Friday, November 30, 2007

Satan Offered the First Bible Commentary

Satan quotes God directly when talking to men. In the Bible, you hear him speaking as if he knows God's mind and intent. This springs from his contempt for the truth coupled with a limitless supply of pride and arrogance. You can always count on Satan to come running to help you understand what Scripture says. He is an expert. His beliefs are very Biblical--just ask him! That fact alone should make you question all statements and commentaries instinctively. You should always strive to see if God's Word is being taken out of context whenever someone starts thumping their Bible and quoting verses.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God actually say, 'You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?............You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." [Genesis 3:1-5]

Then the devil took him [Jesus] to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, "If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, 'He will command his angels concerning you,' and 'On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.'" [Matthew 4:5-6]

Quoting the Bible does not mean that you are quoting it accurately or that what you believe is supported by what the Bible teaches. Believing that the Bible says something doesn't make it automatically true. Finding an isolated verse that seems to point your direction does not make you right and those who disagree with you wrong. Finding an interpretation that "makes sense" does not mean that you interpreted it properly.

The Bible is infallible. We are not.

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