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BIBLICAL APPLICARETICS

How To Correctly Apply The Interpretation Of The Bible

 

 

Copyright December 6, 2003 1:57 AM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

Updated March 4, 2004 4:55 PM CST

Copyright March 4, 2004 4:55 PM CST

By Dr. Michael J. Bisconti

 

 

 

What is “biblical applicaretics”?  Biblical applicaretics is the application of the science of applicaretics to the Bible.  What is the science of “applicaretics”?

 

applicaretics:  the study of the methodological principles of application of interpretation (meaning) of a text (as of a text in the Bible)

 

When one studies the Bible they apply the principles of scientific biblical hermeneutics (principles of interpretation [laws of exegesis]) to get the correct interpretation (meaning) of the biblical passage they are studying.  However, God gave us the Bible not only to understand (its interpretation [meaning]) but also to apply what we understand, to apply its interpretation (meaning).

 

Correct application is especially important when it comes to verses in the Bible that express one or more promises of God.  We need not only to understand these verses so as to know what the promises of God are.  We also need to know what the correct applications of the interpretation (meaning) of these verses are.  For example, Isaiah 54:17 says:

 

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

 

Many interpret the first part of this verse to mean that, while evil can rear its ugly head, it will never affect them.  That is the correct interpretation.  However, many make an incorrect application of this interpretation.  For example, some adopt the application that “they can walk through a minefield and they will never step on a land mine.”  Experience, unfortunately, has proven some of them wrong.  You will notice that we said “some.”  That is because for some people this was the correct application.  Stories from World War II recount men who ran through a thousand minefields and never set off a land mine!  These men had learned how to find the correct application of the interpretation (meaning) of the Bible verse!

 

 

 

BIBLICAL APPLICARETICS

Principles of Application of Interpretation of the Bible

 

Here are some of the foundational (see below) principles of scientific biblical applicaretics.  From this point on, when we use the word “application,” it will be understood that we mean “application of an interpretation (meaning).”

 

Hermeneutics Principle

 

Be sure you have the correct interpretation (meaning).

 

The correct interpretation will be obtained through the use of the principles of scientific biblical hermeneutics.

 

Sanity Principle

 

If an application is crazy, it is incorrect.

 

Now some will say that God might want us to do something crazy.  They may recount the story about Abraham being willing to sacrifice his son.  What they don’t realize is that, in Abraham’s mind, HE WAS NOT GOING TO END THE LIFE OF HIS SON.  Therefore, Abraham was not doing anything crazy and did not believe that he was doing anything crazy.

 

Control Principle

 

An application of a promise of God can only apply to things that you know that you cannot control.

 

For example, the Bible says:  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now, most people know that they are possibly able to make money.  Therefore, the application that God will give them money while they sit back in their armchair would not be correct.

 

Personal Principle

 

An application can be different for different people.

 

For example, the application of  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” for one person will include refraining from going to work because they are too weak to do so due to illness while the application for another person, who is healthy, will not include that.

 

Situation Principle

 

An application will depend on the situation.

 

For example, the application of  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” in one situation will include refraining from going to work because you are too weak to do so due to illness while in another situation the application, when you are healthy, will not include that.

 

Other Principles

 

As we have the opportunity, we will be explaining the following principles of scientific biblical applicaretics:

 

Foundational Principles

 

Hermeneutics Principle (explained above)

Sanity Principle (explained above)

Control Principle (explained above)

Personal Principle (explained above)

Situation Principle (explained above)

Unconsciousness Principle

Consciousness Principle

Manifestation Principle

Ego Principle

Hedonic Principle

Pain Principle

Intelligence Principle

Logic Principle

Confidence Principle

Certainty Principle

Conscience Principle (Superego Principle)

Instinct Principle (Id Principle)

 

Advanced Principles

 

We will add this list when we have the opportunity.

 

Extended Principles

 

We will add this list when we have the opportunity.