Is There a Snopes for Bible Blogs?

5 Nov

Acts 17:11, “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

The above verse describes the Bereans,  in the book of Acts.  They were a city of Bible scholars.

I usually start my posts with a verse of Scripture.  I love to do that, having learned it when I started writing for our church blog last year.

Thing is, it is only one verse.  And, depending on the direction we head, we can use one verse to say many things.  Even, if we are not careful, to say something it was never intended to say, when written in context.

This is just a reality check for readers of this blog and of any blogs that purport to teach the Scriptures.  Could you tell if the writer was in error?  Could I?

You see, I have taken seven and a half years of seminary, one course per semester.  I have taught Sunday school for over ten years; Bible study for over 15.

But I can still be mistaken in questions about the Scriptures.  We all can.

Just wanted to make sure everyone knows we are still responsible to God to study His Word and to be able to pick out error when it comes our way.

None of us is perfect.  We will make mistakes writing and teaching, and reading or listening to the work of others.

Only God is perfect . . . and His Word in the original form.

But it is very important for each of us to study, so that we can see when well-meaning people make an error.

Or when not-so-well-meaning people enter our lives.

Just sayin’.  Love you guys!

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2 Responses to “Is There a Snopes for Bible Blogs?”

  1. Sam Allgood November 5, 2012 at 10:24 AM #

    Another great post! The one statement I would disagree with is ‘They were a city of Bible scholars’. I would certainly agree that they were Bible students, but I think calling them scholars supports the thinking that many Christians have that they can’t do the same thing because they are not ‘Bible scholars’, so they won’t even read it for themselves.

    It reminds me of a story I heard several years ago of a discussion between a citizen and a Congressman about ‘separation of church and state’ being in the Constitution, revealing that the Congressman, who was a lawyer, had never read the Constitution. When asked if he had not been required to read it in law school, he replied, “No, they told us what it said.”

    Sadly, this is they testimony of most Christians in regards to the Bible.

    • Mary Gardner Martin November 5, 2012 at 8:02 PM #

      Good thoughts, Sam, and I agree with your distinction in words. “Students” not “scholars.”

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