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Monday, June 17, 2013

Politely Skeptical

Bible, Eisegesis, exegesis,
In seminary they taught us the difference between eisegesis and exegesis.

Eisegesis =  starting with a belief and searching for Scriptures to support it. This typically involves taking verses out of context and twisting their meaning. 

Exegesis = the opposite of eisegesis. It means studying Scripture carefully to form our beliefs. 

A number of dangerous philosophies are based on eisegesis and many Christians unwittingly accept them because they usually appeal to our fallen human nature. 

We should question any philosophy that is as popular in the world as in the church. Being politely skeptical like the Bereans in Acts 17:11  prevents us from being taken captive:

"See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." Colossians 2:8 

Have you accepted teachings without testing them with Scripture? I give an example of eisegesis used to support the self-esteem philosophy HERE.

Bible Study:
Often eisegesis is used because a philosophy starts in the secular world and infiltrates the Church. How do these verses warn us of such things? What ways can we guard against being taken captive by these false philosophies? Ask God to help you identify any false philosophies you've accepted.

1 Corinthians 1:18-20: 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 

1 Corinthians 3:18-20:  18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

1 Corinthians 15:33: "Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" 

2 Thessalonians 2:15: So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

After doing this study, check out my insights HERE.

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