No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means. – George Bernard Shaw
I happened to see this quote while I was searching for something else, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to write about for my Sunday message.
It’s kind of funny if you think about it.
My beliefs about what I read in the Bible have evolved over the years. Something I thought was true in 1985, I might see differently today.
My basic belief is that what God reveals to me when I read scripture may be different than what God reveals to you. Neither of us are wrong.
By the way, I won’t be condemning you for what you say it means.
Not everyone is like that. I know a pastor that is known as a so-called “expert” on the Bible who comes across in some of his sermons as a know-it-all and the final word about the Bible. I’ve known other leaders in the church who felt their interpretation was the only correct version. One even jumped down my throat for saying, “To me this means…” because it was different than what it meant to him.
People like those I mentioned above hurt Christianity today. God made us different.
I’ve been a Christian for many years, and I have learned that you can’t let those people get you down.
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. – Romans 15:4 (NIV)
Have a great week!