In today's world, we have many options to choose from when it comes to reading and interpreting the Scriptures. With so many translations, it's easy to get lost in the nuances and miss the real meaning behind the message. This is why understanding the original definitions is so important. In this Sermon, we'll explore why breaking down each Scripture to its original meaning is crucial in gaining a deeper understanding of the text. We'll also discuss how this understanding can help us in our Spiritual journey by examining a common problem many people face today: Narcissism.
When we translate a Sripture from its original language, we risk losing some of its intended nuances. Even though translators do their best to capture the essence of the message, it's impossible to convey all of the underlying meanings in one language. For example, the word "love" in English has a vastly different meaning than the Greek word "agape." This is why it's essential to refer to a Scripture's original language and definition to gain a more accurate understanding of its message.
Furthermore, breaking down Scripture to its original definition can offer us a more profound and intimate connection with it. When we take the time to dig deeper into the true meaning of the words, we can apply this knowledge to our daily lives. For example, when we examine the original definition of "love" in 1 Corinthians 13, we see that it's more than a feeling. It's a choice and an action that requires patience and kindness. This understanding can help us make a more conscious effort to practice love in all areas of our lives.
Narcissism is a common problem that many people face today. It's a personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and a constant need for admiration. A Narcissistic person can struggle with humility and often finds it challenging to repent and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. By breaking down the Scriptures to their original definitions, we can see how Narcissism robs us of the humility we need to repent. For example, the term "repent" in Matthew 4:17 means to "change one's mind and purpose." It requires humility because we must recognize that we are imperfect and need God's help to change.
It's also important to note that understanding the original definition of Scripture involves studying the cultural context of the time. Many words and phrases have different meanings depending on the cultural and historical context. For instance, the term "to give the other cheek" in Matthew 5:39 has a different meaning in Jewish culture than in Western culture. In Jewish culture, it means to invite your opponent to strike you with an open hand, which was a way to challenge them to "hit you as an equal." This understanding shifts our perspective on this passage and helps us interpret it more accurately.
In conclusion, understanding the original definitions of the Scriptures is essential to gaining a deeper understanding of the text's message. Looking at the nuances of the language and diving into the cultural context can help us gain a more profound and intimate connection with the Scripture. This understanding can help us make more conscious efforts to practice the teachings of Jesus in our daily lives.
Moreover, recognizing how Narcissism can rob us of the humility we need to repent can help us overcome this common issue and turn to Jesus with an open heart. By correctly studying and interpreting the Scriptures, we can receive God's word in its most accurate form and allow it to guide us on our Spiritual journey.