Sometime in the 1980’s decade the Rubik’s Cube became incredibly popular. As a Jr. High school student I eventually got one and quickly went to scrambling the colors and then trying to solve the puzzle.
There were endless hours of working on this cube make every effort to getting every side exactly perfect. It would take a genius to solve the puzzle without instruction or help. I was no genius. I was smart enough to get one side a perfect solid color but that was no big deal. There were countless thousands of others who could accomplish that task.
Before a friend of mine shared his book with him, I had a way of tricking everyone into thinking I had solved the puzzle. I would pull a corner piece off and then proceed to take every other part of the puzzle apart till all the pieces of the puzzle were off. Then carefully find the proper colors and piece it all back together.
Obviously that is one way to solve the Rubik’s Cube, but that is not the proper way to solve it. It was later that I learned the proper way to twist and turn and line up the cubes until it was perfectly uniform.
The hard core Church of Christ practices what I call “Rubik’s Cube Interpretation.” This type of interpretation will tear thoughts, sentences of phrases out of context to justify a position. To better define this let me give some examples. In this post I will provide one example and then later posts will provide more.
One of the most identifying marks of the Church of Christ is their non-use of musical instruments. They justify the lack of example in the New Testament for their use and go further to use Colossians 3:16 and Ephesians 5:19 as strictly forbidding them. Some will take it a step further and say that this also excludes, humming, hand clapping or anything that does NOT come for literal singing a lyric.
This is pulling a sentence and phrase out of context. Neither of these two passages concern a “worship service”. Worship service, would be a foreign phrase among these Chrstiains. Paul, who through the Holy Spirit wrote BOTH passages, was talking about how to conduct the Christian day to day life. These passages have NOTHING to do with what type of music is permitted during the assembling of the saints.
There is a lie that needs to be addressed concerning the silence in the Bible in regards to instrumental music. One does not need to go to the Psalms but rather can remain in the New Testament to show that instrumental music is proper in praising God.
The book of Revelation gives us a peek into heaven. It is interesting to note that 5:8, 14:2-3 & 15:2 are all examples of how God is praised and in each of them singing and harps are involved. This is NOT figurative, but rather literal instruments used in praising God.
So one can see that God accepted and approved instruments in praising Him throughout the Bible. With the sure to come argument that there is lack of evidence to support instrumental music I would counter with there was NO evidence that dancing before the Lord was an acceptable praise to Him. Yet David did it (2 Samuel 6:14) and it was approved.
As more examples are presented of this “Rubik’s Cube Interpretation” it will be more clear and evident of the thought being presented here. One can NOT pull a phrase, sentence or verse out of context to prove their point. It is cheating and not the proper way to interpret Scripture.