I have often wonder why we sometimes if not often misunderstand the context of chapters and/or verses when we study God's word. One can read a verse or chapter a number of times believing they understand it's meaning , then suddenly we realize our initial understanding was wrong. Why, is it that correct context is so difficult, at times, to obtain the first time around when studying. Isn't context of God word the most important part of study? And how does one know when He/she undestands the correct context? So how important to you is context or does it matter to you?
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Rich- Thanks for your answer. I have many hours of study and still there are times when I get these " verse that jump out at you moments". It's these moments when I believe the Holy Spirit opens up understanding. Without the Holy Spirit we're stuck.
"The letter killeth!" Who do believe the Holy Spirit or study (man)? You are right in saying "Without the Holy Spirit we're stuck." Why go deeper studying? He said study Scripture not books!
A very good example, thank you
Sherry- Great answer and thank you for sharing it with us. I also found it to be a good idea to pray for understanding before studying. Again, thank you.
"Understand' and 'interpret' can mean the same thing, but often there is a subtle distinction. 'To understand' is what you think it means; 'to interpret' is to be able to draw conclusions from a concept which you understand." (Wordreference.com)
CarrieG- Thanks for your answer.When one studies God's word, often times they can spot wrong teachings or doctrines. Most cases wrong teachings or doctrine is generally due to taking scripture out of context. Again thanks.
Yes, Out of Context! And if you keep telling people Black is Green, after awhile they "truly believe" it!
Tsad- Thank you for your answer I agree, further I believe that each of us are responsible for our own indepth study of God's word. Far tp many leave it up solely to others to teach them. Again Thanks.
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Eric- Thank you for your coment. I'm happen to see this question still has interest by some. I too have learned from Rich's answer, which is why I ask questions, to learn from other's. Blessings