Hermeneutics 201: Case Studies


Studying hermeneutics is important to help us to have the best understanding of the Word of God as possible. We need this not just for our own understanding of God and for our own lives but for our witness as well. The Bible commands us to always be ready to give an answer and to demolish every argument that sets itself against God. (1 Peter 3:15, 2 Corinthians 10:5)

The fact is there are many people who are looking for real answers to life’s biggest questions. Answers which are to be found in God’s Word. However, there are many legitimate questions about the Bible that seekers may have, and as Christians we should have at least interacted with some of these questions ourselves so that we can offer some guidance to those in the world seeking answers.

As Christians we believe the Bible to be infallible and inerrant. We believe the Bible communicates a clear and consistent message from beginning to end. However, the Bible was written a long time ago by people whose understanding of the world was much different than ours. Moreover, the Bible interacts with a fallen, messed-up world and shows the interaction between people and God in reality - and as you know, real life is often messy and complicated.

What follows are 3 hermeneutical case studies. These are all legitimate questions that people have and skeptics use. Be forewarned, the issues they deal with are sometimes raw and unflinching. But, if we refuse to take a look at them as believers, then how are we to give an answer for our hope?
As you ponder them, keep a few things in mind.
  1. Thinking seekers are looking for answers for these and other questions like these.
  2. If we believe the Bible is the word of God then we must hold that it is consistent and logically cohesive.
  3. There are good answers for these questions, but as Christians if we don’t engage with them how are we to have answer for those who are seeking?

Studying hermeneutics is important to help us to have the best understanding of the Word of God as possible. We need this not just for our own understanding of God and for our own lives but for our witness as well. The Bible commands us to always be ready to give an answer and to demolish every argument that sets itself against God. (1 Peter 3:15, 2 Corinthians 10:5)

The fact is there are many people who are looking for real answers to life’s biggest questions. Answers which are to be found in God’s Word. However, there are many legitimate questions about the Bible that seekers may have, and as Christians we should have at least interacted with some of these questions ourselves so that we can offer some guidance to those in the world seeking answers.

As Christians we believe the Bible to be infallible and inerrant. We believe the Bible communicates a clear and consistent message from beginning to end. However, the Bible was written a long time ago by people whose understanding of the world was much different than ours. Moreover, the Bible interacts with a fallen, messed-up world and shows the interaction between people and God in reality - and as you know, real life is often messy and complicated.

What follows are 3 hermeneutical case studies. These are all legitimate questions that people have and skeptics use. Be forewarned, the issues they deal with are sometimes raw and unflinching. But, if we refuse to take a look at them as believers, then how are we to give an answer for our hope?
As you ponder them, keep a few things in mind.
  1. Thinking seekers are looking for answers for these and other questions like these.
  2. If we believe the Bible is the word of God then we must hold that it is consistent and logically cohesive.
  3. There are good answers for these questions, but as Christians if we don’t engage with them how are we to have answer for those who are seeking?
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