Just Because You Love The Bible Doesn’t Mean You’re A Competent Exegete

Just as just because an elderly woman loves art, it doesn’t mean she’s competent to restore a faded masterpiece.

The woman, in her 80s, was reportedly upset at the way the fresco had deteriorated and took it on herself to “restore” the image. BBC Europe correspondent Christian Fraser says the delicate brush strokes of Elias Garcia Martinez have been buried under a haphazard splattering of paint. The once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic, he says.

What she did to the painting is what too many do to the Bible. And the Bible is far more important than a painting and yet, for some reason, dilettantes of every age and social location imagine themselves master-workers competent to render it correctly. They aren’t.

That ‘study to show yourself an approved workman’ bit in 1 Timothy… yeah, take that seriously.

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