When "I believe" supersedes "Scripture says..."

Updated: Sep 13, 2019

It’s all about us. It’s my feelings, my interpretation, what I believe and what I think. This permeates most theological viewpoints. Okay, so you think you don’t worry about theology. Actually, you do and you have a theological viewpoint. Whenever you approach the Written Word of God, the Bible, reading a passage or two, you have an opinion on what it means. That, my friends, is theology: the discussing, talking (logia) about, or in Greek: Logos of God (Theo). However, what is your understanding based on?

In a discussion recently about the biblical teaching of apostasy and falling away from the faith it came down to two sides. On one side was, “I believe” and on the other, “But Scripture says”. This is the battle since the Garden of Eden when Satan challenged the Word of God. ““Did God actually say” (Genesis 3:1). THAT’s where it all began to fall apart and led to…well The Fall. Satan, the founder of lies, brought into question the plain understanding, the simple terms God told Adam:

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat[d] of it you shall surely die.”