Tuesday, February 05, 2013

How to read the Bible

[For Wesley] The Bible sets the boundaries for what is and what is not acceptable in a relationship with God, since the whole content faithfully portrays God’s nature, character and purpose. Biblical truth was not to be found by isolating selected proof texts; it had to be read holistically (the analogy of faith) in the light of its intentions to initiate and develop a relationship of love. The central message of the Scripture was to be read in terms of love, trust and relationship, not propositions, assent and doctrinal systems.—Wesley as a Pastoral Theologian, page 214

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Amen! Too many read the Bible looking for proof texts instead of transformation via the Holy Spirit.
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