While reading over several Christian blogs yesterday, I noticed that there were many that seemed uncertain about how to interpret God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us, “For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”. So why do we as Believer’s seem to be so confused when we witness to the world about what God is trying to tell us in His Holy Scriptures?
How can a verse in our Bible have so many meanings and interpretations? The Apostle Paul, in 2 Timothy 3:16, said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…”. So how can we continue to witness to the world when we can not agree upon what the Word of God really means. There is only one TRUTH that comes from the Word of God and there are no contradictions!
When interpreting scripture from the Bible we must have a common method of doing so. The word “method” comes for the Greek word methods, which literally means “a way or path of transit. Methodology in Bible study is therefore concerned with “the proper path to be taken in order to arrive at Scriptural truth.” There should be only one interpretation of any given verse in the Bible. Just think of how the world would view Christianity if we could all agree upon what the Word of God is saying to us.
I would prayerfully suggest that you read the article “Rightly Interpreting the Bible” that was written by Ron Rhodes. It is very enlightening and well written.