By Victor Ochieng
The Bible has just one perfect interpreter, and that’s none other than Jehovah’s Holy Spirit. However, looking at the world today, we realize there are so many conflicting interpretations of the Scriptures; so much so that they are leaving many even more confused.
What can we say about such interpretations? Discrepancies on some fundamental teachings just prove they’re based on human understanding and moralistic ideas. Why are there be so many Christian denominations? At the same time, we also have those who commit evil in the name of the Bible, misquoting some Bible verses to justify their devilish acts.
Where do all of these leave a Christian who’s keen on reading the Bible to get pure direction on the true worship of Jehovah and Our Lord Jesus Christ? How should they respond when confronted with questions about the Bible verses often misconstrued to sanction evil? We already know some who use the Bible to justify bigotry, slavery, and discrimination against women.
We also have some alleged Christians who feel that the Bible is “judgmental, inconsistent, ignorant, and old-fashioned.” Different Christian denominations have differing teachings on racism, transgenderism, s*xuality and days of worship, showing clearly that God isn’t guiding all of them.
Should Christians, therefore, apologize for all the wrong interpretations of the Bible?
Well, there is a YouTube video shared on Looking Inside and the makers of the video are literally apologizing to the human race for all the bad things people do in the name of the Bible. It doesn’t just end with the apology, it also invites everyone to look deeper into the Bible to understand the fundamental tenets on which the holy book is built.
The video fails to address some very important things though, particularly the fact that the Bible’s interpretation cannot be left to men. They fail to point out in clear terms that man in his carnal knowledge cannot comprehend the scriptures.
While it’s not a bad idea to feel sorry for those who’ve fallen victims to rogue “Christians,” every true Christian shouldn’t feel sorry or apologize for the Bible. A true Christian knows the power of the Word; how it has changed lives for the better; how it’s compelled men to even hide their perceived enemies in the face of conflicts and how some have shared an incomparable love with the less fortunate.
Considering this, the video has failed to share the true gospel. It has failed to underscore the two most glorious principles of the Bible: “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”