~@ROliverLuce | 07-07-15
I am addressing the issue of understanding biblical scripture regarding what some would say in Christianity:
To say, “we have to stop spiritualizing the natural and the naturalizing the spiritual”
The above sentence is actually coming from a Roman-Greek understanding of the scriptures that the Western Church as a whole has been taught.
# First: The Roman – Greek exegesis comes from the approach / perspective of scripture only works or can be understood on one of two levels, “the literal” or “the allegorical” but never both at the same time!
# Secondly: Ancient Greek philosophers were steeped in the methods of writing with working with and on mythological texts. THIS crippled them from understanding the Hebrew mindset how the scriptures should be understood. They thought the Hebrew text would simply be 75% or so of creative imagination with a mere 25% or so about the truth!
In addition, our Roman-Greek fathers of our faith (about 325AD) put together the bible as we know it today by interpreting it from just that, a “Roman-Greek mindset” with anything Jewish being evil since the Jews did kill Yeshua but with the assistance of the Romans in Israel. Since the Jewish apostles such as John and Paul had died off that left the beginnings of the Catholic church to lead the way, in the faith. That changed everything. For anything that was Jewish was considered evil. In the understanding of the Roman-Greek mindset, the scriptures had only two levels of understanding compared to the Hebrew mindset.
To the Hebrews there were four (4) levels of understanding of the scriptures which the Hebrews recognized: (1) p’shat – direct, simple; (2) remez – hinting; (3) darash – commentary, comparison; and (4) Sod – deep, hidden, how paragraphs fit in between. Hebrew hermeneutics also require the interpreter to understand and agree with a moral standard of unbiased translation of course. To not interpret according to your biased vice (sin).
This is but a brief on how to understand the difference between how today’s modern church has been missing most of the deeper things of God and how the early church of Jewish believers knew from their BIBLE, the Tanakh with it’s Torah!
This should NOT tell us we NEVER KNEW our Lord Yeshua in a very personal way. What it does tell us we NOW KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY of God’s promises, truth, and salvation. God did say in those ancient days after His Son was killed that He would put scales on the Jews eyes until the last days even the last hour that the Jews would have their eyes open!!
The whole truth of the Gospel is being open before our very eyes EVEN with the Jew’s own scriptures! For the Jewish Bible is the bedrock to the Renewed Covenant book most westerners call the NEW TESTAMENT. [A side note, I’m realizing now that even believers worldwide do not have the fullness of God’s understanding either but a FEW. After all God is a Hebrew God!!