Have you ever wondered why Evangelical Christians who believe the Bible to be inerrant and authoritative do not require women to veil themselves in the Church? Is that not the clear meaning of 1 Corinthians 11, often interpreted as referring to the veiling of woman (e.g., ESV “if a wife will not cover her head, … Continue reading Is a Covering Long Hair or Veil? Interpreting 1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Is a child’s math work as “sacred” as his prayer-life, as one Christian article argues?1 The reasoning behind a positive answer is the concept of a creation or cultural mandate given by God to Adam and Eve, thought to be applicable to Christians today. This mandate appears in discussions ranging from care of the Earth … Continue reading Is There a Cultural Mandate for Christians?
Context and Meaning Context is essential to understanding all communication, yet why is this the case? In this article, I contend that context both limits and reveals textual meaning so that texts can be used. Texts of every sort are “multivalent”; they have a wealth of meaning potential. A text is meant to say something … Continue reading An Investigation into the Role of Context in Interpretation
4. God’s Wrath Humbles Us before Him 25“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for … Continue reading Rejoicing in the Wrath of God Part 3
3. God’s Wrath Guarantees that All Wrongs Will be Righted 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for … Continue reading Rejoicing in the Wrath of God Part 2