|Statement||by the Rev. Charles Daubeny ....|
The Bible is holy scripture because it is the living document and foundation of many important faiths, including Unitarian Universalism. To abandon the Bible would mean alienation from one of the world's most important influences on religious thought-liberal and otherwise. Our leading principle in interpreting Scripture is this, that the Bible is a book written for men, in the language of men, and that its meaning is to be sought in the same manner as that of other books. We believe that God, when he speaks to the human race, conforms, if we may so say, to the established rules of speaking and writing. Our [primary guideline] in interpreting Scripture is this, that the Bible is a book written for [human beings], in [human] language and that its meaning is to be sought in the same [way] as that of other books God, when he speaks to the human race, [abides by] . When we read scripture in worship, whether it is the Bible, the Dhammapada, or the Tao Te-Ching, we interpret it as a product of its time and its place. There is wisdom there, and there are inspiring stories, but scripture is not to be interpreted narrowly or oppressively. It can be beautiful, inspirational and wise.
The Scriptures occupy a position of high esteem and affection among Unitarians. This great book of religious prose, poetry, and drama is awarded a place of honor in every Unitarian church. Unitarian services usually include a reading or a sermon from Holy Writ. Some, who have chosen to misinterpret these scriptures have claimed that the idea of God consisting of two beings is a relatively recent invention. However scholars, such as Dr. Larry Hurtado, have noted, "Earliest Christian worship specifies two figures, God and Jesus, as recipients" (Hurtado Larry. This book will afford readers a more fair and balanced approach to the Scriptures which have been so distorted by the mishandling and misinterpretations of clergy via thier creeds and doctrines. The conscientious truth-seeker will be given a perspective contrary to what they have perennially been taught primarily through tradition and. He was a Unitarian minister of St. Saviour’s Gate Chapel, York, who denied the deity and atonement of Jesus Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, and the divine inspiration of Scripture. This was made plain in his book The Bible and Popular Theology, which appeared in
Scripture is more rich and complex than can be handled by a simple binary analysis. The early Apostolic Church Fathers ( A.D.) recognized that scriptures are often four layers deep, with each layer having a deeper meaning than the last layer. 1 They utilized a method of interpretation called the “Quadriga” which has four layers of. By using the proper method of interpretation, that is, biblical interpretation, the Bible reader will be able to understand the simple message God has given us in his Word. Understanding the four aspects of biblical interpretation, the context of the passages, and letting Scripture interpret Scripture will help you truly appreciate the Savior. I am a Christadelphian, and as such this answer is from a Christadelphian perspective. Bible quotations which refute the doctrine of the Trinity: There is only one God: Mark 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is. interpretation of materials presented through many forms of communication. Communication is the transmission and reception of thoughts and feelings in a medium common to both sender and receiver.