Tuesday, January 04, 2011

You’re so vain, you probably think this psalm is about you!

... or

Textual Narcissism!

When you read that Psalm, or that promise in the Old Testament, who do you think that text is about? Have you contextualized your interpretation of Scripture so much that it only has meaning as far as what it means to you, and no longer has its original meaning, as meant by the author?

Someone wrote this in his book:

"The Scripture says, 'We walk by faith and not by sight' (2Cor. 5:7). That means we don't have to see it to believe it. It's just the opposite. If we believe it, then we see it. Take your dreams and the promises God has put in your heart and every day declare that they will come to pass. Just say something like, 'Father, I want to thank You that my payday is coming. You said no good thing will You withhold, because I walk uprightly. And I believe even right now You are arranging things in my favor...That's what the scripture says in Hebrews 10:35. It tells us not to cast away our confidence, for it will be richly rewarded. That's saying if we will stay in faith, if we will keep believing, keep hoping, keep doing the right thing, God promises there will be a reward."

Do you think that is Biblical? How faithful is this interpretation of the verses here to the original contexts they are found in? Have you turned the Bible into life’s little instruction book?

To find out more about the use (or abuse) of Scripture by evanjellycals, visit the White Horse Inn and listen to their program called Textual Narcissism.

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