What is the Inductive and Deductive methods of Bible Study?
When one tries to prove their point by adding their view into the context that’s eisegesis and certainly not inductive bible study, nor is it “exegesis“. I bring this point up because deductive reasoning has taken over the minds of far too many believers in their bible study methods before inductive reasoning.
Starting With a Conclusion?
The deductive method starts with the conclusion based off of an idea and proceeds to eliminate everything that doesn’t fit the idea or forces ideas onto the text essentially becoming eisegesis rather than exegesis.
Let me illustrate the Deductive Method: starting with the conclusion: all mankind is spiritually dead, therefore, dead people can’t respond to spiritual things period!! The belief in the complete depravity of man is correct. They now proceed to eliminate everything that doesn’t fit their idea, leading them to force conclusions on to the biblical text. This reasoning leads them to believe that we do not possess the capacity to understand nor receive any part of the gospel. They follow the same line of reasoning when it comes to the finished work of Christ.
Think about this, have you been suckered into believing that a deductive method of reasoning/bible study should take the primary position over the Inductive method.
Ending With a Conclusion.
In contrast the inductive method starts by gathering everything that said about a subject in its context, then exegesis performed on all the evidence. Only then can a conclusion be shaped to formulate a theology. You may or not know that Theology was once called the queen of science. That is no longer true as a result of the deductive method of reasoning getting a stronghold in our bible colleges and seminaries.