On Bible Studies

The following is a list of logic principals to be used to solve any debate. 

  • Negative hypothesis You can't prove a negative supposition. e.g. You prove Noah's ark exists by finding it, but just because no one has found it does not mean it does not exist.
  • Fallacy of reputation If that preacher said it, it must be right.
  • Fallacy of negative reputation If that preacher said it, it must be wrong.
    Everyone is right or wrong sometimes.
  • Euhemerism All myths are connected.
  • Non Sequitur Does not follow.
  • Law of the Excluded Middle There is always middle ground between opposite points. e.g. Luther was not Calvinist or Armenian.
  • Law of Contradiction 'a' can't be both 'a' and 'not a' at the same time.
  • Irrelevant conclusion Replacing the conclusion with another closely related to it.
  • Assuming the point  e.g. I shouldn't do it because it is immoral. How do you know is immoral? I know it is immoral because I shouldn't do it.
  • Fallacy of genesis Dubious origin so must be bad. e.g.. Easter and Christmas
  • Fallacy of correlation Assuming a cause and effect relationship (It happened right after so…) e.g. Tower of Siloam
  • Fallacy of composition True for the whole, true for the part. (Isaiah 3 yrs; Samson Jg. 14:4)
  • Fallacy of accident If true under special circumstances then true all the time. e.g Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5
  • Fallacy of connotation The word has secondary meaning. (void & without form)
  • Fallacy of root word Derivative word has same meaning as the root. (good wine)
  • Fallacy of silence Absence of facts. The Bible doesn't say, so it must be.... Or if no one proves it, it must be.... Or if no one disproves it, it must be right/wrong. (tongues)
  • Hermeneutical Rules

    Below is a list of rules to help you interpret the Bible properly.

    1. The New Testament supersedes the Old Testament. e.g. sacrifices
    2. If something was OK under the Mosaic Law and the NT says nothing about it, then it must be OK in the age of grace. e.g musical instruments
    3. If something was forbidden under the OT and the NT says nothing about it, then you can’t say people must do it.  e.g. remarrying first spouse after a second divorce
    4. Just because something predates the Law of Moses doesn't mean it is a moral law. e.g. circumcision
    5. It is up to the person trying to prove a new interpretation of Scripture to find evidence, not the person defending the current interpretation.
    6. If the background of the person trying to prove a point is contrary to that point, his arguments carry more weight. e.g. A Pentecostal trying to disprove tongues.
    7. No Scripture contradicts another Scripture.
    8. Each Scripture has only one interpretation.
    9. If we are looking at a promise, is it personal, temporary or eternal, universal, or conditional?
    10. Could the teaching apply to that culture and not to us today? e.g. the head coverings of 1 Cor. 11
    11. Ignore chapter and verse divisions.
    12. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!

    Types, allegories

    Study questions:
    If prophesies have multiple fulfillment’s how can each Scripture only have one interpretation?

  Date: 5-1995