Understanding the Bible

ScriptureThe Bible was written to be read. Anything written to be read was also written to be understood.

Can we understand everything in the Bible? Not even close. The mind of God, which authored the Bible, is too vast and deep for finite man to understand, but we can understand the major themes and lessons the Bible. After all, the Bible tells us it was written to impart knowledge.

There was a time not so long ago when understanding of the Bible was near-universal in America. Even non-believers understood major Biblical themes because the societal knowledge was so pervasive, it couldn’t help but rub off on them. During the time of our nation’s founding, virtually all children were raised with an in-depth knowledge of what the Bible teaches. Usually, children of that time knew more of the Bible than most adult church-going Christians of today.

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But after half a century of a deliberate campaign of secularizing our culture, Biblical knowledge is becoming a lost mastery.  But it doesn’t have to be.  Some simple principles on reading and understanding the Bible can be grasped in just a short time, and these will open the door to reading and understanding the greatest book humanity has ever known.

This video provides a few of those principles that can help you read the Bible with understanding. Of course, some people don’t really want to understand, and so won’t read in the first place, or if they do, will expect the Bible to fit their preconceived notions. But if you go to the Bible with an attitude of “teach me” and apply these principles, odds are you will not be disappointed.

Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:7-11)



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Bob Ellis has been the owner of media company Dakota Voice, LLC since 2005. He is a 10-year U.S. Air Force veteran, a political reporter and commentator for the past decade, and has been involved in numerous election and public policy campaigns for over 20 years. He was a founding member and board member of the Tea Party groups Citizens for Liberty and the South Dakota Tea Party Alliance. He lives in Rapid City, South Dakota with his wife and two children.
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  • retiredday

    I hope and pray that this generation stops ignoring and mischaracterizing the Bible. I’ve been reading and studying Scripture on a regular basis for almost 40 years and my understanding of Gods word continues to deepen. I gain new insights almost every time I read it. It isn’t a book that can be read through once and be totally grasped. It is both challenging for the most brilliant of us and inspiring for the dullest. To refuse to read the Bible one must have a closed, prejudiced mind. To be willing to read the Bible, one must be open to the truth, have a commitment to examine the best evidence, honestly evaluate that evidence, and finally make the genuine and personal decision as to which side of the fence you belong. That takes character, which includes sincerity, courage, integrity and most of all, faith.

    “Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.
    Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
    Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight.
    Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain.
    Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.”

    (Psalm 119:33-37)