While the term hermeneutics sounds intimidating to some, its basic meaning is relatively quite simple. Moisés Silva, bible translator and scholar, defines hermeneutics as, “the discipline that deals with principles of interpretation” (Silva, 2007, 17). A student employing biblical hermeneutics, studies not only a particular verse or chapter, but the surrounding verses and chapters, compares text to the rest of the Bible, determines the type of literature, the cultural background, historical context, performs word studies, and studies the author of the text, if the author is known. All of this information combined can lead the student to the correct meaning of the Scripture, which would be what God intended for the original audience to understand. Obviously, since there are vast differences such as, culture, covenants, time, etc., between today that of the Ancient Near East, sometimes the meanings of the text cannot be directly applied to today’s audience. However, “our goal is to grasp the meaning of the text God has intended. We do ...
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...he weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” (NIV) As Dr. Rae stated in his message, embryos who are unwanted are orphans. We as believers should see them as orphans waiting to be born and loved by a mother and father. Indeed, life begins at conception not at the end of the birth canal. “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb….Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Psalm 139:13,16)
Biblical hermeneutics is important for all believers because knowing God’s Word and His perspective helps us make the right decisions in life, and aids us in helping others make them as well. God has given us His truth to stand upon, let us desire and devote ourselves to correctly handle the Word of truth.
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