People spend a lot of time consuming and posting content on social media, trying to retweet the best snippet or upload the perfect image to Instagram. Social media gives us easier access to others and vice versa, therefore, it is the largest battleground of beliefs ever known. Everything we do, say, or consume reflects something that we believe and those beliefs are constantly challenged by the beliefs of others.
For us at Adopted Thinking, the important question to ask is not if we believe, but what we believe about God, ourselves, and the world? We believe in the life and ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and because of that belief we learn and see things from a new perspective. For us, scripture has become our ultimate source of authority and the lens in which we view all of life. It is our hope that through the sharing of simple insights on scripture, prayers, and artistic praise, we can offer a standard of truth in an age where truth has long been forgotten.
We begin with God’s word. It is the foundation and paradigm for everything we write. We believe the bible to be more than just a sacred text or good moralistic writings, rather it is the very word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 states, “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” We desire to be complete and equipped, and we desire the same for you, so we turn to the scripture for truth and wisdom. Also, we believe that God can be trusted; therefore, what he says and what he has given us in the bible can be trusted too.
So the question becomes, what is our process of reading God’s word and creating a blog post? The technical process of interpreting scripture is called biblical hermeneutics. Basically, we try to read scripture without forcing our ideas upon it. Hermeneutics is a complicated topic, so if you want to know more, please follow this link. We will let the educated individuals explain it in detail.
In general, we will focus on a theme or a key word and write upon that train of thought. Consider, for example, the well known bible verse John 3:16. We may focus on the concept of God’s love, its characteristics, and its distinctions from human love. Our goal is for readers to engage their hearts and minds with the topic, think deeply about its implications; therefore, our method is not intended to be a complete exegesis of a passage or verse.
For our artistic expressions and poems we may write things that will focus on a key idea, personal struggle, or experienced truth much like the Psalms do. We know that a living faith in Christ is not easy—there are many tribulations and powerful emotions along the way. We want to acknowledge those tribulations and emotions while reconciling them with God’s character and his word. In other words, we want to encourage human expression and provoke an emotional response, yet understand that our experiences and emotions do not give us a license to neglect the truth of scripture.
At the end of the day the Bible stands above any human opinion or experience, so we turn to it as our authoritative resource.
First off, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our blog and read about us. We know it is difficult to determine how to spend your time and attention on a daily basis. Our blog may be just another voice amidst a myriad of others, yet we pray it would leave an impression upon your heart and mind.
Whether you are a follower of Jesus Christ and believe the Bible is true and authoritative or you are a skeptic or you fall somewhere in between, we encourage you to read and think deeply about the content of this blog. Please further the discussion by emailing us any questions or constructive comments related to our posts. Please suggest new topics that we have not touched yet. We would love to talk more with you.