Editorial Standards

Just as this site allows and promotes discourse and contribution through public comments, we want to be transparent in our editorial approach and standard. This comes down to three aspects: our philosophy and mission that feeds the question planning (draft), the actual question publishing, and a separate and purely editorial section.

Our Philosophy and Mission

In our experience, we have rarely come across anyone that is promoting an interpretation of God’s word that does not enthusiastically claim, ‘SOLA SCRIPTURA!’ And to this we add a hearty, “Amen!”

Regrettably, we have frequently found the practice of this principle falling short in the willingness to consider all that scripture has to say on a matter. So much so, we have coined this ‘Scripture Weighting’.

Too often, advocates of sola scriptura only adopt certain passages, or just single passages. Hence, our broader motto of “any, only, all” Scripture — our motto and practice in answering Bible questions on this site and supported biblically in the true meaning of Scripture interpreting Scripture.

  • Provide answers to Bible questions that are literally built on Scripture by gathering any, only, all that God says about a Bible question.

  • Emphasize the process that leads to the Bible answer by building the answer on ‘Scripture-blocks‘ (using the Bible Study Framework), giving the full context of what God says about it…and not going beyond the full context.
  • Be transparent in our journey to a Bible answer, allowing anyone to comment publicly. Contribute what you have understood through your own Bible study or offer dissent. We don’t hold the “right answer,” we only seek to have God’s word divulge it.

Question publishing

A question remains in “draft” state (unpublished and not available publically) until we believe enough scripture-blocks have been assembled to comprehensively answer the question from God’s word. Of course, this is arbitrary on our part. We want to feel that we have at least gotten to at least 90-95% coverage of all Scripture that might answer the question.

published

Enough scripture-blocks have been provided to adequately and sufficiently answer the question with no outstanding contrary passages

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This leads to our best practices which form the basis for how and when questions are published:

  • Public Comment: Enabling anyone to contribute with a passage that might help to further shape the Bible-based answer.
  • The Minimum Requirement: Enough scripture-blocks to adequately and sufficiently answer the question without any known contradictory passages.
  • Overload: There are some questions that could contain dozens and dozens of scripture-blocks in support.  A good example is the question, “Does man have free will?” In these cases, we want to try to limit to the best 15-20 scripture-blocks or try to re-focus the question more narrowly.

After some deliberation, we have added an area for ‘other’ materials – a separate editorial section – that might support Bible study efforts and the core functions/mission of the site. Anything posted here is ascribed to the author and made clear it is their thoughts, not God’s.

Where appropriate, and as often as possible, these “editorials” will include references to related scripture-blocks. Additionally, they will link to or provide additional and deeper study resources for specific questions on the site.