Saturday, September 13, 2008

Keep On Reading and Do Not Understand

Yes! Yes! Yes!
It should first be noted that when we say things like, "The Word of God is clear" or "Scripture is clear" or "The doctrines of Holy Scripture are clear," we are not speaking in plain and simple terms. When we say that Scripture is "clear" we are employing a fairly deeply ingrained metaphor from within the English language. This metaphor is so deep that it seems to sometimes slip nto the realm of plain or literal speech. However, in the same way that saying "Things are looking up" is a metaphorical statement, so to is "The Word of God is clear." In a technical sense, the Bible is not clear and neither is the teaching of Scripture. "Clear" is more of a scientific term we use to describe how much light can pass through an object. [source]

4 comments:

The Dane said...

Not actually true. Clear used in this sense is not metaphor because definitionally, the term means "free from obscurity or ambiguity; easily understood; unmistakable" (among other things). It may be in its early usage that clear came to mean "free from ambiguity" due to the commonality of the metaphor, but it's long-since passed from mere metaphor.

Scott Schultz said...

I think your "it's long-since passed from mere metaphor" is his "fairly deeply ingrained".

Sarah said...

I always feel stupid when I read your blog, so I may be off-base...

...but, no matter what you "call" it, scripture IS clear/obvious/blatant/forthright about many things... are you debating that?

Scott Schultz said...

No, I'm not debating that. I just liked the point that the statement "Scripture is clear" is not as self-evident as some people would like it to be.