Mei Ying T. from the United States received a letter from her pastor on how to interpret the Bible, where he states that how we interpret Genesis is a secondary issue. Mei Ying asked us for a response to her pastor’s letter, to which Dr Carl Wieland responds:

Dear creationontheweb

Thank you for the work you have done—it has strengthened my faith, and that of many seeking friends I’ve chatted with.

As I’m pursuing further studies, I attend a new church during school time. I respect the pastor and appreciate his teaching. However, he does not believe in the creationist perspective, nor does his wife, a committed Christian, who has a PHD in biology.

Recently, he sent me this explanation on how to interpret the bible (I’d shared with some of his bible study group members about the reality of Noah’s flood)—I’ve pasted it below and wonder what you think (no, I’m not going to confront my pastor. I just want to know for myself and the people who ask me.)

Thanks a lot!!

Mei Ying

Bible: What is it and how do we interpret it

Most Christians agree on what the Bible is. Christians will sometimes disagree on how to interpret various parts of it.

1) What is the Bible?

It is God’s words through people whose purpose is to tell us the story of what is wrong with the world, what God has done to fix the world and what we need to do to be part of what God has done.

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3)

  • Because it is God’s words (1) we can trust it, (2) we should believe it, and (3) it is its own best interpreter.
  • Because it is the words of people, we will best begin to understand what God means by any given passage by first understanding what the human author meant by it….

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