In this issue of Solid Ground, I show you how to focus on the flow of a Biblical text to understand the meaning. I use passages routinely misunderstood to demonstrate the power of following the train of thought of an author through the passage to unlock its intended meaning. It’s the second installment of “Misquoting God: Verses Commonly Misunderstood, Mischaracterized, or Maligned." God promised that His Word would not return void (Is. 55:11), but that only applies when His word is used as He intended it to be used. Learn from this month’s Solid Ground how to follow the flow, and you’ll ensure that your efforts in God’s Word will not return void to you.
Picking up where Bible expert Bart Ehrman’s New York Times bestseller Misquoting Jesus left off, Jesus, Interrupted addresses the larger issue of what the New Testament actually teaches—and it’s not what most people think. These are not idiosyncratic perspectives of just one modern scholar. As Ehrman skillfully demonstrates, they have been the standard and widespread views of critical scholars across a full spectrum of denominations and traditions. Why is it most people have never…
So contends Bart D. Ehrman in his bestselling Misquoting Jesus. If altogether true, we have little reason to put our confidence in Scripture. Add to this Ehrman's contention that what we read in the New Testament represents the winners' version of events, twisted to suit their own purposes and not at all a faithful recounting of what really happened, and the case for skepticism and unbelief gives every appearance of being on solid footing.