THE LOUVRE ABU DHABI AND OUR PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi. I was delighted to hang out with the sculptures, whilst she was fascinated by the paintings. We both marveled at the artists’ ability to capture emotion and tell a story through their work. Our time at the gallery was truly a sophisticated and world-class experience.
On our way home, we discussed our favorite pieces and the ones we found the most intriguing. We soon realized that we each interpreted the artwork based on our own experiences. These interpretations were not necessarily in the mind of the artist, but were more a reflection of ourselves.
THE PROBLEM WITH PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS
On reflecting on our visit to the Louvre, I thought about the concept of private interpretations. The whole idea of us seeing things the way we are, rather than seeing things the way they actually are. These private interpretations are based on our own paradigms. Paradigms that have been shaped by our personal contexts and experiences.
If we fail to remain objective, these private interpretations wreak havoc in our relationships. Conflicts abound in relationships were people struggle to understand each other. Whilst our most enjoyable relationships are the ones where we have a good understanding of one another.
PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS AND THE BIBLE
On further reflection of our private interpretations, 2 Peter 1:20 came to mind. –“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.” – The early church obviously had this problem. Which is why the apostle Peter wrote this verse. He later talks about the writings of Paul that were hard to understand and were being distorted by ignorant and unstable people. Peter then added that these people do it with all the other scriptures.
The scary part of having these private interpretations of scripture is that they lead to destruction. (see 2 Peter 3:16)
THE CORRECT WAY TO INTERPRET SCRIPTURE
The correct way to interpret The Bible is by having a relationship with the author. The apostle Peter tells us that the prophecy of scripture did not have its origin in the will of man. Instead, men wrote as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the author of The Bible. Therefore, He is the One that gives proper understanding of what is written.
We all approach life, relationships and the bible with our own preconceived ideas. These paradigms cause us to see things from our own perspectives. These interpretations are not necessarily true of the situation, but they are very real to us. These personal realities shape how we view life, people and The Bible.
The problem with these private interpretations is that they prevent us from seeing what others actually mean by their words and actions. These misunderstandings damage our relationships.
If we are not careful, we approach God and the Bible in the same way. Where we allow ourselves the liberty to interpret scripture based on our experiences. Rather than letting the Bible shape our we view the world.
You see dear friend, The Bible and the nature of God are not works of art that we can attach our own interpretations to. In fact it is man’s private interpretations of scripture that is leading to destruction.
We need a relationship with the Holy Spirit to accurately interpret life, relationships and the Bible.
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