The fundamental way of reading the Bible claims that by our own reason and personal examination, we are able to accept certain fundamental truths, which save us from eternal separation from God. The fundamental way of reading the Bible focuses on what we must believe to save ourselves, instead of focusing on the saving power of God's voice as it breaks into our lives with the Savior’s gift of salvation.
The liberal way of reading the Bible claims that by adopting a Biblical social ethic that God expects of us (i.e. humility and justice), we can make the world a better place. The liberal way of reading the Bible focuses on how we are to act, instead of focusing on the saving power of God’s voice as it breaks into our lives with the Savior’s gift of salvation.
Both the fundamental and liberal ways of reading the Bible are based upon Greek philosophy, which has significantly shaped Western civilization. Greek philosophy seeks to identify certain truths, which shape our thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors. In contrast, the Judeo-Christian way of understanding a Biblical text is based upon Hebrew thought, which is quite different from Greek thought. Hebrew thought is based upon the ancient understanding that God’s voice alone has the power to transform us and the world.
Why is it so important for a Christian to know Hebrew thought?