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Interpreting the Bible

The bible is an interesting and wonderful book (or, more accurately, collection of books). It has stood the test of time and had a great influence on world history. Though we may know little about it, when we pick it up and read, we can be almost shocked in places by its confrontational, take-me-as-I-am kind of attitude. And even if we don’t wish to dig deeper than the plain surface meaning of the text, or look into the history of the way the bible came to us, it seems, nevertheless, to have about it an inherent authority – a kind of given-ness. Millions of people have found real power in the words contained in the bible. It can change lives and has done so throughout its history. It is indeed ‘sharper than any two edged sword’ (Hebrews 4:12). Read more »