Ligneous Hermeneutics


I fully admit that there are certain things that tend to make me erupt. Certain triggers that makes me bark like that Russell Terrier next door.  One of these happens to be dispensational hermeneutics.  Now a little back story.  I came to Christ during the heyday of Hal Lindsey’s Late Great Planet Earth.  I grew up in what can only be called a liberal protestant church so the first time I was exposed to the concepts of the imminent return of Christ, the rapture,  the tribulation, I was scared spit less.  I didn’t want to be “left behind”.

Later on I went through a series of teaching at the Bible church that I was attending called “God’s plan for the ages”  In it I learned what can only be called “classic dispensationalism”  Seven dispensations or economies,  separation of Israel and the Church and the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic”.

So on twitter I was asked why I didn’t like the “grammatical-historic hermeneutic”  and I replied:

Yes everyone replies with that statement as if that was the problem instead of the wooden literalism they thrust upon it.

Which is a bit snarky I will freely admit and let me apologize for the snark right now. But it is true it isn’t the “grammatical-historic” method or interpreting. In R.C.Sproul’s book Knowing Scripture he lists this method as one of the interpretive methods used to understand the text of scripture.  What I dislike is the presuppositions that are applied to the method that tend to skew the results.

For instance it has been my experience that those that follow the dispensational method of grammatical-historic interpretation (here to be known as DMGH) tend to  down play the genre of the text and the theological implications of the text.  Take the case of Sarah and Hagar.

In Galatians 4 Paul takes the historical narrative regarding Sarah and Hagar and says they are metaphors for two types of covenants.  But that violates completely what you would interpret from that story in Genesis  but Paul adds a theological interpretation that wouldn’t be allowed under the strict literalism of dispensationalist.

And there lies the problem I have with DMGH it must be always the literal meaning even though there are multiple times that isn’t how the text is being interpreted by other writers of the scripture.  Examples  Matt 1:23 ~Isa. 7:14   following DMGH Isa. 7:14 can only be fulfilled in the time of Ahab and in fact according to Isa. 8:1-4 Isaiah’s son actually fulfilled the prophecy.    Yet Matthew says this applies to Jesus.  So there must be something more than just grammar and history regarding this interpretation there is a theological genre that must be added to it.

This wooden hermeneutic which IMHO does more damage to the text  by not considering the total:   Grammatical, historical, genre, and  theological method which is I believe the more fuller method of biblical interpretation.

 

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Frenetic Friday


Buckle up it’s going to be a bumpy ride.  More like a roller coaster actually.

Breakfast its important

Oh where to start, where to start.  How about breakfast?  It is the most important meal of the day.  Well unless you’re Kellogg’s Corn Pops then well then you are racist, at least your art on your cereal box is.

I am of two minds regarding this.  First  in the sea of yellow characters why did the artist have just one brown character?   And why a janitorial job?  But my other thought is am I reading too much into the back of cereal box?  Must we look for the hidden agenda everywhere?

Oh and while we are on this subject here is a helpful flow chart supplied by  1870 Magazine to help you decided if your Halloween Costume is racist.

Personally I am staying home and reading a book.

And now in barking mad news:

From the website of Campus Reform comes the story of a feminist professor by the name of Sara Giordano who claims that “traditional science” relies on “a colonial and racialized form of power,” and must be replaced with an “anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”  No I am not making this up click the link.  Of course my thought is that good luck on getting your computer fixed with that”anti-science, antiracist, feminist approach to knowledge production.”

Speaking of Science…

From the U.K.’s Independent: Scientists can’t figure out why the universe exists at all.  According to the current model in the beginning there would have been equal amounts of matter and anti-matter which should have annihilated each other completely leaving no matter at all. Christian Smorra, the author of a new study conducted at CERN said this:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist. An asymmetry must exist here somewhere but we simply do not understand where the difference is. What is the source of the symmetry break?

The latest possibility was matter and anti-matter’s different magnetism. But new research shows that they are identical in that way too – lending further mystery to the question of why the universe is still around at all.

My answer to this is:

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Robotic Over Lord alert

Do you remember Sophia the robot that wants to destroy humans?

Now comes information from Saudi Arabia that Sophia has been given citizenship. however unlike other “females” that live in Saudi Arabia she won’t have to wear a burka, maybe. And it is unclear what citizenship will mean for robots in Saudi Arabia. Of course under Saudi law females can’t make important decisions unless given permission by their male guardians. Which should give humanity some breathing room.

And that is it for Frenetic Friday.

But there are many interpretations ~ John Divito


Today’s Theology Thursday comes from the Founders Ministries

But there are many interpretations

Over the years, when I bring God’s Word into my conversations with others, I have often heard: “But there are so many different interpretations of the Bible. How do you know that yours is the one that is true? Isn’t it arrogant to believe that your interpretation is the only true one?” Because I know that many people have asked these questions or have wrestled with the many interpretations of Scripture out there, here is my response:

Scripture is God’s Revelation to Us

We must begin by answering the question: What is Scripture? There are really only two possible answers to this question. One way is to recognize the Bible as God’s words to mankind. So our Creator and Lord has revealed Himself and His will to us in the pages of Scripture through human authors. Now if God has sought to communicate to us, then why would we think that He cannot speak to us clearly so that we will understand His revelation to us? When our God speaks, He speaks to be understood. God has created us in His image to receive His revelation so that we can know what He wants us to know. Therefore, we have every confidence in knowing that we can understand what God has revealed when we interpret His Word.  (Continue here)

Catechism


What are the sacraments or ordinances?

    The sacraments or ordinances given by God and instituted by Christ, namely baptism and the Lord’s Supper, are visible signs and seals that we are bound together as a community of faith by his death and resurrection. By our use of them the Holy Spirit more fully declares and seals the promises of the gospel to us.

    Romans 6:4 and Luke 22:19–20

    We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

    And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.”

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    With what attitude should we pray?

      With love, perseverance, and gratefulness; in humble submission to God’s will, knowing that, for the sake of Christ, he always hears our prayers.

      Philippians 4:6

      Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

      Another false prophet


      I am taking a moment here from my hiatus to poke my finger into the eye of the rapture watch/doomsday cult.  

      People like this false prophet using everything but scripture to tell you lies.

      These Balaams claiming to know something would have us sitting on our roofs waiting for the end.

      Well here’s a clue it didn’t happen. Nobody knows when Christ will return, nobody.

      Matthew 24:36

      But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. 

      So read your Bible, listen to the elders in church as they teach and throw away every book that sets dates for future events.

      That is all.

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      Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

        No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

        Galatians 2:16

        Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

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        What do justification and sanctification mean?

          Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us.

          1 Peter 1:1–2

          To those who are elect…according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

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          What do we believe by true faith?

            Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

            Jude 1:3

            I…appeal…to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saint

            Catechism 


            What is faith in Jesus Christ?

              Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

              Galatians 2:20

              I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.