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Other Teachings About the Bible

Over the years scholars have added their interpretation to Bible in a way to take away from the meaning. Here are some examples.

Synoptic Gospels

The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke are sometimes called the "Synoptic Gospels" meaning with one view. The Gospel of John is not a part of this. Some instructors use the term "Synoptic Problem" not able to understand why John has a different format than the other three. This theory ignores the greater meaning, theme or intent of all four gospels; that God became a man (Isaiah 9:6), lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins and rose from the grave the third day to become the first of the resurrection. The "Synoptic" theory is really an attack on the word of God by incorrectly attacking the details and ignoring what is most important. In reality, there are not synoptic gospels. They are just gospels. What happens from time to time is that the scholars label something. The label or analogy is not perfect. When trying understand teachings or theology they draw truths from the label and not the Bible. If the label is not perfect the teachings derived from it will not be correct, either.

Psalms Are Not Poetry

An attempt to classify scripture has prevailed pushing Biblical books into categories such as the law, old testament history, poetry, prophecy, the gospels, new testament history, epistles and Revelation. A simpler and more accurate classification would be the past, the present and the future. God tells us what happened in the past, how we should be living today in the present and what will happen in the future. While some of the books may fall into the groups that are commonly taught, the classification of Psalms being poetry is not accurate. Poetry is often fictional or abstract. Psalms in no way are fictional or abstract. Poetry in times is writing for the sake of writing with an emphasis on style or artistic expression. The purpose of Psalms is the praise and glory of God. It also contains prophecy. Poetry does not place an emphasis on proclaiming God or speaking of his son. Psalms may contain alliterations or special forms of writing but the emphasis is not on clever wording. Poetry is primarily intended for fun or entertainment. That is not why God gave us the Psalms today. Poetry is optional. God's holy word is not optional. It is acceptable to not like poetry and ignore it. Those who love God, however, will love his word which contains Psalms. Classifying the Psalms as poetry does not honor God.

What Paul Says Here

Bible teachers will tell you, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16). A lot of times they will say, "Now what Paul says here is..." Why don't they say, "What the Bible says here is..."? For other books they will never say, "Now what Moses says here is..." or "Now what Isaiah says here is ...". Now it is not the case all the time, but in some cases there is a desire to de-emphasize the inspired nature of the Bible verse or passage and make it look like it is just Paul's opinion. Paul gave his opinion once with respect to marriage and the Bible identifies it in 1 Corinthians 7:25 as his "judgment". From there people want to think of Paul as a bigot. He said women should not be preachers. See Are Women Preachers Acceptable?. Next they think he was wrong about long hair versus short hair. See Can the Length of Your Hair be Wrong?. Paul was not a bigot. People attack Paul because they cannot face God. Unless noted otherwise, understand that it is not Paul, it is God who is speaking to us through his word, the Bible.

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