It Does Not Matter What the Bible Means to You

Wise words from Michael Patton:

Today, I believe that we (evangelicals included) are dangerously close to Gnosticism with regards to our Bible study.  We have lost the spirit of Reformation hermeneutics, especially in the pews.  We sit around in Bible study circles and ask “What does it mean to you Billy?… And what does it mean to you Sal?…What does it mean to you Kevin?”  We affirm each person’s response even if it means something different to each person.  Can the text have different meanings?  Only if you are practicing a Gnostic hermeneutic where the Bible becomes a magic book with a secret spiritual meaning that trancends the literal.”

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