Objectivity in reading the Bible

In reading and studying the Bible the goal must be objectivity – to study and learn objectively rather than subjectively. We must try and overcome our subjective bias and influence when we read the Word of God. For example, there are many things we have been taught regarding the Christian life and the Church which have either little or no basis in Scripture. And we have been influenced by examples set before us in preachers, pastors or leaders which are far below the par of the example set by the Apostles and Prophets of the NT. These are all factors which can influence our objectivity.

To endeavor to read objectively is to endeavor to read and understand independently of things which may influence and bias the way you read the Word. But subjective reading is when you are looking to find what you want to find – what is in your self-interest to see, as in people only seeing what they want to see in Scripture.

Objectivity:

Objectivity is a central philosophical concept, related to reality and truth, which has been variously defined by sources. Generally, objectivity means the state or quality of being true even outside of a subject’s individual biases, interpretations, feelings, and imaginings. A proposition is generally considered objectively true (to have objective truth) when its truth conditions are met and are “mind-independent” — that is, existing freely or independently from a mind (from the thoughts, feelings, ideas, etc. of a sentient subject). A second, broader meaning of the term refers to the ability in any context to judge fairly, without bias or external influence (see journalistic objectivity); this second meaning of objectivity is sometimes used synonymously with neutrality.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivity_(philosophy)

Objective:

Uninfluenced by emotions or personal prejudices: an objective critic.

Objectively:

adverb – impartially, neutrally, fairly, justly, without prejudice, dispassionately, with an open mind, equitably, without fear or favour, even-handedly, without bias, disinterestedly, with objectivity or impartiality, Try to view the situation more objectively.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/objectively

Disinterested:

Free of bias and self-interest; impartial:

In traditional usage, disinterested can only mean “having no stake in an outcome,” as in, Since the judge stands to profit from the sale of the company, she cannot be considered a disinterested party in the dispute.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/disinterestedly

It is so very vital that all preachers and teachers be “disinterested” – that they have no selfish stake in the outcome of what they preach and teach.

Objectivity is one of the greatest needs of the hour. It is the only approach to the Holy Scriptures which honors its Author.

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