"In surveys taken during the mid-1990s, George Barna found that about three-fourths of the U.S. population did not believe in absolute truth. The same was true of almost two-thirds of those who called themselves Evangelical Christians."
When this is applied consistently, it leads to the rejection of the absolute and exclusive truth of Christianity as such, and the acceptance of all religious viewpoints as equally valid. Even among those who are committed to the Christian faith, the influence of relativism has led many to declare, “There is no one right way to interpret the Bible!”
I can tell you as a Bible teacher this is the number one obstacle to believers learning the Bible. Most Christians do not know two things: 1. there are Biblical Rules of Interpretation, 2. there is a Plan of God that runs throughout the Bible. When these two are put together in Bible study, the Bible can be understood.
Most know that you are to study verses in context and the plan of salvation culminates in Christ at the cross. These two are certainly true, but these two alone do not guarantee an understanding of scripture and unfortunately it is hard to convince the average believer that there are many more riches to be mined in God’s word.
It is also hard to convince most that they are in error on many things and this is why so many get lost navigating difficult verses; and many times unwittingly do as much damage as unbelievers by claiming that “There is no one right way to interpret the Bible!”
Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for
all : Bible doctrine for today (13). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 @ 4:06 AM CDT