There are those that say that we should avoid mirror-reading the Bible, but the truth is, virtually everybody does it to some extent.
People Mirror-Read Because It Works
@@Not everyone is aware that they mirror-read when they read the Bible@@. Most people don't know what mirror-reading is (hopefully this website can help change that!), but they naturally and subconsciously mirror-read. Granted, they don't mirror-read as often as they should, but almost everyone mirror-reads certain passages that "obviously" should be mirror-read.
3 Bible Passages That Most People Mirror-Read
The Gentile/Jew Conflict in Romans
Paul goes on at great length to reconcile the Jew and the Gentiles in the Roman church. Large chunks of his epistle are devoted to tackling the false teachings that were driving a wedge between the two ethnic groups. He not only appears to be trying to integrate the Gentiles with the Jews, but also the Jews with the Gentiles. He discusses the Law, circumcision and Abraham and uses Old Testament Scriptures, metaphor and logical arguments, all in an effort to show that Jew and Gentile are the same in Christ:
For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.
The False Teachers in Galatia
Galatians is one of the most polemic books in the Bible, and for this reason, is often the subject of discussion when it comes to mirror-reading. Paul makes remarks in his letter to the Galatians that directly discuss the false teachers in that church. He has harsh words for those false teachers in Galatia:
I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
Divisions in Corinth
Paul states explicitly in the first chapter of 1st Corinthians, that there were divisions in the Church based on who they followed (e.g. Paul, Apollos, Jesus), but we can also piece together other types of divisions that had occurred based on what he says about the Lord's supper, spiritual gifts, and food sacrificed to idols. He employs the word "one" throughout the letter as a way of countering the divisions.
1 Corinthians 12:12
For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
What do you think?
The passages above are areas that most people feel comfortable mirror-reading, but I think we can mirror-read much more, in greater detail, for greater understanding. With a better methodology of mirror-reading, we can limit the risk of wild speculations. It is the purpose of this site to explore and develop such a methodology. What do you think? What other areas of the Bible are you comfortable mirror-reading?