18 minutes | Mar 18th 2020

That's Your Interpretation!

In this episode, Brother Jonathan talks about how to answer someone when they tell you: Well that's just your interpretation!

 

That’s Your Interpretation

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Remnant Bible Fellowship

 

  1. The Argument
    1. You are talking to someone about something regarding a passage of scripture, could be doctrinal, practical, or maybe you are witnessing to them, and they retort back: “Well, that’s your interpretation!” As though that somehow makes you wrong or invalidates what you said.
  2. Assess the Person
    1. Figure out where they are coming from.
      1. Do they honestly believe what they’re saying?
      2. Is it a philosophical problem?
        1. deconstructionism
  • Is it just an excuse?
    1. Are they just saying this to get away from the meaning of the passage? Is there an ulterior motive?
  • How to Answer
    1. Counter-argue with an example.
      1. “If written documents don’t have a fixed and understandable message then how does texting work? Or emails? Or letters?” Or literally any other written document (books, novels, etc.)
      2. Do they live consistent with what they’re saying?
    2. Explain why they are wrong.
      1. Documents are written with an intended meaning from the author.
      2. Grammar, historical context, the lexical definition of words, all constrain the meaning of the text.
    3. Restate the correct interpretation.
      1. Give the reasons for your interpretation to be the correct one.