Today’s question: “Should we come to the text with completely open minds, or should we hold some ideas and convictions with certainty? This may be a poor example to help illustrate my question, but in Ephesians 2, Paul speaks about Christ abolishing the law. Christ himself says he came to fulfill the law and the prophets. Is it cowardly, faulty, and/or problematic in some way to be committed to analyzing and studying from the perspective that Paul cannot be contradicting Christ who cannot be contradicting the Old Testament writings? Or should we be willing to explore openly and to accept whatever conclusions our analysis leads to, which in this scenario could be something like Paul is actually saying something Christ would not.”
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Person who asked the question here! Thank you, Alastair, for your thoughts. You gave me much to chew on, especially regarding the idea of extending trust and being patient with Scripture. I started leading a ladies’ small group at church this year and have elected not to study any old book we could pick up off the Christian bookstore shelves but to actually dig into the Scriptures themselves; you can imagine questions about the Bible and how best to study it loom large on my mind!
I hope it goes well!