Prior impressions about the word Hermeneutics
Although most Christians are generally afraid of big, catch-all terms, which I understand, yet I find them necessary when talking about ideas and concepts that if we must always define it will waste a lot of time in our discussions, therefore calling it ‘Justification’ or ‘Incarnation’ means those in the know automatically can ascertain what the topic is about without always having to flesh out or define it. This however does not mean that from time to time we should not have to explain what we mean when we use such terms.
Hermeneutics, alongside Exegesis and other academic Theological terms are words that I have come across before somewhere or another but only studying it in depth for the very first time.
If the word is understood to simply be the process of interpretation of the text or Interpretive method or process then it should follow that it is something all Christians engage in whether or not they are aware of the somewhat academic term of what they do almost daily. This not only happens in the context of Christian life but also in everyday situations where written communication takes place – Text messages, email, flat-pack assembly instructions, ready-made cake mix instructions, Mobile phone contract terms and conditions, Kitchen cleaning product warnings e.t.c.
To improperly engage in Hermeneutics is then tantamount to pouring bleach into a Betty Crocker cake mix or to conclude that the knocking of Revelation 3 can also be seen as the appeal of Jesus Christ to the unregenerate sinner.