Postmodern Prophet -

Meaning and Significance

What a text means is separate from “what a text means to me”.

A text means what the author meant to convey. Sometimes that is easy to determine, but often it is difficult, especially with old texts like the Bible. Whether easy or difficult, we cannot move on to anywhere until we take the time to determine what the author meant to say. A text cannot mean what it never meant.

Once we arrive at the meaning, now we are free to explore the significance of the meaning. How does it hit me? What am I required to do? What shall i change?

If you jump to significance before you understand meaning, your significance is probably wrong. Don’t live your life based on wrong meanings.