Tuesday, October 4, 2016

How to study the Bible

In this blog entry, I'm going to tell you how to study the Bible. These are the same method's I use to study the Bible and I find them very helpful. I hope they are as helpful to you as they are to me.

First off when studying the Bible before you read so much as one word you must pray. It's impossible for anyone at all to understand anything in Scripture without the light of the Holy Spirit. So pray for understanding and wisdom. Without GOD's help you won't understand a word of the Bible.

Use devotionals as they can bring other viewpoints to the Scripture you're reading.

Study Church history if one does not learn from history one is doomed to repeat it. So learn from the early Church father's they have much wisdom to share.

Use study Bible's when possible as they are filled with lot's of information the one I have has maps, biographies, time lines, and all sorts of helpful things.

Attend Bible studies. This is another great way of gaining other insights into Scriptures.

Attend Church. The Bible is preached at Church so what better place to learn more about what Scripture says?

When studying the Bible remember to take regular breaks so that you can come back to your studies with a fresh perspective.

Use Christian friends and family as soundboards for helping you learn the Bible. Going to a non-Christian for help with Scripture's is like going to a bank and asking the banker for help on how to fish for salmon. Unless your banker fishes they won't be able to help you.

Use a variety of different translations for Bible study. The word's change but the meaning is the same but the different words can help you to look at something with a new perspective or help you understand better.

Make notes of when these Scriptures were written, who did GOD inspire to write it, who the audience was at the time, who the main people are, original language and what it's original intent was. Many study Bible's have this information and it is indeed helpful.

Now the rest of these are how to study the Bible when you come across a verse you have trouble understanding. I hope these methods help you as they have helped me. You may recognize some of these.

Read the verse and the whole chapter it's in with many different Bible versions and make note of anything that jumps out at you.

Form no theories use only the facts at hand. - Sherlock Holmes

Pay close attention to small details or what may seem obvious. Never disregard anything no matter how trivial.

Look for consistency. The Bible never contradicts itself.

Put yourself in the shoes of the people in the Bible and try to imagine what you would do in their place.

Once you eliminate the impossible whatever remains, however, improbable must be the truth. - Sherlock Holmes

Never guess or you'll twist facts to suit theories instead of twisting theories to suit the facts. - Sherlock Holmes

Make notes of what you think GOD is personally telling you.

Figure out what the unspoken assumption is and make note of it.

The big picture and the small details are equally important concentrate on both of them.

Do not allow your judgment to be biased by personal qualities. The most mature Christian's are still human and are capable of making mistakes.

Finally, last but not least praise GOD for all you have learned.

The reason why I say form no theories s because when people form theories we often get silly teaching's that shouldn't even have occurred.
I hope this is a helpful guide to you in studying the Bible. GOD bless you.

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