Have you ever been listening to a speaker when they quoted some source that just didn’t seem to apply to the topic on which they were speaking? This happens to me occasionally while listening to sermons. Sometimes, the preacher just gives the wrong reference, but at other times it’s obviously that it’s the correct reference but I can’t see how it fits his point.
What about when you’re reading Christian literature? Some authors cherry pick from various translations and paraphrases until they find a version that seems to support their point. Rather than read the passage and pray about how they can apply it, they search for verses that seem to support their preconceived notion.
Then there’s the case when the verses quoted are taken out of context. Put into the proper context the verse takes on an entirely different meaning. With so much confusion surrounding what people claim the Bible says about money, for example, how can we be sure that we’re getting the right message?
I tackle this question in my guest post at Christian Business Crossroads. Continue reading What Does the Bible Say About My Business there.