A Teacher Or Prophet Is Not Always Necessary


A debate took place between a Christian and an Atheist. The Atheist raised an argument about the Pillar Jacob erected on Rachel’s tomb in the Bible (Genesis 35:16-22). The Bible says the pillar is ‘‘there to this day.’’ His argument was that the Bible’s validity hinges on locating the pillar it claims is still present to this day. Once we discover the pillar, he won’t hesitate to believe in God.

The Bible reveals that Joshua and the Israelites killed the king of Ai and buried him under a heap of stones that remains to this day (Joshua 8:28-29). The Atheist was adamant that we locate that pile of rocks to validate the accuracy and reliability of the Bible. He employed identical arguments for the Temple of Solomon and other biblical passages, asserting that we must discover these things today for the Bible to hold true.

In another debate between a Muslim and a Christian, the Muslim asked the Christian to show him where in the Bible Jesus says ‘‘I am God, worship Me.” Several Muslims consider this apologist to be a genius for employing that argument against the Christian, as if it is the only way to show that Jesus is God.

I had a discussion with a brother in the Christian faith. I voiced my concerns about the lack of agreement among our many theological perspectives. The Christian brother, who was studying theology said, ‘‘that’s okay, everyone needs to have their own theology.” Well, if that’s true, what should we do with the many verses in the Bible that emphasize unity? I asked. The conversation suddenly grew quiet.



It’s not always necessary to rely on someone to interpret certain things in the Bible. Often, basic logic and common sense are all that’s needed. That the Bible mentions something ‘‘is there to this day’’ doesn’t imply its continued existence in our era. Without preservation efforts, a pile of stones or wooden pillar from over 2000 years ago would have decayed into the ground. It is clear that these things were present when the writer wrote this part of the Bible. You can figure this out without the help of a teacher.

Believing that Jesus is God doesn’t depend on a specific statement He makes in that Bible stating ‘‘I am God, worship Me.’’ There are many other ways to show that He is God from the same Bible. The president of your country doesn’t have to announce himself from a rooftop if he visits your area for you to know he is the president. You can identify him by observing the security guards and the special honors surrounding him. There’s no need for anyone to inform you about that. So, you can know that Jesus is God by observing the events that surround Him.

The Bible has faced relentless criticism from skeptics throughout history. Many individuals have gone to great lengths, working behind closed doors, to discredit its value to mankind. Truth is, people who criticize and battle against the Bible often struggle more with their own belief systems than Christians do with the Bible’s teachings. Sin remains unresolved in the belief systems of Muslims, Buddhists, modernists, and New Age movements. Atheists, agnostics, and other groups offer countless contradictory explanations regarding the meaning of life. But all these groups treat the Bible as if they possess flawless understanding and explanations within their own belief systems. The Christian worldview exceeds these groups by a large margin in revealing life’s meaning and purpose.

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Key Points for Interpretation of Scripture


When interpreting the content of the Bible, there are many factors to consider. Some of them comprise the writer’s context, the intended meaning, context of Bible times, translation difficulties, the original audience, and the Holy Spirit’s way of applying the message today.

Many preachers selectively choose verses from the Bible that suit their preferences and build theologies that do not align with reality or present truth. Some often refer to the laws of Moses in the Old Testament to justify divorce and vengeance. Others take verses about liberal giving in Paul’s letters to churches and reframe them as doctrines promoting tithing.

The reason for these misunderstandings is our failure to practice what we teach in theological schools, Sunday sermons, and discipleship schools. We are quick to declare that everything points to Jesus in our words. However, our actions contradict our words in practicing what we preach.

For a correct understanding of the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit must primarily lead the interpreter to observe Jesus’ actions. Jesus is the perfect role model for us to follow. We should adopt his course of action, even though there are certain topics for which we can’t observe much action from Him. Marriage is one example. He didn’t marry because we are His bride. Our wedding ceremony will take place at the end of this current setting.

The next thing to look at after Jesus’ actions is what He says about the topic. While He may not directly involve practically Himself in marriage issues, He offers guidance on what a Christlike marriage looks like.

There are situations where He doesn’t engage in practical action or provide a lot of insight on the topic. That is the case with the church lifestyle. During His time on earth, He focused on preparing minds for the church age in His Gospels. There are few direct instructions from him on dealing with church administration issues.

Therefore, we examine the actions and words of the Apostles and Early Believers. The Holy Spirit intentionally recorded the acts and words of those early individuals in the Bible because they were direct eyewitnesses. Jesus used them to establish the foundation we currently rely on. The Acts and Letters serve as a record of their actions and words for us to learn from. There is a lot in them on how to handle church issues.

Once we complete this step, we can proceed to what the rest of the Bible says about the topic. In this way, everything points to Jesus and we truly engage in ‘‘…bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ’’ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

If you randomly select verses to construct theologies, you’re likely to interpret them with bias and prejudice. Ultimately, you end up with an interpretation that contradicts others in the Body of Christ, rather than being guided by the Holy Spirit and pointing to Christ.

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Should We Forget About Theological Explorations?

The existence of multiple conflicting schools of thought unquestionably causes confusion among Christians. Yet, let’s admit a fact. Engaging in theology is beneficial for us as believers. Stanford E. Murrell, ThD says, “…every thoughtful individual is a theologian to some extent, for life and destiny are affected by what an individual believes about God and His will.’’ Theology aids in interpreting life’s events, fostering appreciation for different perspectives and enriching our faith.

It’s important to understand that theology is simply a tool for exploration. This is the part where we frequently mess things up. The common desire is to swap out the sacred Word of God with our own theologies, even though theology serves only to enhance our comprehension of God’s Word. Theology is a means for exploration, not the actual treasure. I really hope we can get this right. The confusion caused by divisive theologies within the Body of Christ will diminish greatly.

Engaging in exploration is a magnificent practice that allows us to uncover enthralling discoveries in life. Life becomes more interesting with theological explorations. The greatest people who ever lived are all remembered for their explorations. While we explore, it’s important to maintain our focus on God. The exploration process is meaningful only when He receives all the glory in the end.

The Bible contains abundant knowledge about God and the universe, surpassing what one can fully understand in a lifetime. Let’s embark on an exploration. But explorers should know that not all borrowed routes lead to treasure. There’s a possibility of walking down a path and finding ourselves in an unknown wilderness or becoming trapped by wild beasts. Yet, every journey comes with its own lessons. We can take a more favorable path on our next adventure to discover abundant treasures.


We should view the theologies we create in this manner. There are various ways to explore God’s Word and uncover valuable hidden treasures. At times, the road we travel on leads us directly to blessings. On other occasions, we find ourselves entangled in perplexity. Rather than getting caught up in confusion and wasting our energy in pride, let’s be humble, acknowledge our mistakes, and unite for the next adventure.


Don’t get trapped in your so-called school of thought. The Holy Spirit is the sole school of thought, generating harmonious results that are helpful for all. Each time you isolate yourself up in your own system of belief, thinking you’re wiser than others, you’re only displaying your pride and causing rifts among fellow believers.

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