Your Interpretation of the Bible
This is a revamped older cartoon of mine.
Years ago when I was a pastor I was invited to attend a weekend workshop on biblical interpretation. The theologian's intent was to debunk the philosophy of deconstruction and prove to us that there was an objective interpretation to the Bible.
We were assigned a bunch of books to read on the philosophy of deconstruction, literary analysis, and hermeneutics.
Basically, the philosophy of deconstruction, developed by Derrida, analyzes, questions, and challenges the relationship between text and meaning.
For me, the workshop backfired.
I left that weekend appreciating the deconstruction theory.
So I drew this cartoon and I still stand by it.
Especially when people say things like...
"It's not me who says it. The Bible says it!"
"Clearly, the Bible says..."
"God said it. I believe it. That settles it!"
Not true! You have the Bible. You have your interpretation of it. What you leave with is your interpretation of it. Period.
Until we understand that, we really can't have a decent conversation about the text and meaning.