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3.0 out of 5 stars Only the few know scripture, December 27, 2002
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R. C. Sproul's little book on how to know scripture is a must read for all Christians who want to be insulted. According to Sproul, interpreting scripture must be left to the experts who can figure out all the social, political, and linguistic variables of the time. Really what he seems to be saying is that you have to be R. C. Sproul or the Pope or someone of equal rank to be able to understand scripture. Don't waste your time....just start reading Genesis Chapture One, Verse One, and go on from there.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2009 1:51:52 PM PST
S. Haslam says:
Biblical rules of interpretation are sensible rules that help us rightly understand the Lord's purpose and intended meaning of Scripture. Answering simple questions such as who is the audience, what is happening, when did the events take place, where did it take place, how it fit in with the rest of Scripture, etc. keep us from reading our own experiences and opinions into the text. I agree with this reviewer in that you don't have to be an "expert" in order to read and understand Scripture. However, reading with the context of surrounding Scripture in mind, as well as answering these questions will greatly benefit anyone reading Scripture. I highly recommend that you read Sproul's book.

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 9:32:26 AM PDT
You are completely wrong. For 1500 years the Christian Church held to the correct policy that the average person simply did not have the intellectual and educational background to understand scripture. Never at any point in either Jewish or Christian history did anyone but Priest or educated scholars have access to or disseminate the Holy Scriptures to the masses. ONly since the Protestant revolution has this been so. I am a Protestant BTW. They knew correctly so that the average person had no way of understanding the context of a record that was greatly influenced by the time in which those inspired lived. As a result exactly what they feared has happened. Hundreds of Heretical Secs like Church of Christ, Assembly of God Jehovah's WItnesses, Mormans and yes even Baptist have sprung up teaching a theology that is so heretical that is only superficially reflects the God we have worshipped for thousands of years and have been aware of since our spiritual awakening. You sir I fear will be one of the millions or even billions who when you meet your maker will find a stranger. If you have lived a life that glorifies him and has not transgressed I think he will accept you none the less but R.C. is trying and always has to bring people into an awareness if not understanding that the scriptures are far far more complex than they might be able to comprehend and that they should treat them as a "Paper Pope" only at their peril.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 17, 2009 3:57:59 PM PDT
Todd S. says:
And on what authority do you determine whether a teaching or Sec (sic) is heretical?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2011 9:23:32 PM PST
So Baptists are heretics that are destined to hell? Just because you don't agree with someone does not mean that you know they are going to hell. If you are bashing all these Continuationist church's, but are adding scripture, then maybe the AG and Baptists (not JW or Mormon) are not the ones in the wrong. I would LOVE to hear where you get your doctrine from. It's not what the Word says...

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2011 4:40:05 PM PDT
Speratus says:
Mr Stuckey,

<< You sir I fear will be one of the millions or even billions who when you meet your maker will find a stranger.>>

By this statement I assume you mean that their maker (God) will upon meeting them say " I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23) NKJ . You have now placed yourself on the White Throne of judgment which is clearly only in God's purview not mans. We are to judge righteously according to His word but never in His place. (John 7:24)

<<If you have lived a life that glorifies him and has not transgressed I think he will accept you none the less>>

This statement is not only illogical, but it is not scriptural. Firstly "thinking" someone may make it to Heaven is completely arbitrary and has no foundational basis. Secondly the Bible says " All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) So the statement when viewed in the light of scripture is self defeating.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2012 11:05:24 AM PDT
Joseph says:
Are you Catholic or were you raised Catholic Jeff?

Because those 'experts' who went around burning the Bible and 'heretics' who read that were exactly what you promote: the 'highly educated elite' interpretting the Bible for everyone else.

I'll study the Bible for myself and let God sort out the Mormons and the Jehovah Witnesses, thank you very much.
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