On this site, we try to follow these
Guidelines To Basic Biblical
Interpret a verse or set of verses
in its context (the surrounding verses or chapters.)
Interpret a passage in light of its
probable meaning to the persons, or 'audience' to whom it was originally
written. For instance, consider the customs and events taking place when
it was written. The exception might be prophecy, especially end-time prophesy
Interpret a passage in light of all
other Scripture. In other words, don't try to quote one or two passages
as 'proof' of something which is in disagreement with the rest of the Bible,
or with what we know to be true of God from other Scripture.
Do not use an obscure passage to disprove
another passage with clear and obvious meaning. Similarly, do not 'hang'
an entire doctrine or broad sweeping assumptions on one or two obscure
or unrelated passages.
Interpret a passage according to the
best use of the original language.
Do not take a passage which has a principle
set forth in the passage, and try to use it to deny, discount, or reverse
that same principle.
- According to scripture, the ministry
of the Holy Spirit includes guiding believers into all the truth (John
16:13), for He is called the Spirit of Truth. His anointing also "teaches
us about all things" and presumably, would not be upon the deception taught
by false teachers; we are dependent on Him alone for truth (1 John 2:25-27).
Therefore, the best understanding of Scripture is through and under the
ministry of the Holy Spirit, as we abide in Jesus (1 John 2:28-29)
Note: This adapted with permission from an original e-mail message by Dr. John Painter
About the content hosted
on our Website and the content we link to:
We try to have high standards about
the overall spiritual content or spiritual 'health' of the web pages we
link to, but of course we cannot be responsible for what is on other people's
websites. Some of these teachings may challenge traditional paradigms,
and we do not apologize for that. However, we are very concerned that we
remain in line with scripture, of course. Please contact us if you have a complaint or concern.