I'm in the midst of doing my review posts for the new testament. My original plan was to simply do those every day, but it turns out they take a long time to write and I need a little breathing room, so today I want to quickly talk about something that came up in the comments of my recent post about women. TWF mentioned something he calls the one verse test, basically, if you are making an argument that a particular position is supported biblically, find the verse that supports your position the most and remove it from the discussion. If you can still support your argument biblically then great, but if your argument falls apart then this shows how weak it really is.
Things that seem to be important to the authors of the bible are said over and over. A great example of this is that the apocalypse is right around the corner, I found 17 different verses that forward this idea so this argument is quite strong. On the other hand, I have only found one verse (Luke 20:35) that supports the idea that married people are not eligible for resurrection, so my case for this argument is much weaker.
A nice thing about this idea is that if you only have one verse supporting your argument, you are very vulnerable to translation issues, or even things being manipulated (either intentionally or accidentally) by the early church. And there is even the possibility that you are simply misreading something or misunderstanding what is really written in the book. But the more verses you have supporting the argument, the less chance there is for these types of mistakes. It's much more likely that there was such an error in one verse compared to 17 separate verses.