The Echo of Our Own Voice

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The student of the Bible must study the Bible honestly. This is to say, he must go to the Bible to find and to seek the truth, and not to prove a case about which he has already made up his mind. It is common – it is almost usual – for people to use the Bible as an arsenal of proof texts to prove things about which they have already made up their minds. A man can use the Bible to find in it what he wants to find. He can use it to hear the echo of his own voice rather than the sound of the voice of God.

William Tyndale once said that the students who were taught by the priests and the monks came to the Bible “armed with false principles, with which they are clean shut out of the understanding of Scripture.”

William BarclayWilliam Barclay (1907-1978)
Introducing the Bible (1972), page 93
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