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Friday, April 1, 2011

The Bible Cannot Be Understood with the Brain Alone

I have heard many secular people make fun of the things recorded in the Bible. They point to the times when God said to wipe out the inhabitants in the Promised Land so that His people can have their own land and cry foul. They think that sexual abstinence before marriage is ridiculous. They see that abortion is a viable solution to an unwanted pregnancy rather than a life that is ended. Each of these are clear teachings from the Bible.

The problem is that the Bible can't simply be understood with the human brain. It has been God-breathed as it was written. It must be spiritually interpreted to be accurately understood. Those who do not possess a spirit that is alive to God's Spirit simply can't understand it. We shouldn't be surprised when they act like it is foolish because even the Bible says that they will see things from the Spirit of God as foolishness.

That should also make us be cautious about our interpretations. We don't have to listen to the Spirit of God just because we are spiritually alive. Many Christians try to get the Bible to say what they want it to say. They want it to justify something they want to do. It isn't God's will but they try to make it God's will. And their interpretation seems to make sense with their brains. However, it won't pass the spiritual litmus test. The Spirit of God didn't reveal it to them.

Each of us needs to be cautious when we read the Bible. We need to know that it is the Spirit of God who revealed it to us. Otherwise, we can be just as foolish as those who don't understand it at all.

1 Corinthians 2:14 (ESV)
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

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