Sunday, September 18, 2011

2 Peter 1:20-21

"First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

I am curious to see how Protestants reconcile this passage with Sola Scriptura.


  1. Mainly, we don't interpret prophecy. We'll agree about something after it's already happened, but for the ones that haven't, we kinda go "eh, this is what it might mean, but only God knows".

  2. Anon: Many Protestants do hold to interpretations of prophecy (eg. the rapture) but admittedly, they do not considers those interpretations to be infallible. However, this passage also speaks to inspiration of the Holy Spirit and seems to imply an inspired interpreter as well as an inspired writer of prophesies.

  3. Dude the protestants usually have as many different interpretations as there are denominations,..

  4. Patrick, While this is sort of off the subject, I just listenned to a talk by Stephen Ray on Abraham that talks about what the Bible actually says about if Abraham was saved by faith or works that shows the huge weakness of sola scriptura for interpreting the Bible let alone prophecy.
    As for what anonymous said, my experience with Protestants & prophecy is just the opposite. & in fact some, like Tim LaHaye, most pre-millenialists (or Jack Chick for that matter) would say, without using the actual word infallible) that their interpretation is the right one & that you must agree with them.