KNOWING THE VOICE OF GOD.
The struggle in reading the Bible for me has always been assumption, we read things into writen text all the time that is not outright stated. There is an audience, and although the timeless truth is there we can easily over personalize things in scripture. Often I struggle with “Angry God Syndrome” or the “Frowning Jesus disorder” – in a nutshell we can take the words in one scripture as believers and misapropriate it.
An example is when Jesus got on someone for something, such as the Pharisees. Well maybe you are judgemental but if you are truly in Christ the Lord won’t condemn you with the Pharisees. He may indeed use a passage about the legalistic cold hearted Pharisees in order to prick your heart and convict you so you can correct the behavior but not condemn, as Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
In the article
(5 Habits Of Truly Amazing Communicators) says, “For people to really hear you—and you to hear them—you need to understand that everyone carries filters, beliefs, assumptions, experiences, and cultural influences that shape their point of view. The most difficult part? You can’t physically see any of these things. ”
On God’s side he has no flaws or errors, but this relates to us when we reas scripture, we have “filters, beliefs, assumptions, experiences, and cultural influences that shape our point of view”
Granted, our points of view are not by default correct most often. That is why scripture tells us to in Romans 12 “Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will, his good pleasing and perfect will.
The whole thing is we must view God rightly and the way he is. Have you ever wrote a letter, sent a text or facebook message that was intended as well meaning but your words were misquoted, or misunderstood or had things read in to them that were not there? Well we can do this with God’s greatest love letter, His Word.
Not every truth in scripture is always fun to hear, and the truth can hurt but when the truth does hurt or when it does not know the heart of the writer!