Understanding The Bible
Show Yourself Approved Unto God," 2 Timothy 2:15
J. Deering, AncientPath.net
Lesson 12 - Investigate the Word
If you've found seeming problems with the ideas you have discerned - then one of two things are happening. You're wrong and need to change your mind or You're right and others who have gone before you are wrong. Now, perhaps that's a little too "Black and White" answer. If you are new to Bible study you have probably come to an incomplete conclusion about your verse or verses. Seek help in your reference materials and books. If you still can't find agreement check with a trusted friend who may have a better Bible knowledge base than you. Call or ask your Pastor, Elder, Deacon, Sunday school teacher, etc. In my studies I have often found that there are areas of the Scriptures that most Pastors, teachers, and commentaries for that matter, shy away from clear definitive answers. If you MUST know the answer to one of these problem texts - then you will have to go deeper into the study of the word by checking Theologies, Seminary level documents and papers. You may have to seek out a theological library (on-line) or in person at a Bible College, Christian College or Seminary. You WILL find the answer - and perhaps YOU will be RIGHT too!
(Still - Try to stay away from
Bible commentaries at this point in your study and research. Commentaries
should be left to last. The point of Bible study is to know and research
the Bible for ourselves. Easy answers will lead to reliance upon
commentaries for our understanding of the Scriptures. It will be much
better, in the long run, to become knowledgeable in the Bible than it is to be
someone who merely looks up the thoughts of others.)
Move to the Next Lesson: Lesson 13 - "Summarize the Word"