Teaching Students to Ask the Right Question

Here is a good reminder from Pastor John MacArthur:
A biblical perspective of truth also necessarily entails the recognition that ultimate truth is an objective reality. Truth exists outside of us and remains the same regardless of how we may perceive it. Truth by definition is as fixed and constant as God is immutable. That is because real truth...is the unchanged and unchanging expression of who God is; it is not our own personal arbitrary interpretation of reality. Amazingly, Christians in our generation need to be reminded of these things. Truth is never determined by looking at God's Word and asking, "What does this mean to me?" Whenever I hear someone talk like that, I'm inclined to ask, "What did the Bible mean before you existed? What does God mean by what He says?" Those are the proper questions to be asking...The task of the interpreter is to discern that meaning. And proper interpretation must precede application.

(The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception, copyright © 2007, pages xx-xxi)

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