Believing Jesus' Words
Updated: Jul 9
The Art of Hermaneutics; Complicating the Simplicity of Jesus' Words
How the design of Hermaneutics jeopardizes one's belief in Jesus' words
When we speak of believing someone's words, we are acknowledging that we accept what they are saying as true or real. We place confidence in what they are speaking to us; crediting it as factual or true. To believe someone generally consists of trusting the character of the individual, the traits that coincide with trustworthiness and their perception of the individual as a credible source of knowledge. Generally people are more influenced to credit someone as trustworthy on the basis of popularity, confidence, appearance, or persuasive speech. However, these are not valid qualifiers for the veracity of what is being spoken. We are all aware of the startling fact, that the majority can be absolutely wrong! When genuine belief is placed in the words of another, something takes root within the heart of the believer, in such a way that they will stake everything on what has now solidified as concrete within their hearts. What becomes of the man who has solidified a lie, especially falsehood concerning the teachings of Jesus?
Matthew 18:3, KJV
"And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven"
The message that Jesus presented was designed and purposed to save all of mankind! How then has it become so complicated that it requires the designation of "Religious Experts" to interpret a message simple enough for a child to understand?
Jesus' Simple But Difficult Teachings
There are those who are able to read the words of Jesus and understand them clearly and then there are those who have great difficulty understanding Jesus' words to the extent of constructing an entire educational system to "interpret" his teachings! To Interpret is to clarify or explain the meaning of; elucideate; make clear or plain; to make understandable (Collins English Dictionary 12th ed. 2014). Human interpretation is subjective to the unique experiences and emotions relative to the individual. This reality automatically compromises the author's intended message. In this case, Jesus is the author/originator of the Christian faith and his message was very simple and clear.
Hermeneutics is generally an activity that interests Bible scholars. It is the theory and methodology of interpretation, especially of the Biblical text. Hermeneutics is often used as an interpretative principle when immediate comprehension fails.
Now carefully consider this, an interpretation is someone's unique explanation of a particular text, and not necessarily the intended meaning of the author. The psychological and physiological framework of each are distinctly different and thereby the interpretation will be reflective of their own unique frame of references subjective to their life's experiences (i.e. age groups, educational levels, emotional and physiological states, and the state of spiritual awareness). This aspect is a crucial element when determining the meaning behind someone's words. Those professing to be true disciples of Christ must demonstrate the Biblical evidence of his spirit which is a manifestation of the very mind of Christ!
Interpretation consists of explaining the meaning of Jesus' message from your point of view; giving clarity and understanding to the natural ear. According to the New Testament scriptures, it is the spirit of Jesus that gives understanding and explains the true meaning of his own message; through and by his spirit. It is not accomplished through eloquent speech and Seminary, nor is it gained in"Bible study" group or Sunday service. You must possess the actual spirit of Jesus!
How shall one who is void of Jesus' spirit explain and give understanding of Jesus' message? It is written clearly that such a person not only lacks understanding of his message, but also that they do not know him!
1 Corinthians 2:14, KJV
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned"
Notice, the New Testament scriptures specifically highlight that the man who does not have the spriit of Christ cannot know the true message of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:10-12, KJV). They do not have the mind of Christ and thereby they are carnally minded; they have not experienced the true rebirth.
Romans 8:7, KJV