The Berean Expositor
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The Bible.
The study of the Bible
(An extract from a book entitled: "The Study of the Bible",
published 1862. Author unnamed.)
"Why is it that Christian people read the Bible so differently?"
p. 80
"In searching for an answer we have been led to conclude that the true explanation
will be found in that prevailing neglect of the Bible as a whole, which arises from its
being always read in mere fragments; in the forgetfulness of the particular purpose for
which the Book was given; in confusions regarding its inspiration; in errors relating to
the Holy Spirit; in the confounding of revealed facts with human inferences; in bias of
one kind or other; in reading either for `edification' or for kindling of devout feeling,
without first ascertaining the meaning of that which is read;  in the habit of
accommodating Scripture, or of perverting it, by exaggeration, projection, or other
misapplication of texts; in allegorizing, under the influence of unbridled fancy; in the
abuse of parallel passages and references, in the darkening of the sense which is
frequently occasioned by the injudicious division into chapters and verses;  in the
acceptance of interpretations drawn from Hymns; in the neglect and consequent abuse of
unfulfilled prophecy; in inattention to the character of the particular dispensation under
which we are living; in errors as to church authority, and the value of tradition; in undue
reliance on the professional labours of the clergy; in turning helps into hindrances; and
above all, in habitual indifference to the demand Scripture makes on every man for
prolonged study, as an essential pre-requisite to the elevation by its means of moral