Interpreting the Bible

Topics: New Testament, Bible, Jesus Pages: 3 (1026 words) Published: January 26, 2014
I was told as a young child, “Before you began reading the Bible, you must always pray and ask God for understanding.” We all know the Bible can be very difficult to interpret. However, in reading “How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth”, I have learned so much in just reading a few pages. I must agree all Christians should know how to interpret the word of God. God surely want each of us to read, trust, obey and apply His word to our everyday lives. The Bible is meant to be interpreted and understood because if the word is not clear then how can a person apply the word to his or her life correctly. There is definitely a need to interpret the word to receive clear understanding. When Romans 13:14 “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts” (New King James Version). In looking at that verse I have always thought it meant flesh of the body. In order for me to really know what God wants me to get out of this passage, I would have to research in detail such as exegesis to find out what the original scripture was intended to mean. One thing we all can agree on a text has to mean what the author intended for it to mean. I can also use other translations in my research but narrow it down to one good translation. There are three tools people need to be able to do good exegesis, which are a good translation, Bible dictionary and commentaries. The good translation will help people with the original languages, the Bible dictionary will give you a good source of meaning to the word or words that one seems to struggle with and the commentaries are also good to have because you can read how others think. The first issue is when an individual read the Bible and interpret the Bible in his or her own thoughts and ideas verses how God has intended for the word to be interpreted. In order for one to explain the word to someone, first he or she must know how to understand and interpret the word...
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