What Does it Mean to Be Biblical?

I remember when I was younger, to say things are “biblical” was a popular way to describe something the Bible either supported or doesn’t support.

Yet I realize now how presumptious that statement is now.

There are two assumptions about someone who uses that quite heavily which I have an uncomfortable time accepting:

  1. That the Bible is black and white on every single issue
  2. And that my interpretation of the Bible yields the correct one.

Indeed, to saying something is “biblical” can often serve as a blanket statement which dismisses the complexity in certain issues, failing to note the tensions which exist within the Bible. Inappropriate usage often estranges Christians into different and divided camps. And worse still, it can blind us to how biased our understanding of the scriptures are.



Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.

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