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Christians are taught that the Bible is the Word of God. In it is the way to salvation, or perhaps it’s called the “roadmap to life.” But the Bible isn’t like a math book. In a math book, a+b = c. But in the Bible, what is ‘a’ and what is ‘b’, and how would we know if ‘c’ is correct? Each verse is not another problem to solve. The words must be read together in context. Or else, we will misread the Bible. And the fact is, we often do misread the Bible. Rather than looking closely at the text, we scan over it assuming that we either know what we’re reading or, if we don’t understand it, it doesn’t matter. Many of these misreadings are taught in schools, in churches, and in books.

David Croteau, professor of New Testament and Greek in the Seminary and School of…

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