Escha-whatzit & Herme-whozit? (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about the connection between eschatology (the study of last things or end times) and hermeneutics (how scripture is interpreted).  A person’s eschatology will flow from how they interpret scripture so when people talk about eschatology, they’re also (perhaps unconsciously) talking about how to interpret scripture.  Given that the integrity…

Escha-whatzit & Herme-whozit? (Part 1)

Over the years, I’ve learned how connected eschatology and hermeneutics are.  “Eschatology” is a fancy word for “last things.”  When we talk about the end times, we are talking about eschatology.  “Hermeneutics” refers to how a person or group interprets the Bible.  A person’s hermeneutic is the lens through which they look at scripture.  The…

Interpretive Hypocrisy

At a men’s group this morning, we discussed how to interpret the Bible.  Our conversation reminded me of a booklet I wrote: “This Is What Is Written: What the Scriptures Say about Their Interpretation.”  Below is the introduction: For most Christians, how to interpret the scriptures is central to their beliefs. After all, the way someone interprets…

This Is What Is Written (Part 2)

Picture taken at Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum Please read Part 1 before continuing…. We have been saying that the full meaning of scripture is found in Christ.  Yet this doesn’t abolish historical or literal meanings.  For example: Isaiah saw the Lord “seated on a throne,” and prophesied that the Israelites would be “ever hearing,…

This Is What Is Written (Part 1)

Interpreting the scriptures is central to Christian belief.  After all, the way someone interprets the Bible determines how they understand and live out their faith.  These days, many methods of biblical interpretation have been advanced.  Some favor a literal interpretation, some a wholly symbolic one.  Others believe that no book of the Bible can be…

The Jesus Pictures: Guest Post by Cameron Fultz

Recently, a friend lent me a book entitled The Jesus Pictures by Cameron Fultz.  In the book, Cameron outlines a Christ-saturated approach to the scriptures that is taught by the scriptures themselves (Luke 24:45-47; John 5:39-40).  I feel this is deeply important.  What follows here is material I’ve excerpted from chapter one of Cameron’s book (with his…