By Michael Youssef, Ph D. May 06, 2020
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 Scripture in search of ways to justify our preexisting notions, we miss out on the divine Truths of God, which are infinitely holier and more transformative than our own thoughts and worldviews.
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 9:47a), He did not literally mean for us to mutilate our bodies.
Likewise, we must 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. 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).