The Christian Bible is the basis for over 25,000 organized interpretations all made
in the name of Christianity. None are more wrong than another nor more right than
I believe Bible passages are interpreted in four major categories:
Physical: Literal into action
Mental: Literal into thought
Spiritual: Literal into metaphysical (example parable)
Ethereal: Personal relationship
I have been taught and studied in religion, and religions all four interpretations
beginning as a youngster in Sunday school, continuing through confirmation, church,
college, books, and classes. Each was correct at the time. As life changes so does
what is seen.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child,
I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
Passages of the Christian Bible are presented here using the four modes of interpretation,
Physical, Mental, Spiritual and Ethereal. Care is taken not to mix the interpretation
categories within the passage. Mixing interpretive categories when referring to
God’s message only confuses the reader and does not allow for understanding.
“I can only understand based on my own perception. My perception is based upon my
belief. Even though I have knowledge I only accept that which I perceive. Therefore,
what I see (perception) is the key to who I am. Changing the way I “see”, changes
who I am.” Ronald
O. Masters II
One of my life’s bonuses is the Big Sky Retreat, in Big Sky Montana. It is a spirit
filled retreat without a religion base. All faiths are welcome. “At the Retreat
you spend almost a week, over the labor Day weekend, with globally respected teachers,
in the wonderful environment of incomparable personal renewal and spiritual growth.
You will be thrilled by the music and get caught up in the humor that lightens every
day of this remarkable event. It is truly a profound experience.”
This was paraphrased from the Big Sky Retreat brochure because I could not have expressed
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