Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Isogesis or Exegesis? One Leads to “Contradiction” the other to Truth

It’s not hard at all to twist or read what we want into a passage of Scripture. Theologians call this “isogesis”. When you do so, you can come up with many so-called “contradictions” and skewed interpretations of Scripture which results in error or outright apostasy. In contrast, what is required is a solid hermeneutic that permits a proper exegesis (i.e. a critical explanation and interpretation of the Bible) under the guiding and gracious leading of the Holy Spirit who always works in concert with the Word, and always leads the humble seeker to truth (John 6:37, 17:17).

Unlike man’s finite reason, the Scriptures of truth do not have a shelf-life because the infinite author of truth is immutable (1 Peter 1:25).

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