The Elusive Truth in God’s Word
*(The dictionary has several definitions applicable to the word “convergence.” For my purposes in this essay, it simply means the joining together of factors on reaching a point of view.)*
I am very interested in Bible teachings. My interest is very intense. As elusive as truth can be when watching television news, pondering points of view on the Internet, or listening to an opinion expressed by a preacher, delving into the Bible can be even more challenging.
To be fair, I acknowledge that most of the people seem to be satisfied in simply quoting a few verses of scripture found in their favorite version or translation. This is better than never quoting scripture. However, many times these same verses are taken totally out of context. When that is the case, their truth is lost to the person doing the quoting and lost to the recipient of the quote.
What does this have to do with “convergence”? If you have something not true joining with something that is true, you render it of none effect. That is, nothing of lasting value is accomplished. For instance if you use the Bible to interpret world events, it will not produce a valid Christian view of any of the happenings.
I leave you with this: use due diligence when you turn to the Bible to examine or critique anything happening in the geo-political scene. Use the same special care when applying any verse of scripture to any situation.
It is simple enough to find the truth if you are willing to look. Your computer can be a good source to determine the actual meaning of words. If you are using the Old Testament, the computer can tell you about Hebrew, Aramaic, and other ancient languages. If you are using the New Testament, The same is true plus you will also have renderings of classical Greek, peasant Greek, and other derivations.
Energy expelled in Bible study may be the best exercise for these days.
*_By Dr. Paul Collins, Th.D._*