The Word of God

The Bibleis the inspired, inerrant, infallible word of God — but it is not the only word of God. Wherever we find truth and goodness, and the presence of God, there is the word of God.

Certainly private Bible reading and study has value, but Bible teachers usually insist they have to explain what it means, to interpret it. Then they use all kinds of interpretation techniques to come to the most strangest of conclusions. I reject the following interpretation techniques...

  1. Typology
  2. Allegory
  3. Arbitrarily figurative

I prefer to interpret the Bible in a strictly literal manner.

Interpreting the Old Testament

Mark 14:27and Matthew 26:31highlight a significant aspect of Old Testament interpretation. They interpret the passage in Zechariah 13:7(strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter) to refer to Jesus and his 12 disciples. But if you try to interpret all of Zechariah chapter 13in this way it is complete gibberish.

Therefore, we should not insist that the Old Testament passages must flow from one verse (or one phrase) to the next in a nice, orderly, chronological manner. Rather, one thought triggers the next thought, and these can jump wildly from topic to topic and between times and places.

Thus we have the common circumstance in which the phrase "day of the Lord" refers to the impending captivity of Israel by the Babylonians, but in the same chapter and even the same verse it also refers to the first coming of Jesus, or the second coming of Jesus.

The attempts to interpret the book of Revelationas strictly chronological is extremely misguided.

Idioms vs. Figures of Speech

In my view we should interpret the Bible strictly literally.This means no allegory,no figures of speech (except similes), and no typology. However, there is one case in which we should deviate from the literal meaning of the words — in the use of idioms.

Idioms are uses of words in a phrase to mean something different than the usual meaning of the words. An example is Psalms 140:3.Idioms are not figures of speech but have arbitrary meanings that can't possibly be deciphered — these must be learned just as the meanings of words must be learned.