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Out Of Context 

We live in a world of sound bites (many edited for dramatic effect), partial quotes (with great pictures), bible promises (without the principle), and so on.

I recently read a C. S. Lewis quote on Facebook that just didn’t sit right with me. Lewis, one of my favorite authors, has a distinct style of writing. When I read the quote it sounded like him but something was missing. Turns out a lot was missing. About 90% of the quote.

This is what was quoted.


This is what what he actually said.

“It is Christ Himself, not the Bible, who is the true Word of God. The Bible, read in the right spirit and with the guidance of good teachers will bring us to Him. When it becomes really necessary (i.e. for our spiritual life, not for controversy or curiosity) to know whether a particular passage is rightly translated or is Myth (but of course Myth specially chosen by God from among countless Myths to carry a spiritual truth) or history, we shall no doubt be guided to the right answer. But we must not use the Bible (our ancestors too often did) as a sort of Encyclopedia out of which texts (isolated from their context and read without attention to the whole nature and purport of the books in which they occur) can be taken for use as weapons.”

I’m not trying to argue the validity of his argument. Just stating that you can’t believe everything you read, everything that’s quoted, everything that’s preached, every sound byte, or second hand story. I know this makes sense. We all believe it. We just fall victim time to time when we hear a great sounding little snippet that touches our heart.

My point. Simple. Check it out. The entire quote actually makes a lot more biblical sense. 

I don’t usually write posts like the so I hope it helps you in some way.


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