AXIOMS OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

Question: What are the axioms of Biblical interpretation?

 

Answer: An axiom is defined as a statement or proposition that is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true. Some synonyms for the word axiom are principle, maxim, etc. Many Bible scholars have identified seven axioms of Biblical interpretation. These axioms are as follows: An interpretation of a Scripture or a doctrine to be true must be (1) harmonious with itself; (2) with every Bible passage; (3) with every Bible doctrine; (4) with God’s Character; (5) with the Ransom; (6) with facts; and (7) with the designs of the Bible, that is, it must glorify God as Supreme, honor Christ as the Executive and Mouthpiece of God, and contribute to the outworking of God’s Plan for the Church and the world.

 

If any interpretation or doctrine is in harmony with all these seven axioms, it gives us prima facie evidence of being true; but if it in any way impinges against any one of these axioms, it gives us prima facie evidence of being false.

 

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