Monday, March 16, 2015

Disclaimer Against, Well, Me

It's not every day someone puts out a disclaimer against themselves but today is one of those days.  When I first started the study on the book of James, I was meticulous in my research.  I would take a portion of scripture and dissect it word by word.  Not anymore (although that doesn't mean I won't occasionally define a word in the Hebrew or Greek to bring greater understanding).  I've discovered something important along the way.  When you take a scripture out of its context it's easy to miss the whole meaning of what the author is trying to say.  I've done my best to stay contextually accurate but I now think it's best to look at the scriptures in context to the other verses around it.

I don't plan on going back and redoing what I've done.  I'm okay with what I've written but do feel it's been a learning curve where I have actually learned a few things along the way.  And one of the biggies is to look at a scripture within the context to those scriptures around it (and another is to understand the culture in which it was written...but that discussion is for another time).  Thanks goodness learning curves aren't graded.  'Nuf said. 

(P.S.  I'm still working on James 3:1-12 but it will still be at least a couple weeks before being completed.)

1 comment:

  1. sounds like you know what you are doing.