Nobody reads the Bible literally. We are all interpreting – and this is a good thing!
This admission allows us to say:
Since we are all interpreting, let’s talk about how we are interpreting.
I first realized this about the book of Revelation (apocalyptic literature). Then it became clear about other genres of scripture like wisdom literature (like Job) and the gospels (like Luke).
Here is a recent sermon that I gave on the subject. You can also listen to the full version of it (including a lot of joking at the beginning) on the VHUMC podcast.
I would love to hear your thoughts, questions, and concerns.
I will be saying more about the idea of ‘moving your application up to your interpretation’ in the months to come.