Really, to understand the Bible is not difficult if the reader is humbly searching for knowledge and wisdom from the Creator. Getting help in this endeavor from a person of faith is actually recommended in the Bible, it relates an account of a man who was returning from the Temple in Jerusalem who was reading from the book of Isaiah. God's spirit spoke to Philip the evangelizer, sending him to meet up with this man, who had never heard of Jesus. While riding with him in his chariot, Philip explained that the verse (from Isaiah chapter 53) and many more, were fulfilled in Jesus. That was all that the man needed to hear. Like finding the last piece of a puzzle, he, in his newfound faith, was ready for baptism. Acts 8:26-38
Another answerer. Tracy, had already given the keys to understanding the Bible, but here they are again, with the scriptures that demonstrate their truth:
Have the right attitude
- humbly accepting the Bible as the word of God, not men.But, instead of having "blind faith", use your power of reason. (1 Thessalonians 2:13; James 4:6; Romans 12:1)
Pray for wisdom.
-instead of leaning on your own understanding, keep on asking God (Proverbs 3:5;James 1:5)
- Like God's faithful servant Joshua, study regularly, not sporadically. (Joshua 1:8)
- Study by topic.
Start with the basics, and then move on to more meaty subjects. You will discover that these scriptures will explain others that are harder to understand. (Hebrews 6:1-2; 2 Peter 3:16)
-Get help from others.
Like the Ethiopian officer who got help from the evangelizer Philip, people of faith who are actually living obediently will use scriptural references to help others to see what the Bible really teaches. (Acts 17:2, 3)
What are NOT keys to understanding are an advanced education or a high intellect. Jesus selected 12 men to be his apostles, men who others considered to be "unlettered and ordinary." (Acts 4:13
Also, what is NOT a key to understanding is MONEY. Jesus said "you received free, give free." (Matthew 10:8)
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