Context Matters!

This might be something we as Christians about 2000 years after the Bible was written tend to forget about. But taking verses out of context can be a very dangerous thing. When we do this we basically take scripture and make it say what we want to say and not what the original author was actually trying to say.

Even if we aren't trying to make God's word say want we want it to it still can be extremely hurtful. Take Mathew 18:20 for example, "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." It is an encouraging verse but if we fail to mention the context we might leave one thinking that God isn't with them unless there are two or more people.

Or even take 1 John 4:8, "But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love." We see a lot of people take this verse to mean that God’s main attribute is love and they try to say God won’t judge because God is love. What’s going on in this verse is John is telling us to love one another because God loved us first. He’s not saying God won’t judge you because of His amazing love.

The last example we'll look at is Ecclesiastes 3:13 "That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God." This is a perfect example of when people try to twist a verse and take it out of context to justify their sin.

Some may look at just this one verse and say "see God wants me to have fun, party, and get drunk" even though He condemns that. Once again if you look at the context of the verse you can see that Solomon is actually saying there is a time for everything. A time for war, peace, keep, give, and etc.

What Solomon is saying in this verse is that God does want us to be happy and that we can have fun. But not in a way that contradicts other parts of the Bible like where it says we as Christians are called to be different from the world and to have a good testimony that points others to Christ.

I heard this brilliant quote that sums this whole thing up pretty well and it was "Never read a Bible verse." It may confuse you as it did me and leave you thinking wait are you telling me not to read the Bible? But that's not it.What this quote is saying is never read a singular Bible verse on its own always look at the passage. Also look at who was writing it, why they were writing it, and to whom they were writing.

If we only look at verses in their context we will have such a better understanding of what is being said in the Bible and to help with this we are proud to announce that we are coming out with Bible studies! In these Bible studies, we will do the research and help you learn the context of the situation, what is being said and why it's being said, and how to apply it into your life.