How Should I Interpret the Bible? The Traditional View of God (The Covenant & the Cross #4)

We always like to start out with the Word of God, and today’s Bible verse is Psalm 119:18 which reads: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.”

Today’s quote about the Bible is from Miles Coverdale. He said: “It will greatly help you to understand scripture if you note – not only what is spoken and written, but of whom and to whom, with what words, at what time, where, to what intent, with what circumstances, considering what goes before and what follows.”

Today, we are going to continue our overview of some topics that will help us as we study the Bible throughout future episodes.

Our topic for today is titled: “How Should I Interpret the Bible? The Traditional View of God” from the book, “The Promise and the Blessing” by Michael A. Harbin.

In contrast to the modern school, the traditional approach takes the view that God, by His nature, may intervene in space-time history on occasion, and in fact is recorded as having done so. Further, the traditional view maintains that a number of subordinate or lesser spiritual beings have also appeared or intervened in space-time history. Some of these lesser beings are fallen angels who oppose God (thus the issue of evil), a concept the liberal school in general does not seem to understand or at least does not accept.

Likewise, the traditional view argues that supernormal events or miracles are to be viewed critically (by definition, they are not normal). As a number of writers have pointed out, the question of whether miracles can occur or not is a philosophical one. Because of their very nature, science cannot prove that miracles do not exist — or that they do. The basis of science is replication, while miracles are by definition nonreplicative and thus fall under the category of historical-legal proof. Science demonstrates what normality is. That is, it tells us what should occur, not what historically has occurred. In other words, just as the scientific method cannot prove whether the infamous O.J. Simpson was innocent or guilty, it also cannot prove whether a miracle occurred.

On our next broadcast, we will look at “Why We Study the Bible According to the Traditional View.”


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