Christianity is filled with men and women whose teachings and beliefs contradict each other. Why all the foggy thinking?
Not all versions of the faith and practice can be right. But proponents of each variation claim the stamp of divine approval. But what does scripture say?
II Peter 2:  knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (ESV)
No prophetic (spiritual) writings originated from the human mind. Therefore the writings are not subject to "someone's own" interpretation. The Greek word for "someone's own" is Strong's #2398, 'ideos'. We get the word idiot from this word. It means pertaining to one's self or individual thinking. No scripture is a human explanation of reality or truth. All Scripture is God's communication of reality and truth. It is not subject to human thinking and guessing. The origins of scripture, as God's Words, should make all Christians suspicious of so-called personal interpretations which sound like human thinking … especially if they are contentious with others. So how do we find the truth?
English versions say Scripture originated by writers being "moved by the holy ghost". This alone, should tell the reader that God is in charge of what is written. If that is so, then God should be in charge of how it is understood also. Another passage attests to the same thought:
II Timothy 4  All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,  that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (ESV)
"Breathed out by God" is the same thing as "moved by the holy ghost". In Hebrew thinking, the breath of God is His Words; the two are inseparable. Man lives by these living Words (Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4). God is in charge of the content of His Words and how and when they were delivered. Therefore, humans need to understand His message as He intended it, to whom He delivered it and when He spoke it. This is not subject to what human re-interpretation. But, in Jewish rabbinical tradition, they say once God's Words are given, they are now owned by man and are then subject to any interpretation Jewish sages wish to give it. In Christian tradition, the same attitude prevails. Learned men feel they have the right to reinterpret God's own Words, redefining for the faithful what they think God really meant and what reality really is.
This is foggy thinking, an idiot's interpretation: an outright contradiction of Scripture, practiced by Jewish sages and Christian theologians alike. It is man's ego to think he knows better than God what is the meaning of the message. Each generation rubber stamps the previous generation's personal interpretations and by this method, foggy human thinking about God's messages, has been endlessly passed on down through the centuries. The Christian faithful are long overdue to throw off this kind of rubber stamped human egocentric foolishness.
If God does not interpret His own message, then there is no interpretation. Honest men would say, "I don't know what it means", but do they do that? Very rarely! Most of the time you read men's religious writings and come away with the thought, "That's his interpretation". The reader is left with that author's personal fog in his own mind rather than the honest view, "We don't understand … ."
All biblical scholars think they do this. But is this opinion true? By the contradictions and contentions, extant among religious leaders, one can only summarize that it is not true at all. Not everyone has applied ALL the proper contexts. If they had, there would be no disagreements about the understanding of a passage. By the very existence of differing opinions, foggy thinking prevails. The wranglings of religious leaders do a major disservice to those they think they serve. Contentious views only serve to push the faithful to decide between one man's opinion versus another's opinion.
The most honest thing a believer can say about all the confusion is "I don't know". At least our spiritual wholeness and deliverance via Jesus Christ is so clear that no sincere believer errs in that. Assembling ALL the contexts that pertain to specific passage is beyond the scope of this blog entry or even a series but I can start the reader on the right track.
Abraham was called the "Friend of God" ( II Chronicles 20:7; James 2:23;). To be the friend of God, you must not be in conflict with God's view of reality and truth. Therefore, studying what Abraham understood about the make up of heavens and earth and the divine, will start you on the right track. Abraham's understanding of reality, both physical and spiritual, is the largest, most pervading context of all of Scripture. His comprehension of God and how He interacts with the earth and humankind was built into the culture and language of the ancient Hebrews. This foundation underlies all the Hebrew prophets, Jesus and his apostles. There is no change in scripture to this basic context from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 21:22.
What Abraham believed is what Moses believed. What Abraham believed, the Hebrew prophets believed and so on down the line to Jesus, his followers, the apostles, and the apostle Paul. Moses wrote in detail the love for one another and respect for Jehovah that Abraham lived. Jesus taught the heart of Moses' writings, what Abraham lived. Jesus atoning work was to make available to every follower to come after him, his understanding of Abraham's heart for God and other believers. The apostle Paul expanded on what Jesus' atoning work meant. Paul updated for his audience, the lessons in how to live the heart of Abraham made possible by Jesus Christ.
Study Abraham and you will find the great overall context that underlies all of Scripture: the correct worldview, belief structure and the heart men should have toward God and each other.