How to Understand the Bible Correctly (2)

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In my previous post, we looked at what it meant to interpret Biblical passages in context. This is especially crucial owing to the fact that the Bible was not written in a vacuum. Instead, one must consider both literary and cultural contexts to fully understand its message.

In this post, we're going to see the importance of understanding Biblical words, phrases and terms as the early believers understood them. We may be tempted to "read into" the Scripture with our modern eyes. Doing so, however, opens us to the possibility of twisting God's Word to fit what we understand.

By God's grace and with the leading of the Holy Spirit, may we develop the habit of "reading from" the Scriptures lending our thoughts captive before God's.

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  1. The best way of checking an interpretation is by comparing it to other scripture passages. If God is truly the author, and not just a bunch of men, there should be no contradictions. Contradictions indicate an improper understanding.

    Many times, checking other passages clarifies the passage under consideration.

    Good post.

  2. That's true. Let Scripture interpret Scripture :)