Hermeneutics: How to Break the Law

As faithful followers of our Messiah Jesus/Y’shua, the single most important commitment we can make is to honesty and Truth: Jesus said, “I AM the Way, the TRUTH and the Life.” This article by Pete Rambo talks about the kind of dishonesty that we use to convince ourselves that what we want to do is the ‘right’ thing to do, even when scripture flatly tells us otherwise….

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I was pondering a little Christian theological conundrum this morning.

Oxygen Volume 11Every seminary student is taught sometime early in his Masters program how to interpret Scripture according to the rules of hermeneutics.

[As an aside, my son is over my shoulder asking about the origin of the word ‘hermeneutics.’  Well, I explain it comes from the Greek ‘messenger god’ Hermes to which he reminds me that Hermes was also the god of deception, thieves, the conductor of souls to the underworld, trickster, etc…  Hmmmm.  Seminarians ought to get a clue here, but, I digress.]

Continuing, hermeneutic rules have to do with how to interpret the text.  While the list of rules can vary depending on the teacher/text and denominational/religious division, almost always, on every list, near the top is a rule that says obscure or unclear passages must be interpreted by or through the lens of clear passages.  Further, all…

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