The doctrines of Men

. . . so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. (Ephesians 4:14)

Doctrine, in this sense (greek work used in eph 4:14: didaskalias), is contextualized with the rules of men (Matt. 15:9), the commandments of men (Makr 7:7), the trickery of men (eph. 4:14), and teachers after their own lust (the opposite of following sound doctrine - 2 Tim. 4:3).

So in effect, being tossed to and fro by didaskalias means to be swayed by the rules people make up and pass off as ultimate truth, or even colonial versions of the gospel - one such gospel being the middle class North American gospel which ignores the poor and oppressed while celebrating American manifest destiny.

These are things that accompany scripture, are added to scripture, and become heavy burdens of religion based on hermeneutics that effectively ignore multiple levels of meaning in the scriptures in favor of the surface meaning, which explicitly hinges on the perfection or imperfections of bible translation.


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