How can I understand the Bible?

Gay Christians and the Bible

As born again blood-bought gay Christians, the Spirit of God dwells in our hearts by faith. We love, believe, read, study and obey the Holy Bible because we love God and desire to please Him. We are indwelt by the Holy Spirit and He guides us into all truth.

1. Inspiration - We believe that the Bible is given by inspiration of God, 2 Timothy 3:16. We're not saying the Bible is inspiring like a great novel or like the biography of a great person. Sure the Bible is inspiring but that's not what we mean here. Inspiration deals with the source of the Bible. The Bible claims to be given by, breathed out by God so that everything it says, the very words themselves, are trustworthy and true, 2 Peter 1:20-21.

2. Authority - Because the words of the Bible are from God, through human authors, the words of the Bible carry God's authority. Scripture is profitable because it is breathed out by God. We need to view scripture the way God views it. We need to believe that the words of scripture are from God and are true because belief is required for the Bible to work effectually in us, 1 Thessalonians 2:13.

3. Trustworthy - The ultimate issue for all of us is, can we trust the Bible? Genuine Christians believe the Bible is trustworthy. Cultural christians only believe the parts of the Bible which agree with their human reason. Since God is true, it naturally follows that God's words are true and we should believe all of them, Psalm 12:6-7, 119:128, 140, Proverbs 30:5.

How can we understand the Bible?

The Bible means what it says and says what it means. When we read the Bible, we take the plain common sense understanding of scripture whenever possible. We understand that the Bible is rich with language idioms and figures of speech which serve to make God's word all the more interesting. Context or a direct statement of scripture in the Bible tells us when something is allegorical, for example.

"Which things are an allegory (some versions read "symbolic"): for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar (Hagar)..." - Galatians 4:24, KJV

Theologian Charles Hodge wrote: "The words of Scripture are to be taken in their plain historical sense. That is, they must be taken in the sense attached to them in the age and by the people to whom they were addressed.”

That is just another way of saying that we must always consider the historical meaning of the words of the Bible as we apply it to our lives in the twenty first century. How did the people to whom it was originally given understand it in light of their knowledge base, of their culture, of their laws, of their religion, of their interaction with God?

  1. We believe that God and the human authors of scripture were honest and intended their words to be understood.

  2. For correct understanding, Bible verses must always be read in context. Context includes:

  3. biblical context
    cultural context
    doctrinal context
    historical context
    linguistic context
    literary context
    religious context

  4. The fact that the clobber passages do not condemn loving same sex relationships is an important contextual clue that the prohibition aimed to prohibit something other than loving same sex relationships.

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Aug 20, 2007
"Sola Scriptura"
by: Anonymous

I agree, praise the Lord!

Sep 18, 2007
we can trust the book
by: Anonymous

It is not difficult to understand or believe. Christians have made biblical scholarship into something we have to have 10 degrees to understand. NO. Even a child can understand salvation. It is so simple.

Jan 24, 2013
The Lord Is Good
by: Melonie

It is all about "context". God is for us not against us. Thank you Lord for your Word and your faithfulness even when we are not. God is faithful. Job 13:15

Mar 05, 2014
I Don't Understand
by: Christian Believer

You confirm and believe that the Bible is the Living Word of God, and that everything in it is true. I would also assume that you believe that God is perfect in all ways and therefore does not and cannot change, either in views or thoughts. If this is so, then how can you explain the blatant Bible Verse in the old testament that speaks against homosexuality?

Leviticus 18:22 - “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.

I understand that this is the old covenant so here is a verse from under the new covenant:

1 Corinthians 6:9 - Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Now if God's views on homosexuality in the old covenant were detestable, and in the new testament are regarded as sin and God does not change, than how can you say under the new covenant that homosexuality is okay?

Is it through God's Grace that we have all been washed clean? Yes but does that mean we can ignore those things detestable to God and continue on in our sin as before....According to the Bible it says no, we are to turn from our wicked sinful ways and turn to God removing ourselves from that sinful lifestyle.

Rick's comment: The word homosexuality is not in any Hebrew or Greek manuscript of the OT or NT. The topic was shrine prostitution in Leviticus and in 1 Corinthians.

Shrine prostitution in 1 Cor 6:9.

Shrine prostitutes, not homosexuals.

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