St Albans Group Meeting – “A text out of context is a pretext!" - how to read the Bible / how to look on the line, between the lines and behind the lines of a text rather than interpreting it at face value.

In this session we will take 20 minutes or so exploring some important background information that underpins the assertion that “A text out of context is a pretext!" We can then discuss some of the issues presented. After that we will look in more detail at John 3:16, from my perspective perhaps the most abused, misused and out of context verse in the whole of the Christian Testament: ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” [NRSV, Anglicised]. It has caused division by setting up barriers as to who is “in” and who is “out” of eternal bliss, life everlasting, etc. etc. In preparation for our discussion you might like to consider what this verse means to you? I will then explore this verse so that we can avoid taking this text of out context so that it becomes nothing more than the pretext that forms so much of the pulpit evangelists' misrepresenting of the teaching and life example of Rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. And from the outset I declare that I do take the Bible seriously but not literally! Looking forward to our discussion Thursday.

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Thursday 25th November 2021
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John Churcher
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