The Bible can be an intimidating book. In fact, the Bible is made up of 66 books within one big book. Some of the books of the Bible are straight history, some are prophecy, and some are poetry. The prophecy and poetry portions of the Bible are filled with symbolism and analogy. So how do you keep it all straight? Here are a couple of pro tips for you.
Begin with what’s clear. Since we believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, we also believe it contains no errors. We believe it can’t and won’t contradict itself. So if you run into a passage of scripture that you’re having a difficult time understanding, look for other passages that talk about the same thing. Find a passage that addresses the same subject matter in a clear way, and form your understanding from there. Since the Bible doesn’t contradict itself, it can’t say something in a confusing passage that doesn’t line up with what it said in the passage that was clear. When reading the Bible, always move from what is clear to what is unclear. It’s a great place to start.
Don’t be afraid to ask. There is no shame in being confused when you read the Bible. Scholars who have spent their entire lives studying the Word of God disagree on many points of theology to this day. So the truth of the matter is this: If you don’t have any questions, you aren’t actually reading the Bible. I promise you this: If you call your minister and ask them to talk with you about the Bible, they won’t find that silly. It will probably be one of their favorite calls of the week.
What are your tips for understanding the Bible?
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