Should You Get Something Different Every Time You Read The Bible?

This week we are responding to a question from a reader on interpreting Scripture. He asks: “I always hear people say every time they read the Bible they get something different. Is it possible to read the same passage multiple times and get something different from it every time? Or do most verses have a specific meaning and we take out whatever meaning we want at the moment we read it?” Continue Reading...

Which Bible is Right?

I teach a class on New Testament Greek, and often have this conversation in class. Most, it seems, assume the English version of the Bible they have in their hands is the correct and inerrant (without error) word of God. The simple fact that we have multiple English translations and even multiple editions and revisions of the same translation makes this illogical. For example, the NIV (New International Version) was first printed 1978. The editors made a few changes five years later, and then made more changes in 2011. If someone were to pick up a 1984 copy of the NIV and claim, “This is God’s perfect word!” and someone else were to pick up a copy of the 2011 NIV and make the same claim, one of them would, logically, be wrong. Continue Reading...