How to Find the Biblical View of...
Mike McHargue wrote, “The existence of a Bible verse that appears to support your position is the beginning of a conversation, not the end."
In an attempt at finding the Bible’s view on a subject, it’s easy, especially given current technology, to do a search of the Bible for the subject you’re looking for. Want to know about marriage? Type "marriage" into the Bible search tool of your choice and see what it has to say.
This method has serious flaws. The Bible is rarely explicit in its theology. It’s often metaphorical, or giving its message in the form of parable, poetry, or narrative. These genres don’t lend well to our attempts at finding verses to support our position.
They do, though, lend well to giving a more true and beautiful picture of reality and life with God.
In order to have a biblical view of something, you have to take the whole book into account. No one verse, or even a handful of verses are going to give you the full picture. While it's more difficult to find an answer this way, it's closer to finding truth.
You want to find the Biblical view of something? Read the Bible. Not just a couple verses, but the whole thing. Figure out the nuance, search deeper. Robust theology can rarely be captured in a verse. It’s more often found in a story. Which is exactly why the Bible was written that way.
So let’s stop treating the Bible like something it’s not. Yes, it has truth about doctrine and theology. There’s a lot of that to find. But don’t expect it to lay it out neatly, wrapped up in the bow of a chapter and verse.