Q: Does the Bible really mean whatever we want it to mean?
Many people attending church are tought that we can interpret scriptures however we like. I was sitting in a crowded church when the preacher told everyone, “The Bible can mean one thing to me, another thing to you and another thing to someone else. We’re all right in our own way. No one is wrong!” The people went wild and cheered. It was an ultra “conservative” church. Recently, a church person told me that a certain scripture meant something. I told him that’s not what it referred to. He got mad and insisted, “It can mean what ever I want and I can’t be wrong!” Is that really true?
A: Jesus has the answer… Mark 12:24 Jesus said to them, “Aren’t you deceived for this reason, because you don’t know the scriptures or the power of God?”
When we believe that the Bible can mean what ever we want it to mean we are deceived, we don’t know the scriptures and we don’t know the POWER OF GOD.
Mark 12:26-27 Now as for the dead being raised, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead but of the living. You are badly mistaken!
Jesus interpreted the Bible correctly and used scriptures to show the people how their interpretations were BADLY mistaken.
Matthew 24:4 Jesus answered them, “Watch out that no one misleads you.”
David Koresh had his own Biblical interpretation in Waco, Texas. Jim Jones of the Jones Town massacre had his own interpretation. The grand inquisitors of the Spanish Inquisition had their own interpretations.