We often hear about Scripture as black-and-white and clear cut, but is it?
Jesus tells the disciples that he will send them (and us) the Holy Spirit to remind us of Jesus’ teachings of truth and arguably lead us on the right pathways.
But, what is truth?
Scripture might be black and red ink, depending on the Bible, printed on white paper, but that does not make it black-and-white.
We all come to Scripture with an understanding or particularly tinted lens, which colors Scripture in a particular light for better and for worse.
We can “justify” nearly any stance or ideology we desire, even if it is only a verse or two from the whole and often irresponsibly out-of-context.
For example, I had a Social Studies – English joint course in High School with an assignment to argue for or against a controversial topic. It was prepared in conversation with a classmate, who shared the topic but was your opposition. It was intended to build skills in logic, reason, and debate.
My controversial topic was capital punishment. Read the rest of this entry »