• Teacher

    Understanding and interpreting any serious literature requires patience and an open mind – the humble attitude of a learner. This, even more so when we are dealing with the holy bible.
    Taking a deductive approach of interpretation, the Sadducees concluded that there can be no resurrection of the dead. By human reasoning, there was some logic to their reading of the holy scripts. So they held on to their own version for so long Luke 20: 28-37. Well, until the Great Interpreter, the Wisdom of God, himself intervened.

    Asked he? ‘When Moses – the one they purported to interpret – called God ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ was he referring to a God of the dead! Luke 20: 37-38.

    In the same place, Jesus asked, ‘How say they that Christ is David’s son? And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?’ Luke 20: 41-44. What Jesus was trying to do here was partly to take them beyond their customary rigid surface interpretation, to help them understand that there is a profound spiritual dimension.Yet this is a scripture that has been in reading for hundreds of years!

    Further, Rev 19:10 states: ‘..the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy’ i.e the essence and core of the scriptures and the key to its interpretation is Jesus Christ. With particular reference to the book of Hebrew 10:5 and Psalm 40:6, Dr. Aribisala’s understanding may have been helped had he paused to read further and reflect on Psalm 10: 6-8 which clearly quoted the pre-incarnate Jesus. See also Isaiah 53; 26:19; Zech 11: 10-14.

    2 Pet 1:16 assured its readers of the veracity of the scriptures and declared: ‘this is no cunningly devised fables’. Dr. Aribisala may also wish to take to heart the words of the bible in Isiah 28: 9-10 that ‘…precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little and there a little…’ This was a shot at the hasty Jewish readers, v.13. The bible is a compendium of 66 books, written by diverse authors, treating subjects that took hundreds, if not thousands, of years to fully unfold. It demands a patient study- actually more rewarding when read with an open mind, even axiomatically- and it is required that any interpretation of it must be done within context.

    Dr. Aribisala needs to remain a student yet, perhaps for the lifetime, and find other subjects that could be treated ever so conclusively if that is what deadlines demand!

  • Teacher

    Understanding and
    interpreting any serious literature requires patience and an open mind – the
    humble attitude of a learner. This, even more so when we are dealing with the
    holy bible. Taking a deductive approach of interpretation, the Sadducees
    concluded that there can be no resurrection of the dead. By human reasoning,
    there was some logic to their reading of the holy scripts. So they held on to
    their own version for so long Luke 20: 28-37. Well, until the great interpreter
    himself intervened.

    Asked he, ‘When Moses – the one they purported
    to interprete- called God ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the
    God of Jacob’ was he referring to a God of the dead! Luke 20: 37-38.

    In the same place Jesus asked, ‘How say they
    that Christ is David’s son? And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The
    LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies
    thy footstool. David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?’ Luke
    20: 41-44. What Jesus was trying to do here was partly to take them beyond
    their customary rigid literal interpretation. To help them understand there is
    a spiritual dimension.Yet this is a scripture that has been in reading for hundreds
    of years!

    Further, Rev 19:10 states: ‘..the testimony of
    Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ With particular reference to the book of
    Hebrew 10:5 and Psalm 40:6, Dr. Aribisala’s understanding may have been helped
    had he paused to read further and reflect on Psalm 10: 6-8 which clearly quoted
    the pre-incarnate Jesus. See also Isaiah 53; 26:19; Zech 11: 10-14.

    2 Pet 1:16 assured its readers of the veracity
    of the scriptures and declared: ‘this is no cunningly devised fables’. Dr.
    Aribisala may also wish to take to heart the words of the bible in Isiah 28:
    9-10 that ‘…precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon
    line, line upon line; here a little and there a little…’ This was a shot at
    the hasty Jewish readers, v.13. The bible is a compendium of 66 books, written
    by diverse authors, treating subjects that took hundreds, if not thousands, of
    years to fully unfold. It demands a patient study- actually more rewarding when
    read with an open mind, even axiomatically- and it is required that any
    interpretation of it must be done within context.

    Dr. Aribisala needs to remain a student yet,
    perhaps for the lifetime, and find other subjects that could be treated ever so
    conclusively if that is what deadlines demand!

  • wode

    I found it difficult to understand why most people commenting here result to emotion. Instead of addressing the issue, the subject of the article is taken personal. This man is quoting verses from different sources and emphasizing the areas of contradiction, not only in the interpretation or choice of words but the real message. It would have made a lot of sense proving that his quotations are not correct.

  • Fabian Tihu

    Hi, something is wrong with the iframe for the Games Empire and Bigfarm, can you fix it?

  • Tatheo M.

    Yeah, please fix it