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A Matter Of Biblical Interpretation

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The Bible needs to be interpreted. The possibilities are not limitless, but there is room for interpretation. To be sure everyone who practices the holy Christian religion does interpret Scripture, or subscribe to an already existing interpretation / school of thought.

My first move, whenever possible, is to seek out the incarnational (perceivable by one or more of the five senses) meaning rather than the abstract and notional meaning. A case in point is Hebrews 12:2 which is the Gradual for next Sunday. 

"O come let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."

If we interpret this in the abstract then the admonition would be (to the original hearers - and to us today) to call to mind what the Lord did for them on the cross.

But if we interpret this verse incarnationally then the exhortation would be to view something that is actually before their eyes: in this case either the Eucharist on their altar, or possibly a cross or crucifix that adorned their place of worship. That is how I interpret it, and invite you to consider.

 

4 Comments

Thanks
Stephen, At the risk of giving aid and comfort to the EO let me say that liturgical pieces such as the crucifix are more than reminders. While not sacraments per se, they are sacrament-like and as such to be deeply reverenced. To kiss the crucifix (or the icon) is to practice incarnational religion. The odorless, colorless, tasteless worship of Fundamentalism has robbed Lutherans of their catholic orthodox heritage. Pr. K.
Humans.. need
. reminders... daily..of..the.. deep.. need.. for
. Christ..and
.his..help..to.. remove..the..old.. Adam

And..have.faith..that..once..we..are..glorified. By Grace..all..will..be reveiled .and restored
This is why the Orthodox have (sooo many) icons.
:-)

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