I have been drawn to this site because of the academic knowledge represented here. This site is not afraid to handle difficult questions that often get glossed over or tossed aside unanswered in the general public. This site gives in depth consideration to the text, context, language, historical background etc.--things that I love to explore. I thought however, this would be a community that would work together to endeavor to ascertain what the truth is about the text. I have been disappointed to discover that the goal here is not necessarily to discover truth.
I have been trained to humbly approach the Bible asking:
What does it say?
What does it mean?
What difference does it make?
I have found that the Bible is alive and it makes me come alive: I love to share it with others and watch them come alive. Thus I merely endeavor to discern the truth of what the passage says and means, so that it can be received in faith and bring life.
After much thought, I realize, that often, when I come in here I am actually looking for an Inductive Bible Study forum. I see too that there is no Inductive Bible study Stack Exchange. (If anyone knows of one please let me know).
With that, I realized that many of my answers here would actually be considered personal research. My answers mostly reflect personal observations and conclusions based on those observations.
My question is: Would you like me to remove/delete my answers because they are mostly personal research. Or would the site consider opening up to Inductive Study answers so long as they show their work and are well thought out?