The Great Eisegesis: One size fits allFriendo 36 comments
Eisegesis [ahy-si-jee-sis] : An interpretation of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
Recently I moved from from the West Coast city of Portland, Oregon, to the very center of Midwest America. Quincy, Illinois is a beautiful town of about 40,000. Stately brick homes along tree lined avenues, all just blocks from the Mississippi River.
I had discovered the concept of custom made religion while living in Oregon, but now that I am in the heart of conservative America-where they support Sarah Palin and are members of the Tea Party-I have come across a huge mass of people who (although they would never admit it, and probably don't even realize it) have developed their own God and their own system that is totally outside any established religion. Although, they call themselves Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Methodist, Lutheran, Protestants, Baptists, Southern Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist, and on and on and on.
Many will tell you that they get on their knees every morning, and pray to their God. After they pray, their God answers them, or otherwise somehow takes action in their lives. They will tell you that all things are part of their Gods plan. God gives them guidance and the courage to make it through another day. He directs them.
Here in America, the Christian Bible is widely read(so it's “readers” say), used as a platform for literally thousands of churches, and is cited as a basis for an untold number of beliefs. How crazy is this? How can one book support so many different belief systems, let alone so many different religions?
The answer: Eisegesis: An interpretation of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text. It's kind of like the Tarot: interpret what you think the listener wants to hear. If you are a preacher, and your congregation needs money to build a new facility; you find scriptures that support your fund raising. If you need a certain person to get elected, you will find scriptures that support the election of your candidate. There are so many scriptures subject to interpretation, with a little research, you can get the Bible to say anything you want.
The claim is that the bible is the inspired word of God...apparently a very ambiguous writer he was, unable to pass too much along without self casting much doubt and argument within his people. Many subtle differences in translations cause the bible to apparently say many different things. Things that suit the clergy of the faith and its followers.
Doubt the bible and you will be labeled all sorts of terrible things. You can't doubt the word of God, it's the word of God!...If you don't believe it, just listen to what we tell you. We know what God is trying to do.
Here is a great video from Pat Condell that more or less supports my viewpoint.
You can't doubt the word of God, even though there are no other books from the same era that substantiate and support what it supposedly says.-I'm sure this comment will bring bible supporters coming out in droves with “evidence” supporting the Bible, but it just won't be the same, even though being the same would make it just as dubious.
It just cracks me up, I hear so many say: They have a personal relationship with God, or that they have accepted Jesus and been saved-born again...filled with the holy spirit...Well jeez, which is it? A personal relationship? Filled with spirit? Or born again?
I'm not the best of writers, and not the most knowledgeable on this blog, but I know how things feel, and its hard for me to understand that these self made to order versions of what God and religion is, is really the way it is. I just don't buy it. With so many dying everyday, with so many suffering, with so many in pain, how could god be listening to you and directing your life?
What a bunch of self centered, arrogant, fools.