To the Point . . .
Taking the High View
High suggests higher than something else (implicitly: better!). Those who use it usually attribute it to themselves, in contrast to someone else. A "high view" is an approach to interpreting Scripture--one that takes the words of the text as literally and naturally as when reading the newspaper, accepting their normal everyday meaning unless there are clear figures of speech or common idiom.
"Taken at face value", the letter writer goes on, "the Bible can be used to support many arguments." What is "face-value"? Isn't "face-value" what people normally accept as the self-evident worth of a bill as it is used in everyday commerce? Isn't it just taking it for what it says, seriously, trustingly, and compliantly? Yes, fit a specific passage in Scripture with other known revelation, read in context, be alert to the cultural setting, but recognize that principles do not change. Sin is sin because God hates it, because it rejects Him and His rule. He is the same, in any age, in any culture, in any testament. "High" wants to believe Scripture means what it says and it means us, now!
What about the authenticity of the text itself? Are all writers to be trusted equally? Are all verses equally authoritative, or binding? Is the New Testament "higher" than the Old? Is Paul to be trusted over James? Is the King James to be trusted over "The Message"? Some time ago, I went to purchase a new Bible (capitalized = "high view"). I asked to see a Non-Red Letter edition. It was hard to find! I despise "Red Letter" for two reasons:
Del Sauder, Lancaster, PA
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