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Letter: How to interpret Scripture

Randall Wehler’s letter on June 21 was confusing until I did a little research and discovered that he was referring to Episcopalian Bishop John Shelby Spong, who promotes the teaching of homosexual marriage and ordaining practicing homosexual pastors. (Of course, the Episcopal Church has split over this issue.) This information helped me to realize why he was attempting to denigrate the Scriptures, or one might say “damning with faint praise.”

He referred to a letter written by Mark and Barb Norb which listed the many passages in the Bible that identify homosexuality as sin, as reminding him about Biblical shortcomings put forth by Bishop Spong. Obviously Bishop Spong is on a misie,sion to relegate the Bible to the back burner in order to justify his own choices.

The New Testament gives principles on correct interpretation of Holy Scripture so that everyone comes to the single conclusion in matters of Christian doctrine: 2 Peter 1:20-21 clearly states, “no prophecy of Scripture is for anyone’s personal interpretation because no prophecy of Scripture came by man’s own human will but by direct revelation from God.” The word “prophecy” has a dual use and can be used in the context of revealing future events or mean “revealed truth” as it does in 2 Peter.

It’s interesting to see the way some are always attempting to instruct believers on the interpretation of Scripture. And of course they always come from the viewpoint of moral relativism which dictates “what is true about the Bible for you may not be true for me.” This is the opposite of the moral absolutes that are taught in the Bible.

Some people need to understand that when you claim Christianity as your faith you need to change your lifestyle to reflect Christianity, not to change Christianity to fit your lifestyle.

Gary Swenson