“Ecumenical” Bible Studies

by Steve Ray on April 14, 2015

EcumenicalBibleStudyWithout a teaching authority or the tradition of the historic Church, this cartoon shows what many Bible studies are really like.

I remember Bible Studies that started out with “What does this passage mean to you?”  To keep from arguing or fighting, many just avoid difficult passages.

There are many studies that exclude Catholic ideas and comments and the reason Catholics are invited is with the hope of converting them.

What matters is this – what did author intend in the context of his own time and how has the Church understood it for 2,000 years!

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Anil Wang April 14, 2015 at 8:58 AM

For fun, try doing an “Ecumenical” bible study on Ephesians 5-6 and Genesis 1-3 and then one on how they relate.

For extra fun for Ephesians 5-6, be sure to mention marriage roles, feminism, the Church, slavery, social justice, “Paul was a man of his times”, hermenautics, etc.

Predictions: In a room of 20 people there will be 25 interpretations of each, most of which are incompatible.

Lucy Watson April 14, 2015 at 9:25 AM

Thank you! This has bothered me for years. Bible studies that are designed “for the believer to discover the meaning of the Word on his own” are a recipe for personalizing Scripture to suit one’s own purposes. And I stopped going to studies where the leader “led” by asking, “So … what do you think of this passage? How does it speak to you?” It’s rather like sitting in math class and having the teacher ask, “So … 2 + 2 … what answer resonates with you?”

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