Postmodern Certainty Part 2

Interpretation of the Bible requires humility and, as we discussed before, examining what Christians have believed throughout the centuries is a good way to check your own interpretation. Another consideration is the zeitgeist in which you live.

It seems that most people today know what their parents, or previous generations, did wrong but there seems to be little self reflection on what is wrong with our own generation. Society influences our decisions and also influences our biblical interpretations. Don't be surprised if your interpretation is strongly correlated to society's views on the same issues, but then maybe it is not previous generations that got it wrong?

Women's issues and homosexuality are predominant in the news and conversations in North America. These same issues are being discussed in the church and churches are dividing over them. Many "churches" based on the cultural ignorance of the times decide that we need to keep in step with current society so that we can reach those outside the Church. All of this is well meaning, but has someone actually figured out how to change a life? Only God knows what it takes and we should be careful not to be presumptuous. The societies in the Bible might not be the only people who suffer from cultural ignorance/influence.

These things should not surprise us since the time is here "when people will not endure sound teaching, but have itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths (2 Tim 4:3-4)."


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