Church leaders are urging Adventists around the world to read or reread the Ellen White classic, The Great Controversy. Cindy Tutsch has advice this week on how to deal with confusing passages in this book or others by the church co-founder.
Every student of the writings of Ellen White will occasionally come across some perplexing passages. The way we deal with these situations may eventually make the vital difference between a life of faith and a life of doubt. Let’s take a look at six simple but important steps dealing with difficult text.
1. Always start with prayer and keep and open mind. Many are brought into turmoil by preconceived ideas.
2. Remember that there is a vast amount of information indicating that Ellen White was indeed a prophet. Losing sight of this in favor of a single supposed difficulty is quite short sighted.
3. If you have heard someone quote something that Ellen White supposedly said, make sure she really did say it. Many frequently quoted statements are actually apocryphal.
4. Make sure to read the statement in its context and take a look at the historical circumstances. Many perplexities vanish easily once the big picture is clear.
5. If this doesn’t solve your problems, visit our website at http://drc.whiteestate.org We have collected thousands of answers to questions like yours over the decades, chances are that somebody else already discovered what you did.
6. If all the previous steps didn’t solve your problem, feel free to write us at the White Estate. We’ll do our best to answer your questions.
These are six very important steps in dealing with difficult passages.