Bible Featured

Everything in the Bible is True… BUT

A look at some common misconceptions about the Bible.

The Bible is unlike any other book. It’s far and away the most popular book of all time. More copies of the Bible have been sold /distributed than the next 10 books put together. Yet despite its popularity no book has been misused, misunderstood, or collects more dust than the Bible.

The Most Popular Book of All Time

Much of this stems from some misconceptions about the Bible. While the Bible is 100% true, there is a BUT. Rather a few. It’s important that we understand these BUTs so that we can have a better understanding of the Bible and the message it’s communicating. Not only what the Bible is, but also what it isn’t. The BUTs are important. 

Let’s look at some of these BUTs… 

All True, But Not All Equal

Everything in the Bible is true, but not all truths hold the same weight. All truth is not equal, or at least not equally applicable.

Take the book of Acts for example, a great compilation of the history of the early church. It’s a great book, and it’s all true. But it doesn’t hold the same theologically weight as say, the book of Romans. Both books are true, but they must be applied and interpreted very differently.

While everything in the Bible is true, not everything is equally applicable or relevant for every life stage.

Take for example John 3:16-17; this passage is valuable for the young, the old, and the in-betweens. It’s a good truth for a new Christian, someone who’s been a Christian for a long time, and it’s good for people considering following Jesus to know. It gives a concise message of the Gospel. It’s applicable at every age and life stage.

Now compare John 3:16-17 to the Song of Songs. Both are true. But Song of Solomon would be of little use to teach a Sunday School class of 4 year olds. It’s not yet applicable to them, yet. It’s true, but it’s in their life stage they do not need to know the fullness of that truth.

All scripture is true, but not equal. We must evaluate each truth in scripture to discover how we should apply it in our lives.

All True, But Not the Center of Christianity

I might lose some of you on this one. But bare with me.

Everything in the Bible is true, but it’s not the center of Christianity. Nor does it claim to be. Christianity is built upon Jesus (God in flesh), his death for our sins, and most importantly his resurrection conquering death. That’s the center of Christianity.

The Bible is not the center of Christianity, rather it is written about the center of Christianity: Jesus.

Let me be clear. I’m not trying to downplay the importance of the Bible. Rather I want us to have the correct view of scripture. The Christian faith is built upon Jesus, and what he did for us. The Bible contains that story and how we should live in light of what he did.

“Christianity does not exist because of the Bible any more than you exist because of your birth certificate. Your birth certificate documents something that happened. If you lose it you do not go out of existence.”Andy Stanley

We should let the Bible point us and guide us towards Jesus. The Bible is all true, but it’s not the center of faith for Christians.

All True, But Not Comprehensive

Everything in the Bible is true, but not everything that is true is in the Bible. We know this, but sometimes we fail to live like this. If I jump off my roof I know I’m going to fall to the ground and hurt myself. The Bible doesn’t tell me that, but science does. It’s true, but it’s not in the Bible. Truth exists apart from the Bible. I don’t go to my Bible when I’m trying to repair my car. Why? Because that truth is not in there. But that doesn’t make the Bible any less true. It just means that not everything is in the Bible.

Contrary to popular belief the Bible doesn’t tell you everything you need to know. That’s not the purpose of the Bible. The purpose is to tell the story of God redeeming his people and the hope that we have because of what He has done.

Anyone claiming the Bible contains everything you need to know is just wrong. It doesn’t. And that’s not the point of the Bible. The Bible’s goal isn’t to point to ALL truth. What it does is point to the greatest truth, Jesus. The Bible is all true, but all truth is not in the Bible.

All True, But Not the Same Purpose and Style

Everything in the Bible is true, but not everything is written for the same purpose. The Bible is often viewed as one book, but really it’s a compilation of 66 unique books, with different styles, authors, and purposes. You cannot read each book the same.

Genres of Scripture

This is a rough graph that depicts some of the various genres that are found in scripture. Each much be read and interpreted differently. Think of it this way. You don’t read a history textbook the same way you read a book of poetry. One is read as literally truth and the other is an artistic and probably emotional examination of something. They are both useful and needed, but vastly different styles and serve different purposes.

When we approach the Bible we must read each book the way it was intended to be read. Much harm has been done from people claiming because the Bible is all true you should take everything in it literally. You shouldn’t. At least not all of it.

Take the book of Psalms for example. It is a book of poetry and songs and uses exaggerated language to point to a truth. It’s not literally true. We do the same thing today in our songs and poems. Bruno Mars claims that he would catch a grenade, throw his head on a blade, and jump in front of a train for the one he loves. Is that literally true? Probably not. He is exaggerating the truth to point to how deep his love is for that person. The book of Psalms (and all poetry in the Bible) does the same thing.

Each genre needs to be read differently. When a genre of one of the books is historical or Gospel it can be read more literally. When it’s poetry or apocalyptic or prophetic then it shouldn’t be read literal; rather look at the meaning behind the words. And the books of Law and the Letters in the NT need to be read in the context of the audience to which they were written. 

Just as we read modern books in the genre they were written we must do the same with the Bible. If we don’t we will end up with a warped view of the authors original intent. The Bible is all true, but comes in many styles and different purposes.

With a better understanding we can read the Bible the way it was meant to be read. And I believe the impact that will make on our individual faith journeys will be huge. Not only that, I believe it will bleed over in how we treat others. If we get rid of some of these misconceptions of the greatest news of all time, it can be better spread to those that desperately need it.

Your turn… What are you thoughts? I’m sure some reading will disagree. I would love to hear from you as well!

52 comments on “Everything in the Bible is True… BUT

  1. Reblogged this on The Biker's Wave and commented:
    Excellent overview of what the Bible is and isn’t. We do not worship God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Bible – We worship the true Trinity God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.


  2. Very educative and expository. Nice job.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I find it unhelpful when others tell us what to read and how to understand what we read. That can pollute the message don’t you think? I read the bible as a child because I wanted to be close to God. I read the gospels on my own and developed my own understanding as God’s Word communicated directly with me. Was I shocked when I was told by my Priest that Jesus was God. What? I never got that impression while reading the Gospels.

    I found as I matured that there are many other sources of spiritual food that equally satisfy the spiritual longing. Modern day spiritualists that convey much greater insights with real life applications for internal peace and serenity when applied in our lives.

    Religion is divisive and complicated, while spirituality is free and enlightening. We should read and understand all writings on our own, don’t get polluted by others telling you what you have read or how you have misread. Trust the truth from within and it will set you free!

    Liked by 1 person

    • I don’t think that. What matters most is the authors intended meaning. It does little good to create your own truth. The “truth from within” as you say is not the truth I want to rely solely on. It has it’s place, but it’s not the ultimate guide.

      We often miss things when we read on our own. Much like you missed Jesus being God. It’s clear in the Bible that Jesus claims many times to be God. But that can be missed if we don’t actually study the original intent and just read with our own presuppositions.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Thanks Jeffery … Your quick reply speaks volumes to me as a fellow believer. I think James 3:1 is worthy of consideration when taking on a teaching role in your Ministry service.

        Jesus communicates directly on the matter in John 17:3, that everlasting life includes Jesus and in knowing the only true God who sent him.

        Share the love of Christ and avoid the heavier accountability on preaching Religion.

        ~ Peace to you Jeffery!

        Liked by 2 people

      • Right on, Jeffery.


      • Will Hensel

        Jeffrey, I appreciate your putting these matters forth as an invitation to conversation, and your stated recognition that not all who value truth and the Bible will agree with you on every matter you discuss.

        And I even more deeply value your own commitments: Jesus Follower. Husband. Pastor. Wannabe writer. Trying to be more like Jesus each day.

        At this point, on first reading and brief reflection, the one point in your discussion that I’d step apart from is the ‘But’ in your title :-). Conjunctions and prepositions often are the key to learning and communicating in (and with speakers of) other languages. In my own dialect, ‘And’ is probably the conjunction that fits my perspective on the Bible parsed in your essay. ‘But’ probably is a trigger word for me–get’s my warning lights blinking and my pulse and blood pressure moving up :-).

        You say nothing that will be entirely new to most participating here, and all that you share is worth our consideration and discussion. Thanks! PS: In All True, But Not the Center of Christianity, the second sentences probably should be ‘But BEAR with me.’


    • Ever read this? “He who keeps his life will lose it, but he who loses his life for My sake will keep it to life eternal.” Think of that in the context of “Give to God what is God’s,” and there is no doubt that Jesus is claiming to be God. What belongs to God more than one’s life, and He is saying that you should lose your life for Him? Either He’s God, or what He’s speaking of is idolatry. And then, “Whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father and His angels. Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will acknowledge him before My Father and His angels.” Obviously, Jesus is making Himself the very centre of everything. Only God is worthy of that!


    • I came out of years of deceptive new age spirituality, best thing I did. I can see your shock. Jesus is the Son of God not God. You read correctly!

      Liked by 1 person

      • Thank you Lana … I have traveled a similar path daring to challenge and explore as Holy Spirit directed me through God’s Word, Much like Jeffery has done here … he has dared to step beyond where “the church” is comfortable by promoting his own insights. Very inspiring I must admit ~ Peace

        Liked by 1 person

      • Yes, Christ Jesus in his humanity is the only begotten Son of God, we are children of God by adoption. But as to the deity of Christ, consider John chapter 1: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God (v 1). . .and the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (v.14). . .The Word that became flesh was Christ Jesus, this Word (Christ Jesus) was from the beginning and created all things. (v. 3) Also consider John, chapter 10 starting with verse 22. When we come to verse 30 Christ says, “I and the Father are one.” The Jews understood exactly what Jesus was saying. They knew in that statement that Jesus was making himself equal with God because they took up stones to stone him. Historical Christianity teaches that there is but ONE living and true God and that there are three persons in the God-head, The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one GOD, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

        Liked by 1 person

      • The idea of trinity is something that has come from pagan worship (research Nimrod). This 3 in 1 concept confuses would-be Christians … God is not the author of chaos.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Thank you Lana, I spent many decades debating doctrine … establishing my belief and then expanding beyond it. I was liberated from Religion when I disconnected from allegiance to “my truth” and accepted Christ on his terms. I expanded beyond my personal salivation and was able to take on Christ’s view … 1 John 2:2.

        We are all part of the same family and whatever story, history, allegory, heritage, language, ideas or conclusions we experience we are all part of the truth. When we insist and hold to “our truth” we label all those who disagree with us as what? The truth that sets us free is Christ’s love … as explained in Matthew 5:44-46.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Anonymous

    Jeffrey, I appreciate your putting these matters forth as an invitation to conversation, and your stated recognition that not all who value truth and the Bible will agree with you on every matter you discuss.

    And I even more deeply value your own commitments: Jesus Follower. Husband. Pastor. Wannabe writer. Trying to be more like Jesus each day.

    At this point, on first reading and brief reflection, the one point in your discussion that I’d step apart from is the ‘But’ in your title :-). Conjunctions and prepositions often are the key to learning and communicating in (and with speakers of) other languages. In my own dialect, ‘And’ is probably the conjunction that fits my perspective on the Bible parsed in your essay. ‘But’ probably is a trigger word for me–get’s my warning lights blinking and my pulse and blood pressure moving up :-).

    You say nothing that will be entirely new to most participating here, and I believe that all you have shared is worth consideration and discussion. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks for reading! I certainly see your point with my use of the word “but”. I was actually hoping to get that kind of response with my use, so it actually worked! I can see why “and” would fit, but sometimes you gotta grab peoples attention. I guess I’m a little more drawn to the dramatic. I want people to be caught a little off guard. That way they have to engage with the topic and possibly rethink their position.

      Sorry for increase in blood pressure! I appreciate you comments and reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Anonymous identifies a similar pattern of internal disruption that rings “Warning” to me too. Be careful when you put your neck on the line as a teacher. James 3:1 comes to mind as worthy of consideration here.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I appreciate the concern, but I have people in my life that check my heart. James 3 is a great passage but that has little to do with what I have written in this article.


  6. Great job, Jeffery. I think you hit the nail on the head with this excerpt: “We should let the Bible point us and guide us towards Jesus. The Bible is all true, but it’s not the center of faith for Christians.”

    Liked by 2 people

  7. No, we should not worship the Bible nor should we elevate it above Who Jesus is and the story of redemption. BUT. A low view of Scripture leads to a low view of Salvation and that story of redemption. We can’t skip past the Bible and just get on to Jesus because without the inerrant Scriptures, we would know nothing of the Savior.
    So, yes, the Bible is not the center of Christianity but without it, we would be lost in our sin, ignorant of a Savior who died for us.
    So a very high view is needed of how the story of God’s plan of salvation comes to us before we can get to the story itself.

    Liked by 3 people

    • I agree! The Bible tells us about the center of Christianity, Jesus. And we should let the Bible guide us and direct us towards a deeper understanding and relationship with him.

      Liked by 2 people

  8. Leaving room for if, and, or but’s in the Bible I believe is adding to or taking away from the Word of God…
    “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
    ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭3:16-17‬ ‭
    When I read that verse out of the Word of God I read ALL scripture! That tells me, the God purposes it all…
    throwing in the If ands or but’s only leaves me confused and unsure of what to read, or not read, and what to even Believe.
    And yes I was there, growing up on the basis on John 3:16 being taught that all you need to do is believe in Jesus and you shall be saved…
    Now while I fully believe in the words that Jesus was speaking in John 3:16-17 he actually started speaking in John 3:3 in a conversation with nicodemus about how God was a part of Him…people were struggling in that moment to even understand who Jesus was, not simply just talking about the misunderstood idea of belief that we have today it was much more than that… it was believing in everything that he was about to teach them and show them.

    If we also read in John 1 it tells us that Jesus was also the Word and he had been with God since the beginning

    John 1:4 tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the father full of grace and truth.

    The word, Jesus, and Truth, God, and the Holy Spirit were never meant to be misunderstood! But I do believe that when we take the Word or of God and add, ifs, ands, or but’s to it, it looses it’s full effect, and we become lost in a world of confusion!

    It’s very important to use the Word of God to test the spirits 1 John 4: 1-2 tells us to test the spirits to see whether they are from God but how are we
    To do so without knowing the Truth provided through the Word of God,

    Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
    ‭‭Acts‬ ‭17:11‬ ‭NASB‬‬

    I don’t think we should ever discredit the word of God to not be the center of Christianity…the Word of God is not a pretty picture of God but a Window to see who he truly is and was, and yes I agree that Christ is my savior! But he is not only the center but of a part of that sword of truth! He’s the tip of the truth…before him was the Old Testament, after him the New Testament…without any of those we don’t have a proper sword of The spirit.

    “Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:14-17‬ ‭

    Our society today lacks respect for the word of God and that makes me sad because it is given for our own knowledge and understanding of our father in Heaven! And I understand that you said your not trying to downplay the importance of the Bible but I do believe your are somewhat doing that in a subtle way for those who don’t know any better! While Jesus was here walking on this earth the Truth of him
    Was being written…the we know that Jesus is risen and the word of God is complete and authorized by him before us in the format of the Bible that many allow to sit on a shelf, rather than continue in it! It’s everlasting like Jesus!

    So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free
    ‭‭John‬ ‭8:31-32‬ ‭

    I only write this comment because I was once in the position being a young woman wanting to know the truth, but never feeling like I could understand it because of…
    1. Improper knowledge of the respect we are to have for the word of God. And no direction on studying it! Now that I have learned how to study, I have found it is very real, and very very important to our salvation!

    Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall.
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:21-27‬ ‭

    And 2. Being told that all I needed to do was to believe to be saved! With that statement I was was left feeling like why study when that is all I need!
    Believing in Jesus is very important, if we study the truth we see that the whole truth directs us to him! And through him we are saved but how can we truly know him if never try!

    I appreciate your readiness to see opposing views on your article, I pray that you will continue to seek his truth especially as a leader of many who may feel very lost at this matter! I see where you are coming from on many of these matters but if you want my honest opinion I believe it somewhat contradicts itself..The title of your blog… rethink …
    I think there is much to be rethought in our society today!! I do believe that everything that we need to know for true everlasting life can be found in the Bible. The matters of this world are left to our own expense in knowledge. Thank you for you time, and May God Bless you as you continue to seek his truth!

    Liked by 2 people

    • I appreciate your comments and your insight!

      I very well could be wrong in my view… However after studying scripture I believe this to be the most consistent view and one that scripture lends itself too. Let me reiterate, I believe all scripture is true. But that does not mean it’s all the same, or equal. And really no modern day Christian believes that. That’s why no one follows the law any more. Not that those books of the Bible are to be ignored, they are a valuable piece of God’s story. But they no longer carry the same weight as they once did. Whenever I read a passage I always look into what the author’s original intent was and what was happening during the time in the culture. I’ve found this provides a much richer and deeper understanding .

      All scripture is not equally applicable, the same style/purpose, and is certainly not the center of Christianity. I firmly believe that. The Bible never claims otherwise. I know many run to Paul’s letter to Timothy. But that’s a vastly misunderstood passage. The Bible, as we know it, was even created for hundreds of years later. Jesus is the reason that have our faith today. The Bible tells us about Him and how to live.

      I would add… Just makes it very clear that all we need to do to be saved is believe in him. Forget the silly sinners prayer and all that stuff we’ve made it up. But Jesus says all who believe will be saved. Adding anything too that is very dangerous, that’s what the Pharisees did. We don’t HAVE to do anything else. We SHOULD continue to pursue God, but our salvation isn’t built on that.

      I firmly believe the Bible has been misused and misunderstood for a long time. And a literal reading of scripture has done enormous harm. My goal is not to lead be astray or confuse people. Rather I want people to see the Bible for how it was intended to be seen. I’m convinced this is a proper reading of scripture. And I want others to experience that as well.

      I appreciate your comments and thoughts!

      Liked by 1 person

      • The word of God uses figurative language for literal truths!
        So that we may understand…God is the only one who truly knows us, even more than we know ourselves so not only
        Is his word a better way to understand him but also ourselves, so if we don’t take his word literally, as full TRUTH…
        then we have a difficulty understanding it’s figurative language which was used very often,
        The things that literally happened were recorded for us, as in the gospels, and the book of acts as the establishment of the church,
        Then the letters were letters of encouragement to churches or people, also literal letters written
        But in those literal documents of truth the the prophetic things written or documented teachings of Jesus as in the parables he spoke were at times figurative to an action we were called to take,
        So the question is do you take the Word of God as literal Truth, to figurative and literal forms of speech.

        This even applies to the Old Testament,
        Those things also literally happened, but Gods plan played out perfectly that we
        May apply the old to the new, as a type/antitype of the relationship we are to have with and through Christ! A type is a biblical person place or thing described in the Old Testament, prefiguring a future biblical person place or thing. Like a shadow and and an image!
        “For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near.”
        ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭

        If you just start with Adam and Eve,
        They were told not to take of the tree of knowledge of Good and evil…literally! Or they would literally die!
        They were perfect knowing no evil,
        Then come along the serpent,
        Trying to take that literal truth given by God and flip it with deception using that literal truth,
        Well they didn’t die instantly,
        And he actually made a truthful statement when he told them that they would know good and evil, but he still lied ultimately by telling them they wouldn’t die, no they didn’t instantly die but from that point on we as humans started dying because of sin entering in to the through that fruit of deception.
        God commanded them not to take from it! And because God commands, us to do things or not to do things we must obey, the devil will sneak in with deception,

        Believing for instance, Yes Jesus told us to believe in him to be saved, That is A Truth I fully stand behind, but Believing encompasses everything that Jesus came for and died for and taught.

        If we understand the story of Adam and Eve we can understand that through sin they began to die, but God still gave them opportunity if you read
        Genesis 3:22
        “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”-”
        Was the devil fully lying when he told them they would know good and evil and be like God,
        No he wasn’t but he was deceiving through the statement, of not dying,
        But God always redeems his people.

        But they must take from the tree of life,
        There are countless figurative forms of speech in the New Testament that point us towards this…
        John 15:5 vine and branches
        Fruit of the spirit Galatians 5:22
        the fruit of the light Ephesians 5:9
        These are all figurative statements to a literal Truth!
        The word of God must be taken literally to understand the figurative truth!

        Now back to belief because that is where I believe the devil has snuck into the world with deception…
        What is believing in Christ.

        Is it just believing that he died for our sins.
        That is literal

        But how did he literally take those away?

        Through his perfect life, overcoming the sins of the world through his perfect life in the flesh! And then we sinful humans nailed him to the cross.

        He was crucified.

        Placed in a tomb, and literally rose again 3 days later, every possible circumstance that could possibly be proven that men could have been a part of that was disproved through the miracle that was him being raised from the dead.

        Now we can go to him on the cross, and the Thief asking him what must I do to be saved and Jesus saying believe in me…Jesus had every right to say that in that moment…
        1. He hadn’t yet died, nor had he risen from the dead
        2. He had the authority to say that!
        3. There was no way for the thief on the cross, to figuratively die like Christ and arise and walk in a newness of life…he was dying with Christ! Christ had every right to give his repentant heart eternal life!

        Believing in Christ is believing that he was who he said he was and we must die to our sinful self as he also said

        When we hear his word, and understand it we must understand how we all are sinners, only exclusions, are the children innocent of understanding the true differences of good and evil,
        We then have a choice to believe it is as a full truth or not truth, and that Christ is the only one who truly overcame the sin in this world,
        So because Christ died for our sins, we must too die to our sins, in the burial of baptism (death) and rising to walk in a newness of life.

        That Is not adding to belief whatsoever, but only extending that belief into an action, that goes beyond our personal comfort zones to put our lives into the living God much greater and more powerful than we can really comprehend but his truth Absolutely directs that!

        Collisions 2 explains perfectly baptism and dying to our sins to me as there are many other scriptures, and I’m not trying to claim that, that is all you need to do either, I do believe you can be baptized for the wrong reasons and sin willfully as well in which your salvation also lies on the lines of fire!

        The the question I guess I shall leave you with is, in your proclamation of belief only, can one believe in Jesus as his personal savior and continue on in his life sinning willfully against the word of God and still go to heaven, having no respect for the the word of God but only a proclamation of belief in Jesus?

        Now I understand you don’t have any authority over who goes to heaven or who doesn’t, neither do I, but as one teaching others truth, we do have the responsibility to teach the Truth of the word of God!

        I appreciate your time and reply! Thank you!

        Liked by 1 person

      • I appreciate the follow up comment.

        I agree that under figurative terms there is a truth. Such as Jesus calling us to cut our eyes out over lust. I don’t know anyone that does that literally. However that figurative language communicates the serious of the truth.

        It seems like you read the Bible much more literally than I do. Which is fine, I very well could be wrong on my reading. I don’t view every story as a literal story that happened. Most of them I do, but not all. The authors original intent and when it was writer and under what circumstances dictate how I read it. Like I said, I could be reading some passages wrong. In fact I’m sure I am.

        To answer you question… I’m not God. And Jesus makes it seem that we will be surprise that “those” people are there. So you will make it? I don’t know. What I do know is Jesus never said clean your life up than follow me. Rather he said follow me and we will work on the rest. It was grace and truth. He of course said sin no more, but only after grace was offered.

        My suspicion is that someone that accepts God then goes back to their old lifestyle didn’t really accept Jesus. But I don’t know, I can’t see their heart. Maybe God is working on them, but it’s just taking awhile.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Jeffery … “I want people to see the Bible for how it was intended to be seen.”

        It’s clear you have a connection and a pull towards the Word of God, you are Attaining Spiritual Awareness. Remember you are not alone on the quest to know God. Many walk this path with a variety of life experiences and an accumulation of knowledge that brings individualized clarity.

        I give you a High-five for your bold and confident expose’ … you dare to challenge the status-quo. We are all watching over you as you dare to reach for the truth on your own spiritual quest. Perhaps … “to go where no man has gone before” … Thanks for sharing you will be a great teacher! ~ Peace


  9. Sensible advice. Thanks.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Great summary. Thanks for posting this.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. i won’t say I agree or disagree with your blog. I will say the “but” does concern me. It leaves room for doubt as to the truth even though you do follow by saying it is true. The rest of what you write says to me reconsider the truth. I am one that believes very much in letting the word of God interpret the word of God and keeping interpretation and application within the context it was written. This comes through study or observation of the text, times, author, purpose and most of all the character of God. This will let the reader no the student know whether the meaning is literal or not. And maybe this is what you were trying to say all along. I’m not sure. That is is why I am cautious about the “but”. As I read more of your writing I do believe this will also be revealed. And by the way, Thank you for choosing to follow my blog. I do pray it speaks truth to your heart and encourages you in your walk with the Lord. You certainly, made us think.


    • I can understand why the “but” concerns you. It flies in the face of everything the western church is built on. I choose the “but” because of that reaction you’ve had to it. I think we need to examine our beliefs and see where they stem from. God or culture?

      I totally agree with your comment of searching for the original intent. That is much needed!

      Also I very well could be wrong… I never want to cause anyone to believe what I do. Rather to think and examine their own faith and what God says.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. So refreshing! Thanks. Someone explained it to me this way: some view the Bible as a chain and each “link” is as important as the another and if you take away one link away, like a law in Leviticus, then you put the whole Bible in danger of being irrelevant or untrue. Not so. The better analysis is concentric circles. For example, verses like John 3:16 are at central to revealing Christ, but that law in Leviticus is not so central or important. Not that one is true and one isn’t, but they carry different weight (a point I believe you made as well). Martin Luther also said that the Bible is like the manger that holds Jesus and we need to be careful we don’t worship the manger. All points to Christ. Thanks!


    • I love that Luther quote!

      Leviticus is a great example. To the Jews the law held HUGE importance. Jesus replaced the law of the OT with the law of grace. It still have an application for us today. But not near the same level as for the Jews under the old law.


  13. Great way to unpack it, so to speak. I totally agree. So much of the Bible is taken out of context today and twisted to fit in with other beliefs and morals. We need to be mindful of what the Bible is actually saying.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Yes, interpretation is the thing. For me the gospel is what matters and my relationship with God. 🙂


  15. Those words, written in the bible are not just words which when grouped become poetry, history, prophesy etc, they are “spirit and life…sharper than any two edged sword” and able to reach right down to our souls “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God”” All scripture is inspired by God”

    While I understand your point of view, I know that the word of God was inspired by one author who is able to give us proper understanding of it, regardless of whether we are reading its historical section, prophesies, poetry etc


  16. Everything in the Bible is true. It is our responsibility to read it, meditate on it and have it in our memory so the Holy Spirit can draw it up when when we need it for guidance. I don’t believe God inspired men to record His thoughts just so we could pick and choose what we want to read. It is all God inspired truth.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Great overview!


  18. As a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, this post is demonic in nature and poisonous to those with genuine faith in Christ Jesus. To say you believe in the “but” tells me you have taken the advice of the serpent of “Did God really say?” By slinging God’s Word behind your back shows a lack of true wisdom and a love for the truth. Jesus said in Matthew 7, that those who live according to His Word is like a house built on a rock where no demonic forces can knock it down. The only way that the devil can penetrate a believer is to disarm him/her of depending on Scripture as being all-sufficient. Your blog seems to be a Land Mine for believers.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I can assure you my “house” is not built on demonic forces. And my site is not designed to destroy anyone’s faith. Although plenty of conservative fundamentalist would beg to differ I’m sure. Rather I want to reevaluate faith and read the Bible as it was intended to be read.


      • “Reevaluate” is the problem. What did you think that the serpent told Eve? To reevaluate what God had plainly said. Your reevaluation of Scripture is deviating from sound doctrine. The “itching ears” is what’s desired above sound doctrine. Eventually, if you continue on this path, you will start to drift away from other sound teachings of Scripture like the deity of Christ, resurrection, faith alone, and Jesus is the only way to the father to name a few. That is the danger in straying from Biblical teachings.


      • I’m not straying from what the Bible teaches. I’m straying from cultural doctrine. BIG difference. I hold the Bible in high regard as I talk about in this article.

        I think I’ll take “predictions” of my life/faith from people that actually know me. But I can assure you that the path you think I’m on, I’m not.


      • You’re right, I’m a nobody to listen to, if it were my words but I’m sharing with you God’s Word that seems to mean less than that of your friends’ words. Let’s take a look at one of your quotes.

        -“Everything in the Bible is true, but it’s not the center of Christianity.”-

        Well, Jesus completely disagrees with you in Matthew 4:4-But He answered, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”


      • You didn’t finish the quote… Jesus is the center of Christianity and the Bible tells us about the center and how to live in light of Jesus.

        Your Matthew 4 verse isn’t at all speaking to this topic. God’s word in that passage is not referring to scripture. It didn’t exist for 400 years(outside the law). He is refuting Satan’s words of lies to God’s words of truth. Jesus clearly labels himself as the center. Many times.


      • To you is not referring to Scripture because you don’t think highly of it. That’s what you call reevaluating biblical interpretation. No true born again believer will agree let alone interpret Matthew 4:4 in that erroneous way.

        Matthew 7:24
        24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock.

        You with your teaching are trying to sway people from building their house on the rock which its foundation comes from God’s Word that teaches one how to live for Christ and reveals the right Jesus, not the Jesus of false religions. Apart from His Word you will be deceived something that you are dangerously pushing people to do.

        2 Timothy 4:3
        For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.

        That is your reinterpretation (rethink) at work…pushing people away from sound doctrine to that of what 1 Timothy 4:1 warns about.

        “It didn’t exist for 400 years(outside the law)”

        -Jesus’ Words are the Scriptures-

        John 14:26
        But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.

        What did the authors of the Gospels write? What Jesus taught while on earth with His disciples. That is the Scripture. Everything that Jesus taught is God’s Word…period.

        Your lacking of understanding the Bible with the title Pastor attached to you is a very frightening sight.

        I will be praying that no one takes your twisting of Scripture into their hearts because it will be a devastating blow to their faith


      • I tell you what. You pray against my site and whatever else. And I’ll be praying for you and your relationship with God.


      • Friend, this is nothing personal against your character, you seem like a nice person but it is for defending the Truth of God’s Word. That’s more important than you and me.


  19. Good article Jeff.

    One thing that always bothers me, however, is how we always miss what “literal” means. It would solve a lot of problems if we all would get back to its original meaning. It means; as written, as literated, intended, and this plays directly into your observations. The opposite of literal is counterfeit (not real). Jesus’ parables teach literal truth.

    There were 2 authors to every book; those who penned the words and the Holy Spirit. To this extent, all scripture is to be taken “literally”; that is, as the type of literature that it was. And God used many different styles depending on what He wanted to say. The exact meaning is not always the surface meaning. It is in “Jesus wept” but not in “Our God is a consuming fire”.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: