The Bible Was Written FOR Us But Not TO US

Biblical Scholar Dr. Michael Heiser reveals a very important piece of information about how the Bible was written which directly impacts how we interpret it; The Bible was written FOR us but not TO us.

While this simple fact does not undermine the impact of the Bible on our lives, it does alter the lens that we read, interpret and ultimately apply through. 

Take the explanation of wealth as an example.

The Bible speaks of cattle, livestock and food storage as a measure of wealth. Today, less than 10% of the population are in the agriculture business. Most of us measure our material wealth much differently than how many cattle we have. The metaphors the Biblical writers use are congruent to the time they are living in, not the time we are living in.

Same goes with all of the letters that make up the Bible. They are the inspired Word of God, yes. But as Dr. Heiser describes, it is unlikely that the Prophet was zapped by the Holy Spirit losing all control of his limbs, hands and mind and wakes up 3 hours later and says “WOW! I can’t wait to read what I just wrote!” If we “strip the humanity out of this doctrine we call inspiration, we undermine it.” 

This viewpoint directly impacts how we interpret the Biblical accounts in relation to creation and evolution. If we take the Bible out of context, we are led down a path of confusion at best. But if we can understand what God was really trying to say through his human writers, we can likely achieve further illumination to truly getting to the bottom of the swamp.

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2 Responses

  1. Russell Snow says:

    This is true for some parts but not Genesis 1 and 2. Writers writing about what what they saw would be constrained by the cultural context. Moses was not writing as an eyewitness but was acting as a prophet of the past, so he would be transcribing what the actual eyewitness, God, said. So it doesn’t apply where you most want it to.

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