On Using the Bible as a Bludgeon

From my Amish reading--a reflection on the proper use of Bible reading.

from The Amish Way 
Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, David L. Weaver-Zercher 
One minister, however, cautions that "Bible reading and study is not good when you do it to find fault and criticize churches and people around you. There is a big difference between reading for your daily bread and inspiration, and studying the Bible just to be critical of others or to justify your own contentious and rebellious thoughts."

It is very important to remember that any interpretation of Scripture that is used to harm others or to coerce others very likely lacks authenticity.  If we fail in love, we fail.


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