Book Review: The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word is Misunderstood

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

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The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God’s Word is Misunderstood By Eric J. Bargerhuff

Published by Bethanny House 2012

“Are you Sure you know what your favorite Bible verses mean?”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”–Philippians 4:13
“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'”–Jeremiah 29:11
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good.”–Romans 8:28

These and a surprising number of well-known Scripture passages are commonly misused or misunderstood. Even well-intentioned Christians take important verses out of context, and pastor Eric J. Bargerhuff has seen the effects: confusion, poor decisions, and a distorted view of God’s Word.

In this concise yet thorough book, Bargerhuff helps all of us understand what these verses meant when they were written so we can apply them accurately today. Providing fascinating historical and scriptural insights, he shows how to read God’s promises and instructions in context and appreciate even more the Bible’s eternal message.” – Excerpt from backcover

It seems today all a person has to do is to open a web browser or take a walk down a city street to see and hear how scripture is being wrongly used. We hear one line out of an entire passage used to condemn a group of people. What happened to the uplifting gospel message? What happened to not judging?

Bargerhuff challenges us to take a look at some of the most common pieces of scripture that have been taken out of context and used in ways that are unfaithful to the full meaning of the text.

At first I was skeptical of Bargerhuff’s book, I had expected the most misused verses to consist mostly of the Apostle Paul’s writings, and for the author to take either a leftwing or rightwing approach to understanding scripture. I was surprised. Bargerhuff has a neutral approach, his own theological bent is mostly out of the equation, as he describes how the scripture has been misused and what the text actually means. I was surprised a second time by the choices Bargerhuff made in the most misused verses. I found myself at one point surprised in how I have misused scripture in the past.

The book is short but concise. Bargerhuff just doesn’t have the space to discuss every scripture verses, but he does fully explore each verse he has chosen. I feel there is a good balance between first testament and second testament verses. This is the first book for Bargerhuff, I would like to read more works by this author.

I would recommend this book to the Bible Trivia Buff rather than the Bible Scholar.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

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