What do you see in the image above? An old woman looking down to the left? Or did you see a younger woman looking away from you who has a feather in her hat? Regardless of what you may have seen in the image, the reality is both can be seen there. What you saw first just depends on your perspective. Your interpretation.
Seeing differing perspectives is the point of optical illusions. There are a number of ways you can view the pictures. However, too many people tend to view all of life the way we view optical illusions. This is especially true when it comes to understanding the Bible. Maybe you’ve been there. You’re in a conversation with a friend, a specific verse or part of the Bible comes up. Your friend states how they view it, you state how you view it, but your views are not the same. What do you do? Most would treat it like we treat optical illusions – there is more than one way to interpret it.
While there are things in God’s Word that have been interpreted in various ways throughout history, the large majority of Scripture doesn’t require a seminary degree to get the point. In other words, the Bible is easily interpreted. God revealed Himself in His Word clearly and straightforwardly. It’s not a mystery. It’s not difficult. It’s not confusing. It’s clear. James Emery White makes this point in his article “That’s Just Your Interpretation“. I commend it to you for a quick 2-minute read.
It may be true that some parts of the Bible are difficult to understand, but in its core message and doctrines, God has left very little “room for interpretation”. I hope you enjoy the article. I challenge you to share it with someone else and even discuss how we determine which parts may be open for various interpretations and which parts are not.
Like always, I would love to hear from any of my readers. Drop me a comment, leave me a note, or even ask me a question. I will answer and engage as soon as I can. And as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!
Until Next Time…