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The Holy Spirit: God's Interpreter

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The Holy Spirit: God's Interpreter by Christopher D. Hudson The Holy Spirit takes the words of the Bible and translates them in a personal way Why do some people consider the Bible intimidating or hard to understand? What do you do when you read something you don’t understand in the Bible? What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. — 1 Corinthians 2:12 Are you comfortable with the Bible? Many people aren’t. Some are intimidated by its size. Others get lost in all the old traditions and strange stories. Still others have a hard time understanding the actual words — even in modern translations. Because the Bible is not like any other book ever written, some people have a hard time getting into it. God understands the limits of our human minds. He should — He created them. And He really wants us to understand what is in His Word. So He sends His Holy Spirit to act as an interpreter for us. The Holy Spirit takes the words of the Bible and translates them in a personal way so that we understand not only what they mean but also how we can use them in our lives. The secret to understanding Scripture is to pray before and after you read it. Before you start to read, ask the Holy Spirit to clear your mind of any distractions. Ask Him to help you focus on the words in front of you. After you read, ask Him to help you find ways to use what you read in your daily life. Prayer Dear God, thank You for giving us Your Holy Spirit to help us understand Your Word. Give us the wisdom to understand Scripture and use it in our daily lives. Amen.

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1 Sara Di Diego = "Christopher D. Hudson is known for his devotionals that he writes for every demographic, such as Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers. "
2 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Imagine if you will, that I decided to interpret the Constitution how I wanted to because "it spoke to me" or I decided to run a red light because in my mind, red meant that I didn't need to stop. I never understood how someone can read the Bible and interpret it however they want, when for thousands of years, there had already been a proper way of translation and interpretation which has been passed down from the same people that wrote the Bible [The Jewish people] which predates Christianity by over 1,000 years and Islam by 2,000 years. To arbitrarily decide that "the Holy Spirit" is guiding me in a way which is different than the other millions of people, to me at least, makes no sense. Would not the "Holy Spirit" guide every Christian down the same path? The only logical conclusion is that the Holy Spirit does not actually speak to Christians, however it is the internal voice, or conscious of each individual that guides them which they wrongly attribute to be the spirit of God at work.Since God does not make mistakes, it is impossible for Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Unitarians, Baptists, Evangelicals, Protestants, Greek Orthodox, Catholics, et. al. to claim the same Holy Spirit is guiding them, especially when some doctrines clearly contradict each-other. As an outsider, the claim appears preposterous and is easily debunked by the thousands of different denominations all claiming direction from the Holy Spirit. This feeling of emotion is used to ignore clear doctrine which contradicts certain pre-conceived beliefs. Using the "Holy Spirit" one can claim anything they wish and attribute it to God's guidance. I feel this is dangerous and has caused much disunity in religion, and specifically Christianity."