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"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." 2 Peter 1:20-21. These verses clearly state that the bible in its entirety is the work of God and not man. Scripture is divinely inspired. To "twist" scripture would be to make assumptions on its validity. To take verses out of context in order to make it more pleasing to the reader. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." 1Timothy 3:16. Jesus himself stated in Mathew 5:18 that not even one "jot" of scripture would ever be altered by the hand of man. And finally in Revelations 22:19 we find a warning: " And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life." It has become common practice in our culture to attempt to deny, alter, bend and twist scripture in order to make it more compatible to society as a whole. But the word of God, challenged and denigrated by some, remains firm and will stand forever unalterable.
Greetings Brother Polk, the term "Scripture twisting" refers to taking the verse or passage out of context to apply a meaning. This method of interpretation is called eisegesis. The meaning given to the verse or passage is based upon supposition, preference or bias rather than the original intended meaning. For example, Prov 10:22 reads "The blessing of the LORD it maketh rich, He addeth no sorrow with it." If this were a fact rather than a general statement, then there would have been no need for 2Tim 2:3, "Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ"; or any of the other verses that encourage the Christian to remain steadfast in their faith. Proper interpretation is called exegesis, from the Greek for "explaining". This method uses the context of the verse or passage to derive the meaning. This interpreter must consider the following: who was the human author; who were the original recipients; what were the historical circumstances surrounding the writing; what was the original language and meaning; how can this message be applied today? Using exegesis, one can "rightly divide the Word of Truth" and identify false doctrine based upon twisted Scripture.
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