|On Bible Studies
The following is a list of logic principals to be used to solve any
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
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
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
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
½ 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 &
Fallacy of root word Derivative word has same meaning as the root.
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
Below is a list of rules to help you interpret the Bible properly.
- The New Testament supersedes the Old Testament. e.g.
- 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
- If something was forbidden under the OT and the NT says nothing about it, then you
cant say people must do it. e.g. remarrying first spouse after a second divorce
- Just because something predates the Law of Moses doesn't mean it is a moral law. e.g.
- It is up to the person trying to prove a new interpretation of
Scripture to find
evidence, not the person defending the current interpretation.
- 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.
- No Scripture contradicts another Scripture.
- Each Scripture has only one interpretation.
- If we are looking at a promise, is it personal, temporary or eternal, universal, or
- Could the teaching apply to that culture and not to us today? e.g.
the head coverings of
1 Cor. 11
- Ignore chapter and verse divisions.
- Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence!
If prophesies have multiple fulfillments how can each Scripture only have