Weeding the Bible

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness ~~~~2Tim 3:16

Over the course of my life, I have listened to people quote bible scriptures many times. Most often, they would do this to prove their point in a situation. I believed what they said since I had not read it for myself. What was interesting to me, was when two people would debate the scriptures. One person would say that a certain scripture meant one thing, and the other person would say that it meant something entirely different. I kept wondering how that could happen.

The first thought that I had was that the two people mentioned above had different bible translations. After looking up a few scriptures in different translations, I realized that could not possibly be the case. The difference in translations is just basically, in the order of the words in the instances that I have found. Although the words may be in a different order, the meaning of the scripture is exactly the same. This is excluding any translations in languages other than English of course, since English is the only language that I speak.

It was not until after I began going to church in 2012 that I was able to figure out how two people could get different meanings from the same scripture. On one particular night, our pastor was giving a sermon on what I like to call “Weeding the Bible.” In the basic sense, “weeding” means that a person picks and chooses certain scriptures to further their point or agenda with a subject. What happens is that a person will find a scripture that suits their belief, no matter what the true meaning is, and quote it as part of their own agenda. This person claims that the scripture quoted means exactly what THEY claim that it means. The epic fail with this logic is that they are failing to read the scriptures before and after the one that they quoted.

I will be the first to admit that I have fallen for this for almost my entire life. Well, not anymore! I have found that this “twisting of scriptures” leads to more falling away from God, and staying away from God, than you could possibly imagine. By doing this, a person is misleading others and giving them an untrue picture of who God really is. It sounds like the work of Satan doesn’t it? Simply put, the bible is not a field of weeds to be plucked, but a valley of flowers to be treasured. Let the true and complete word of God inspire you đŸ™‚

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  1. This is very good and very much needed for the body of Christ – the whole counsel of God, rather than just cherry picking based on your topic, forcing the scripture to advance your own agenda (aka eisegesis), or simply ripping a happy sounding scripture totally out of context. This is why I favor expository studies (through either a whole passage – contextual – or through a whole book – consecutive).

    Thanks for your post – It always encourages me to see someone pursuing this line of thinking.


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