!! Course Assignment – Biblical Hermeneutics Mega Course !! A Paper on How I Developed my Current Theology !
I finished my Hermeneutics Mega Course, part of my uThM Program and selected this topic for my second course paper.
To do so, I used course lectures from three sources: Koinonia Institute, the Theology Program, and the Master’s Seminary and the additional text, Basic Bible Interpretation.
You can read all of my course assignments here.
Let’s get started….
How I Interpret Scripture
Bible interpretation has been going on since and before the death of Christ. The Jews spent whole days listening and reading the five books of Moses in the public square (Deuteronomy 31:11; Joshua 8:34; Nehemiah 8:3). As Nehemiah put it, “they gave the sense, helping them to understand the meaning” (Nehemiah 8:8).
During Jesus’ earthly ministry, he held the people and more specifically the religious community responsible for rightly interpreting Scripture, which they seemingly failed to do (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24; John 20:9; Luke 24:44-47; John 5:39).
The apostles, on the other hand, learned the Scriptures were for the benefit of future readers, a further revealing of the mystery that had been before hidden (Romans 15:4; Colossians 1:26). For, the Scripture is no ordinary collection of writings or documents. It is supernaturally designed, inspired by God himself and is perfect to bring about its purpose (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Hebrews 4:12).
So, what is my process, exactly, when interpreting Scripture? How do I approach the book? How do I know what I am reading is correct? As the eunuch, too, was concerned with proper interpretation (Acts 8:30-35).
First and foremost, the only way to properly interpret Scripture – the only way to interpret as God wrote it to be interpreted (John 4:23-24) – is to do so by the spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4).
More important than proper hermeneutic to proper interpretation is to be led by the spirit, for the spirit was tasked to teach us all things (John 14:26). You must first be called (John 6:44), and if called, you are predestined and have the guarantee of justification, and a future glorification to come (Romans 8:30).
Without a regenerate heart, a new indwelt spirit, you cannot possibly understand the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 2:14).
Second, we not only engage the new spirit that now dwells within us, but we must likewise engage the intellect (1 Corinthians 14:15, 19), that we might ascertain what is the επιγνώσεως (G1922) “full knowledge” of the mystery of God (Colossians 2:2). This is full discernment, knowing and understanding all there is to know. For, this is the ultimate goal of God and his stated aim for the church practicum, “that we might come to the unity and faith and full knowledge of the son of God” (Ephesians 4:13).
To engage the intellect is to disengage presupposition. To approach Scripture as did the Bereans, “they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11). Not so as modernity rushing in to be critical of the text, but rather to be critical and skeptical of opinion. For there are many who will come in with false doctrine and great trickery, aimed to discredit Christ and shipwreck our faith.
To engage the spirit, we must do none other than remain steadfast in prayer and petition. It is the desire of the father to have believers who are honest and forthright.
Armed with both the guiding, renewed spirit, and the grounding logic of the rational intellect, we can then proceed to see what first the Scripture is saying in its literal, straight-forward meaning.
The literal, straight-forward, logical reading is the basis and starting point for all biblical interpretation.
An example of my interpretive process would be the doctrine of salvation by grace through faith.
First, this is not presupposed. I may believe it beforehand, that belief must not poison the text before we allow the Scripture to speak. The only way to do this is through ample and continued contextual reading. This should be the foundation of every modern believer. A system of devotion, by which you systematically read through and absorb the Scripture, slowly, methodically, without aid or study or research. Utilizing your natural language translation, you simply and continually read portions of the text, line by line, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter, book by book, until you have read through the entire 66 books of the bible. Once complete, you begin again. This is a lifelong habit.
Once this has been established, and you’ve passed through the text in its entirety several times, only then can you begin to confidently mine the text for the doctrines dispersed throughout its pages.
I begin with a single statement made, such as Ephesians 2:8-9, “by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
This is a statement made that stands on its own. It proclaims a truth, and that truth (if it is a truth and I am not reading into the text) will be echoed elsewhere in Scripture, for an ardent rule is, “by the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word may be established” (Matthew 18:16).
Where else, then, do we find this idea that we are saved by grace through faith?
We find this in Romans 4:4-5, “to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justified the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.” Likewise, further down at verse 16 it states, “it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not just to those of the law, but also to those of the faith of Abraham.” In Ephesians 2:5 Paul states again, “by grace you have been saved.”
It is a simple process by which one first gains familiarity with the text through continual contextual reading. Then, after identifying the statement of truth in question, you begin collecting additional witnesses of that statement from the rest of Scripture.
This is the basic process of becoming grounded in the apostles and the prophets (Ephesians 2:20). It is the foundation on which all doctrine and theology is built. If you have, as Jesus described, “built your house upon the sand, when the rain comes and the wind blows, your house will fall” (Matthew 7:26-27). Paul expounds on the same idea, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14).
Our foundation of theology must be built on the sure foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ being the chief cornerstone.
Once we have accomplished this task of rooting ourselves to a sure foundation in the word (not on a foundation of sand – doctrines of men or of demons) and having built upon that foundation what Paul calls, “elementary principles” (Hebrews 6:1), we can move on from topics like repentance, dead works, faith, baptism, gifts, the resurrection, end times, and instead, we can move into the greater mystery, what Paul calls, “perfection” (Hebrews 6:1) and “fellowship of the mystery” (Ephesians 3:9) and “the mystery of God” (Colossians 2:2; Revelation 10:7).
An example of this would be controversial topics like Fallen Angels (Jude 1:6; 2 Peter 2:4; Genesis 6:1; 1 Corinthians 6:3; 11:10; Book of Enoch), or a theology of Demons (Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 1 Timothy 4:1; James 2:19; 3:15; Revelation 9:20), but even these may be referred to as elemental in light of the grand and profound secrets hidden in Christ.
Is my Interpretation Exegetical or Eisegetical?
Focusing first on the primary, fundamental method of hermeneutic I employ – basic contextual reading combined with aggregation of like terms – I would argue my interpretive approach attempts exegesis.
At no point, if honest with my own motives, my own process and procedures, is there room for reading into the text what I already believe. Though, I do believe this is somewhat disingenuous.
Being a breathing, thinking, human being, made up of a mental complexity beyond even our own comprehension, our psychology would argue against objectivity and for the propensity of presupposition. The mind is in a constant state of flux as it juggles old and current beliefs, always attempting to integrate new truths into the already established structural world-view. If our mind is ceaseless in its attempt to rectify the dissonance between current believes and new truth, we are working against ourselves and our very own subconscious nature.
If I believe Genesis 6:1-3 depicts angelic beings leaving heaven and coming to earth and procreating with mortal women, if I am convinced of it to be factual and true, but tomorrow I am presented with a new theory that seems to explain away the first, my mind will work tirelessly to rectify the conflict. It could try to satisfy both truths by expanding the given context of the world view (i.e. truth 1 is true because of X and truth 2 is also true because of Y, when X and Y are harmonious). It could, after much and often subconscious deliberation reject truth 1 and replace it with truth 2, but has a greater propensity to do the opposite, holding onto already established truth.
With this evident process occurring within my own mind, and often unconsciously, I must proactively guard against it’s incessancy.
This requires frequent participation in the “devil’s advocate” process, in which I take the opposite side of a given theory or belief and must then attempt to persuade myself. Likewise, I must then take the side of my argument or belief and argue for it, ensuring it is sound and correct.
Second, having a cloud of two or three witnesses before a belief is established (this can be a messy process), it stands to reason the approach remains exegetic. It also provides some protection against cherry picking verses or proof texting.
An example belief would be the church today is false or is at least in rebellion and should be avoided.
My argument would be:
2 Thessalonians 2:3 – the falling away must come, for it will come before the Day of the Lord and Judgment Day. But, the complete falling away has not yet occurred because the man of sin has not yet been revealed.
2 Tim 4:2-4 – the modern church does not stand for sound doctrine any longer. They do not accept biblical inspiration, inerrancy, and teach a quasi spirituality that waters down or utterly leaves out the gospel of Christ, the condemnation of the lost, and the bodily resurrection. The teachers in the church today teach only what the flock want to hear. They indeed, are the blind leading the blind and right off a terrible cliff.
2 Timothy 3:1-6 – We can see these ruling the modern church, members and leaders who love themselves, love money, are boasters and proud, who blaspheme God and Christ, who are disobedient, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, have no self-control, brutal, traitors, stubborn, love pleasure, and have a form of godliness but deny its power. The bible here tells us, from these people, we should turn away!
2 Peter 2:1-3 – false teachers will bring in destructive heresies, denying the Lord, who will follow destructive ways, and will exploit the flock with deceptive words.
There are also a multitude of pagan and idolatrous traditions that are practiced and applauded in the church, some ancient, many modern. There are many secular practices and approaches in the church. It is all, in the end, a chasing after mammon, and you cannot serve both God and mammon.
Now, this belief is not popular among modern evangelicals or the Catholic church. In fact, it would not be acceptable by any organized religious institution, simply because it undermines their authority and ability to control and excise their members.
Yet, this belief arose from two sources. A biblical, contextual reading combined with first hand experience. Yes, personal experience is antidotal, and inherently subjective. But, experience is all we have to ascertain the veracity and implications developing in the external world. All sense and all thought, all belief is inherently filtered through the subjective lens of personal experience.
Another example is the future of Israel. Most in the church today would argue for some variation of the replacement theology, in that Israel forfeited it’s promises from God when they rejected Christ, and, thus, those promises were transferred to the Church. But, a literal, common-sense, contextual reading of the biblical text does not allow for such an interpretation.
Romans 9:1-11:36 – from them were entrusted the law and the prophets, but God will fulfill his purpose, and will show wrath and mercy on whomever he chooses, and Israel will be provoked to jealousy, but their remnant will be saved. We, the wild branch have been grafted into the olive tree, but Israel has been blinded until today.”
2 Corinthians 3:14-16 – A veil has been placed over their heart whenever they read the Scriptures, but whenever one turns to the Lord (Jesus Christ), that veil is taken away.
Zechariah 12:10 – Israel will receive an outpouring of grace and supplication, they will then see Christ, whom they murdered, and they will mourn him.
Zech 13:1 – a fountain will be opened for Israel and their sins will be forgiven.
It is impossible, without presupposition, to come away from a literal, common-sense, contextual reading of Scripture with a replacement theology view. To wrangle out such a doctrine, you must have that doctrine in mind before reading the text, with the intention of proving it.
There is great difficulty in separating our preconceived ideas, or personal beliefs already established, and our biases from the text we are reading or from the world we experience.
This is why it is crucial that we not only identify our theologies, our doctrines routinely, analyze the biblical basis for them, and try to eradicate, or at least hold at bay, and if possible, kill our darlings.
This requires ongoing development, guarding against our fallen nature, against our propensity to delude ourselves and oppress others.
How are People Often Misled in their Bible Interpretation?
There are typically three motivations that mislead us when attempting to interpret the bible, or gain proper understanding of the biblical text.
1. Presupposition. As discussed already, previously held beliefs will fight to the gruesome end to remain relevant in your subconscious mind. It is a destructive, cancerous element that can ruin the whole lot, if one is not vigilantly on guard against it.
2. Personal Agenda. If you have a “hobby horse” you are an expert in, if you have a personal vendetta against someone or against a particular group or denomination, if you have a favorite doctrine or belief, you will fight to the death to protect it. You will make up facts out of thin air and be convinced by them. You will allow the ends to justify the means. You will sell your soul if it means you win against your opponents. This is dangerous and very rampant within the modern church organization.
3. Supernatural Influence. There is great and fanciful talk in modernity to eradicate the belief in the existence of demonic spirits, angelic beings, or anything that transcends the natural, external world. This is all well and good if the spirit world does not actually exist. But, if it does, we are giving up a great deal of autonomy and will, inevitably, come under the sway of some malefic entity.
One example of mistaken theology is the non-biblical beliefs we often espouse for angels. There is very little in the bible that accounts for our beliefs about angels, and there is ZERO biblical evidence for how or why they were created. We simply do not know. But, this does not stop us in conjuring up all kinds of fantastical folk theologies and doctrines about their origin story, their beliefs, and how they do what it is they do.
Another example of poor interpretation is the doctrine of Inerrancy. Much of church history saw no need for such a doctrine as this, as the church and the general populous mostly saw Scripture as the Word of God and held it as divinely inspired if not at least in high esteem.
This changed with the advent of textual criticism at the close of the 19th century, where well intentioned or intentional malefactors sought to discredit the biblical text and its underlining manuscripts, rendering its authority to point out our sins as irrelevant or at least obsolete.
Inerrancy was a response by those who still held to a conservative theology, to an authentic belief in the Scripture as the inspired word of God. This culminated in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and also gave rise to the King James Only proponents.
I do not discount the accuracy of inerrancy, but it is error to interpret Scripture as supporting it.
Of the bible we can say, it is inspired of God and useful for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). It was given to us (and to all human history as it is revealed) for us to learn from, and for us to garner from it hope as we endure this dreadful world that is passing away (Romans 15:4).
The word of God is “living and powerful” (which, I might say is a greater claim than inerrancy), that it is sharper than a two edged sword, capable of dividing the soul from the spirit (if we only knew what these two things were), capable even of discerning our thoughts from our intentions (that’s a little more ominous).
We likewise are instructed to build the foundation of our faith on the apostles and the prophets (the bible), keeping Jesus Christ as the chief corner stone that holds both together (Ephesians 2:20). After all, we also know the entirety of the Old Testament is about him (Luke 24:26-27; John 5:39; Hebrews 10:7).
Peter tells us the word of God is “the prophetic word confirmed” (2 Peter 1:19), and was open to no personal interpretation on the part of the prophet but was from God, through the Holy Spirit, by way of men (2 Peter 1:20-21).
He goes on to tell us we should be “mindful of Scripture” (2 Peter 3:2) and that we should understand “the mystery of Christ, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 3:5).
What are the Distinctions Between Right Doctrine, Doctrines of Men, and Doctrines of Demons?
There appear to be three distinct divisions of doctrine in the Bible (fancy this, a doctrine about biblical doctrines). The word primarily used in the New Testament is διδαχής (G1322) “teaching” and there are three different types described: Doctrines of Men, Doctrines of Demons, and Proper Doctrine.
1. Doctrines of Men – this would be the collection of human religion, of human tradition, human reason, what the bible coins, “every way of a man is right in his own eyes” (Proverbs 21:2). Jesus focused on the teachings what opposed the knowledge of him, and this typically included the bulk of the Pharisaical wisdom (Matthew 15:9; 16:12). It also included much (if not all) of the Mosaic Law (Colossians 2:22) and included the bulk of the pagan knowledge as well as heretical knowledge masquerading as Christian doctrine (Ephesians 4:14).
In fact, it will be these doctrines of men that will overtake υγιαινούσης διδασκαλίας (G5198) (G1319) “sound doctrine, healthy, uncorrupted,” allowing the lost to chase after their own desires, telling them what they want to hear. This is the fundamental nature of the doctrines of men – faulty, misinformed, misaligned, malformed. The bible calls it, “various and strange doctrines” (Hebrews 13:9). Only a cursory glance across the modern Christian landscape today and we find this kind of doctrine prevalent and growing.
2. Doctrines of Demons – this type of doctrine is much more cryptic than the first, as it deals exclusively with the spirit world and its interaction with the physical. Paul warns us, “in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1).
Lange, in his exhaustive commentary, argues these were the old pagan religions transmuted to Christianity in the fourth century as Christianity became legalized and re-organized under Rome. This new form of Christianity simply adopted the pagan worship of the dead and Christianized its names (1).
Paul refers to this in 1 Corinthians 10:20, stating the offerings made by the gentiles to their gods, they actually were sacrificing to demons. This he calls “having fellowship with demons.” It is also the worship of angels (Colossians 2:18), but even at the end times their worship of demons persist (Revelation 9:20). There is even a doctrine of Satan (Revelation 2:24).
MacArthur likewise, in his Commentary on the New Testament, accredit’s demons as the authors of all religions besides Christianity. He states, “They have turned aside to follow deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. It is fallen angels, those demonic beings, who energize all false religion. Like their evil master, Satan, their deception is effective because they disguise themselves as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). When men worship idols, they are in reality worshiping the demons behind those idols. Leviticus 17:7 says, ‘They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot’ (Deuteronomy 32:17) and laments that Israel ‘sacrificed to demons who were not God,’ while Psalm 106:36-37 shows the depravity of such worship. Israel ‘served their idols, which became a snare to them. They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons.’ ‘The things which the Gentiles sacrifice,’ Paul wrote to the Corinthians, ‘they sacrifice to demons’ (1 Corinthians 10:20) (2).
Of their origin and fate we have only glimpses and possibilities, presumption and speculation. But, in regard their interference with human beings, of this we are certain.
3. Proper Doctrine – or, as Paul calls it, υγιαινούση διδασκαλία (G5198) (G1319) “sound teaching, healthy, uncorrupted, true.” It is this doctrine of the three that Paul claims is good for teaching, providing proof, for correction, and righteous instruction (2 Timothy 3:16). It is by utilizing this “sound doctrine” that elders can exhort and convict the enemies and wayward of Christ (Titus 1:9), and the same doctrine of the apostles they continued in after Christ’s ascension (Acts 2:42).
Sadly, it is this same “sound doctrine” predicted by Paul that the world would cease to endure (2 Timothy 4:3) and this we can see already today and that refusal has been steadily growing since his words were penned.
Of the specifics, we are not given a clear picture, but what is not included in υγιαινούση διδασκαλία we have at least a glimpse: “…lawlessness, insubordination, ungodliness, sin, unholy, profane, parricide, homicide, adultery, sodomy, kidnapping, lying, perjury (of course, this is just a partial list).
It is for work in this doctrine that the elders are counted for double honor (1 Timothy 5:17), and for each of us, we are to strive to emulate (2 Timothy 3:10), even if there will be differences among us. This, too, is preordained for the betterment of the body (1 Corinthians 11:19; Ephesians 4:13).
We are encouraged by Paul to give attention to this doctrine, to reading, to exhortation (1 Timothy 4:13). But, most interesting and perplexing I’ve found yet, I believe, if we are at all called by God, at all predestined by him, it is this doctrine that is God’s doctrine (1 Timothy 6:1-2).
What can we conclude, after journeying from the earliest times, when the Book of Moses was read in public and interpreted for them so the people could understand, to today, when what stands and confesses to be the religious representation of Christ is nothing more than a hollowed out shell of what Paul calls the doctrines of men?
What is the purpose of Scripture and how do we interpret it? As we discovered above, it is the foundation for our lives, it will serve as the essence of our eternity. It is only that which the saved and regenerate can penetrate, having the Holy Spirit as our guide and teacher, engaging our faculties, harnessing our intellect, that we might avoid devilish schemes and the influence of the satanic supernatural world, to discover what is God’s doctrine, the full knowledge of the mystery of Christ.
What we have today as the bible has been given to us and to those in the future for as long as they might have it, because we need it, not only to believe, but it also serves as our guidepost in our journey of sanctification, that we might one day see the revealing of the Sons of God.
It is on us to search the Scriptures daily, to test all things, to lay that solid foundation upon the rock. It is even expected, as Jesus expected from the Pharisees of his day, for us to venture beyond the basic, fundamental tenants of our common faith, to explore the mysteries and the profundities that only come from the lifelong pursuit of God’s perfect and penetrating will.
It is by establishing for ourselves the literal, straightforward meaning of the biblical text that we might launch ourselves into the ether of the cosmos, explore the hidden meaning, the paradox of a sinner saved by grace, of the basic makeup and persistence of all things that exist and have existed and will ever exist.
Scripture stands as a witness, and in order for that testimony to be effective, we must allow it to speak for itself, in a cloud of so many witnesses it is established.
Interpretive exegesis chases away presupposition. Proper hermeneutics banishes from our doctrine our own personal agendas, and any influence from supernatural foe.
Determined and established for yourself and for all in your charge, sound doctrine not derived from mere man’s reason or his own personal opinion, but from the very mouth and mind of God, this is the equipping of the saints for good works.
May the light shine in the dark places of our souls, and chase away the sin and the regret and the shame. May we climb higher, delve deeper, into the mysteries of the inner sanctum, through our own continual and progressive sanctification, until all come to the unity of the truth of Christ.
Until the revealing of the Sons of God.
(1) Lange, J. P. (1960). Lange’s Commentary on the Holy Scriptures 12 Double Volumes. Zondervan.
(2) MacArthur, J. (2015). The MacArthur New Testament Commentary Set of 34 volumes (MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series). Moody Publishers.
(3) Various. (2014). International Standard Bible Encyclopedia.
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“Okay, mom,” Randy said.
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Randy disappeared back under the bed, the bed sheet draping down almost to the floor. Katie could still see three little fingers pressed to the tile.
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For whatever reason, the wheelchair was really uncomfortable.
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Randy’s voice trailed off for a moment as he looked around.
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Randy stopped mid-sentence.
He scooted out from under the bed entirely and slowly crept over to her on all fours.
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Are you dead?
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The snap of the wheel locks being disengaged on Randy’s hospital bed jarred Katie out of the confusion she was in.
The doctor she’d first seen was now at the door, waiting for Randy.
He was his surgeon.
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The pre-op room was empty again.
Are you dead?
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Katie tried not to think about the dull ache growing just behind her sternum.
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