Thursday, January 05, 2006

In Definition of: Misinterpretation

Misinterpretationa disaster in progress. 1. A result of not listening, not caring, not paying attention, or not having the energy to get it right, which, in some circles, is also called “laziness”; 2. May be used as a tool for a) manipulation for the gain of power, b) avoiding reality for the gain of an alternate hallucinogenic and sometimes hyper-spiritual reality, c) an excuse for the gain of anything needing excusing, or d) an obnoxious reason to be a power hungry magic mushroom eating blame-shifter, which, in some circles, is also called “all of the above”; 3. A thief of the author’s right and authority to interpretation, which, in some circles, is also called “stealing”; 4. A major contributing cause to the writing of the majority of the New Testament, which, in some circles, is also called “the inspired word of God”; 5. A description of lazy all of the above inspired word of God thieves, which, in some circles, is called “false teacher” and “cult leader”.

22 comments:

Steve said...

I loved listening to Mark Hawkes on all this. Mainly because of how he put it- which wa somewhere along the lines of, "If you read the bible and take it out of context, you are stupid." I think the reason why I loved Hermeneutics so much was because of the way Mark presented it.

Anyway, looking at all the different aspects to misinterpretation and what it has lead to- not including blatant lies about what is being said (ex. mormon/j.w's)- people even in the Christian church fall prey to such a thing because people do not take the time to study. Making me want to use all the more caution when I'm just reading the bible in my own time!

Xthebuilder said...

is it because of ego, the congregation, or do we become aware that so few people are truly listening that we say "whatever" comes to mind!
in todays current culture we are bieng forced to entertain the masses, to draw them in, does the slippery slope of misinterpretion start with the intent of becoming a false teacher, or does it occour because we allow the enemy to whisper sweet nothings into our ears.
Jer says:
A description of lazy all of the above inspired word of God thieves, which, in some circles, is called “false teacher” and “cult leader”.
i find it hard to believe that someone wakes up one day and chooses to be a cult leader or false teacher, i think these individuals choose more than not, to teach a lesson, and somehow it gets twisted. maybe pressure, maybe ego, maybe to become a people please, but all that rubbish aside, it is a reality that exists because a relationship with Christ is not real, is not personel, is not the belief......it is the Christ of the Gospel, the Christ that still lives, the risen one, that is who we need to draw from, and then go fourth

Paul & Wanda Moores said...

Man your blog is good. It's like I'm reading it with my Bible and morning coffee 3 days a week now.

This "in definition" series needs to be published somewhere.

Xthebuilder said...

Steve,
Just read your post. How much do you read your Bible? How much time do you spend in quiet time with God? I also went to your BLOG, to bad we can not leave comments on it.
I take it though HRDC is Human Resources....good luck on your internship, make sure it is what God wants, not fully your own desire.
Jeremy,
You never did answer, so apostle, prophet, wanna be author (lol) where are you in this huge thing we call life, or better, who are you?

Dan Richardson said...

how come you're so intent on knowing Jer so intimately dude?

Anyways...wasn't there some misinterpretation going on a few days ago in one of your posts? Some misquotes or something like that? Strange...

Xthebuilder said...

why is that strange. i think the guy is an incredible writer, has some very deep insights.
as far as misquoting, yes, i misread something, and when pointed out apologized and deleted the post. by no means was it intentional, or anything but what it was, a mistake.
we go through life making mistakes, if we do not i think we are not human

Jeremy Postal said...

Easy boys
There will be no infighting amoung the always welcome guests of my little corner of the www.

Now say sorry ;) Geesh.....it feels like I'm babysitting here!! lol

Anyhow, thanks for the multiple good comments on some of the writting in here guys! With sincerity, I do appreciated it.

Xthebuilder said...

was not fighting, i had hoped my earlier apology was understood, although it seems that dan needed to protect you, and i think that is a cool thing, a sign of true friendship and loyality.
anyhow, i in no way wish to cause ripples in a smooth pond, jeremy i have really enjoyed your posts, thoughts, and getting to know you.
i am isolated in location, and really had hoped this would be a good way to interact with other Christians without having the backlash that seems to have now occoured.
anyhow, bless you all, i wish you all the best, i will pop by time to time to read your writings, as i said, i enjoy them.
if it seemed strange to want to get to know you, i always like to understand someone on a different level than just what one see's or reads. again, a lesson i learned long ago, we all have many levels, like onions, and each level is something new.
wish ya the best

Dan Richardson said...

Dude don't worry about it...there were very thick hints of sarcasm in that last post which doesn't really come through that well through a post...I'm tired and insensitive today...so if I offended you...I apologize.

Jeremy Postal said...

ahhhh....doesn't that feel better everyone?! Now, take a deep breath and stretch your arms over your head. And one and two and three and four. Ready. Now let's stretch those fingers boys b/c it is time to get back to the topic at hand.......

The dark and sinister masked evils of misinterpretation and our response to it.

Thoughts?

Xthebuilder said...

my previous thoughts stand, i think it is the rare time someone starts down the road of false teacher, cult leader, or power hungry self worshipper. i think that at some point they suffer a breakdown with Christ, they start to think it is all them, not Christ, and start to self worship, and thus spread what they believe become special revelations from God.

so where does the blame lie? people who are not ready to be thrust into those places where they have influence on others, recent converts running small groups, or Seminary Students who under take ministry before they are ready. grounding, true and steady relations with Christ, time tested, knowing that the guy or gal who is speaking/leading our kids, young people or adults has the maturity to do so...(i am still working on that-one day though)

Xthebuilder said...

classic example


Wow. We haven't heard this sort of irrational backlash over a stroke since Fabrizio Moretti got engaged to Drew Barrymore. Deviating wildly from the Christian ethos that nearly universally posits that God is the wisest entity to ever create human free will out of a botched botanical experiment, Pat Robertson said yesterday that
Ariel Sharon had his stroke because God was cheesed off at the way he was partitioning "His land."
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Dan Richardson said...

Jer...punk

Dan Richardson said...

When I misinterpret people, I'm wanting to make myself look better than the person I'm misinterpreting. It's all about power. If I can mess someone else over, I win. Obviously I'm being a little fecicious(sp?). But in all reality, I don't think I'm far off. Maybe I'm just a power-hungry-magic-mushroom-eathing-blame-shifter.

Xthebuilder said...

dano says: Jer...punk

i agree......thanks guys, it means a ton that we can share this stuff

Jeremy Postal said...

I came out of the womb with punk tatooed on my knukles!

Builder > do you really think looking for a scapegoat to place blame on is the right question or course of action?

Paul & Wanda Moores said...

Hey Jer,

Regarding "Emerging Churches", I don't own it but plan to buy it soon. I've heard some great quotes from it. We are speaking at Conference on the Ministry and plan to use "Emerging Churches" as an inspiration for what we'll talk about.

Xthebuilder said...

Jer- I do not get the question? Which comment are you refering to? I am looking at relationships more than individuals.....primary relationship between beleiver and Christ

Jeremy Postal said...

Take a look up the comments...

At one point you ask the question, "So where does the blame lie?"

I'm just wondering if that is really the best question to be asking...?

Xthebuilder said...
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Xthebuilder said...

i have to rewrite this comment later it came out all wrong

Xthebuilder said...

i am looking at a better word than "blame", is it who's responsibility, how can we make sure that those who are leaders are servants first with strong relations with Christ. Jer I am unsure, yet I strongly believe that very few (a rare exception) of individuals ever go out with an intention of bieng a false teacher, or misinterpretting anything read. i thing it becomes ego, self driven ministry rather than God driven ministry. and yes, i think we need to accept some of the blame, allowing those who are not spiritually, emotionally, or ready in any way to become teachers, interns, shepards, etc