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D. A. Carson expounds on how we should read and understand our Bibles. 

Someone in the West may ask the question, “What does the Bible say about keeping fit?” The expected answers will be trotted out: our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit; bodily exercise may not profit eternally but does profit somewhat in this life; and in any case we are not dualists or Gnostics: all of life, including physical life, is to be lived under Christ’s lordship. And at the consummation we will receive resurrection bodies. None of the answers are false. Our trawling has not been entirely without profit. But all the answers are skewed, in that the Bible does not set out to answer questions about keeping fit. Even at the tangential level it says things that may be relevant to the question only within the context of larger; bigger questions that are finally tied to God’s plan of redemption and thus to God’s priorities, God’s purposes for his people. (Carson, The Gagging of God, 545)

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  1. March 26, 2007 at 2:26 am

    That is a great quote. I have an XM Radio, and the Christian talk channel has a few decent shows but the bulk of the programs are about Christian finance, Christian health, Christian sports, everything except Christ. With the doctrinal wasteland that people encounter in Christian bookstores and on Christian radio, it is no wonder we are raising up a generation of Biblically ignorant church members.

  2. Chad
    March 26, 2007 at 2:37 am

    I agree with everthing you said. It is interesting that in Carson’s book he spends the middle bulk of the book setting forth redemptive-history. In other words, he is wanting us to see that a proper response to anything (in his case Pluralism and Postmodernism) must start and end with a biblical-theological perspective. You’re exactly right that people in our churches are failing at properly “reading” their Bibles. I touched on this idea on previous post: What Does It Mean to Preach Biblically.

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