Bible and Theology
Seeking Answers in the Word
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 4, 2016

By Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

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As we seek answers in the Bible, we need to make sure that we do not take a verse out of context. Too often we want to make the Bible match our preconceived answer instead of conforming our views to the Bible. When we read the Scriptures in search of ways to justify our preexisting notions, we miss out on the divine Truths of God, which are far more transforming than our own devices.

"We need to ask the Holy Spirit's guidance each time we pick up God's Book."

We also need to approach the Bible with clear and rational thinking. Recognize the difference between a figure of speech and a stated fact. For instance, when Jesus said, "And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out" (Mark 9:47), He did not literally mean for us to mutilate our bodies.

We must also pay attention to the historical and cultural context of the Bible. Many Biblical encyclopedias and handbooks provide a comprehensive look at the world in the Old and New Testament periods. Knowing the context will give us a deeper understanding of the text.

Prayer: God, help me to never take Your Word out of context. Help me to have a clear understanding of what Your Word is saying and to apply your Truth to my daily life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart" (Psalm 119:34).