Examining Eisegesis Non-Academically
This shouldn’t be surprising though. I mean, on the whole, the laity of the Protestant Evangelical Church is mostly non-academic individuals who have not been taught very much at all about proper Bible study, who don’t often have a proper mentor whom they can disciple under, who attend, on the whole, large congregations that are ever increasing in size, filled with people whom they don’t actually know (yet supposedly are having fellowship, worship, and communion with), who pick up various “verse-a-day” devotionals that take a random bit of Scripture and slap a life-lesson onto it.
We then take these individuals, who barely get a half an hour’s worth of a sermon about what the Bible is saying that was gathered for them by their pastor through his or her hard work that week actually exegeting and studying the passage, and send them into a world full of hurt, broken people, some of whom are very hostile to the idea of God in the first place, and we expect them to not only interact with and engage the world in loving Christ-like manners, but we expect them to do it with perfect theology and criticize them as heretical when their perspective differs from our own on trivial theological issues.
Is there any wonder why there is such great division in the Protestant church? Is it any wonder why we have so many denominations whose differentiations only serve to further isolate ourselves from other members of the body of Christ, simply based on minor doctrinal issues?