Originally posted by abelievingskeptic
There is so much of the Bible that just doesn't make since.
I can explain to you why you find it difficult to make since, understand, or find meaning in the bible, it is because you use logic as your primary
method for dividing the scriptures, or as your method for the interpretation of scripture.
Logic and reason are a senses effort at interpretation, an attempt to rationalize spiritual things.
The bible clearly says that the natural mind, the mind that lives by its senses alone, the man of the flesh as he is often called, can not understand
the things of the spirit because they require spiritual discernment.
Spiritual truths can not be analyzed they can only be ascertained.
The operations of word of knowledge, word of wisdom, and discerning of spirts, are required for all interpretations of spiritual incantations or
incarnations, whether they be by hand, mouth or mind, because if it is truly of spiritual origins, then spiritual means must be employed to realize
any applicable interpretations.
The bible is not the only book written by the hand of man but authored but the sprit, these sorts of holy texts are numerous.
They are all produced by the receiving of revelation from a spiritual source, then those involved, like the Apostle Paul with the book of Romans in
the new testament, or Mohamed with the Koran, they use their language their understanding to produce the works, but the Spirit or a spirit is the
source or author from which they receive the ideas and guidance.
I think perhaps you aren't actually trying to make since or find understanding with the bible that is not your real motive in talking about it.
If you are genuinely attempting to understand, then I would say your mistake is one of direction and method, you seek knowledge that you can use, you
are not being honest with yourself, your motives for wanting to understand the bible are selfish.
One must seek God in truth, not in an effort to gain useful knowledge for personal reasons.
First you must believe that God exists, that He will reward your efforts to know Him with wisdom and understanding not the other way around.
This is not logical because it has nothing to do with the mind, it is an issue of the heart.
Let me give you a logical argument for what I am saying.
If I give you my phone number and say, "call me if you need something," when you need something what would you do, open your window and shout my
God defines very clearly and in detail the way in which any individual, who has lived, will live, or is living, contacts Him for knowledge, wisdom,
To attempt to use the fleshly method of logic and reason, as your technique for interpretation of spiritual things like the word of God, when you have
been told a spiritual means is required, is the same as opening the window and shouting my name after I have given you my phone number and told you if
you want to contact me then call me on the phone.
[edit on 25-2-2008 by newday]