When someone is either against God or the Bible it is commonly said that they are speaking against the Bible. In fact, this is a misstatement. Someone usually speaks against a verse or verses of the Bible when attacking both God and the Bible. If someone is trying to cause doubt, they also approach their argument in the same manner…with verses.
The reason that they use particular verses is that they do not know the Bible. The Bible is spiritually discerned. Unbelievers are not capable of understanding the Bible. Satan misused scripture in the Garden of Eden to deceive Eve, and he misused scripture in the wilderness to tempt Jesus. The misuse of verses is nothing new.
So remember when you encounter an unbeliever quoting scripture, that person is incapable of understanding the Bible. Scripture is understood in context with the verses around it, the section in which it is contained, the chapter in which it lies, and God’s plan for the ages found in the entire Bible. Notice that Peter in his final words describes and then warns of this very error.
Peters Final Words in:
2Peter3.14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Published on Monday, July 5, 2010 @ 8:07 AM CDT