in line with the scriptures.
Should we be taking scriptures metaphorically or are they inspired of God and to be taken seriously?
Surely there are passages that were for the culture they were written to and don’t apply to us today.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
An old friend recently posted about an epiphany that transformed his theological understanding of God. Richard Rohr’s writings had caught him off guard and claimed yet another victim of universalism. His teaching alters the biblical God to one of his own design. A god that loves everyone and everything without conditions. This god differs greatly from the true God described in the scriptures in that it is not holy as He is. Because God is holy and righteous in all of His ways, unrighteousness cannot coexist in His presence. A god that is not holy requires no accounting for people’s sins, therefore no need for them to change, and no need for a saviour. John the baptist and his cousin Jesus got it all wrong. People don’t ever need to repent because this new god loves them all to bits just the way they are. When a Christian strays from God and neglects daily repentance and seeking to conform to God’s image, he is left wide open to errant philosophies. Repentance is an unpleasant process that requires dying to ones self. Without repentance from sin, one is disqualified from calling themselves a Christian. This new god is not really a God at all, just an imaginary force, a feel good vibe that disappoints in the end. Once God is reduced from a personage to a mere force, His holy nature loses relevancy. Morality becomes a sliding scale of relativity rather than an absolute code. The authority of the scriptures is softened almost to the point of redundancy.