Apologetics Tip #7: Alan shares the right questions to ask when reading the Bible so that you can get the most out of the meaning of the text.
Here's your apologetics tip of the day: Always ask three questions when reading
any biblical text. You see, in order to be transformed by God's Word, we can't
misinterpret what it means. And that's why there are three key principles to
biblical interpretation: context, history, and genre. So first, ask about context.
What is the author talking about in the surrounding text? Read as much as you can
the text before and after the passage you're studying. Second, ask about history.
Are there any historical details or events that add to your understanding of
the subject being discussed in the text? And third, ask what is the genre or the
type of literature of the passage that you're reading? Because each genre in the
Bible has its own principles of interpretation. Find a resource that
explains how to interpret each genre and keep it handy when you're studying the
Bible. By properly interpreting God's Word, you'll allow the Holy Spirit, who
inspired its words, to transform you from the inside out.
That's your apologetics tip of the day.