Philosophy of Bible Teaching

We take the historical-grammatical interpretation. “When the plain sense of Scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studies in the light of related passages and axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise. God in revealing His Word neither intends nor permits the reader to be confused. He wants His children to understand.” Dr. D. A. Waite, in Ephesians.

We have examined the evidence and conclude that the facts teach that the Bible should be treated like any other literature in its proper historical and grammatical context. When it claims to be the Word of God it cannot be interpreted to mean something else and must be accepted or rejected. There are literally thousands of available Bible curricula. The question is, how thoroughly do you want to treat the subject? Also, different curricula emphasize different aspects of Bible study. Some focus on devotional aspects. These tend to include a great deal of commentary and less real study of the Scriptures themselves. Many focus on application, trying to make the Scriptures “relevant” to modern life or “age-appropriate.” These also neglect areas of historical, doctrinal or the strict interpretation of a passage. We teach a unity of Science, History, Literature and the Scriptures. Divorcing the Bible from other subjects allows secularists to put it in a separate category from the “Academic” studies.

The Bible is Scientifically and Historically accurate. It also uses literary devices. Other ancient literature contains similar poetic devices and figures of speech which can aid in understanding the Scriptures. The Bible can be studied doctrinally, chronologically, historically, biographically, by doing word studies, or topically. Many good books on all these approaches are available. If your emphasis is on doctrinal study, Evans Great Doctrines is an excellent resource. We follow Baptist belief that the church is not a continuation of Israel. While the true church is made up only of believers, the visible church may have unbelievers in it because it is not possible for us to know men’s hearts with certainty. While it would be difficult for a student to memorize the entire Bible, Elementary instruction should begin with a strong emphasis on Scripture memorization, with a focus on teaching doctrine. Some good Bible memory programs include Bible Memory Association (BMA only works through a church), Awana and Navigators.

16 thoughts on “Philosophy of Bible Teaching

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  2. Proverbs(2:1-22) says a lot about wisdom and understanding and this implies
    Well the true revelation of the word of
    Studying the word will enable you to impact the holy spirit in other for you to immerg

  3. An excellent article.
    I agree, the Torah/Bible is both Scientifically and Historically accurate.
    Scholars have used it to find the city of Jerico, the cities of Sodom and Gamora.

    The Hebrew word used in the first chapter of Genesis is Yom.
    “Yom” does not necessarily mean day. In fact, when used in the divine context, Yom ususally means age.

    You may find this article on the age of the universe interesting.

    1. Nexus, we don’t believe the day/age theory is supported by geology. At most the Earth is about 10,000 years old, probably nearer 6000. Check out our other excerpts from our book on the blog, especially Chapter Fourteen: What Does the Scientific Evidence Prove?

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