Principles of Biblical Interpretation

BY: Katrina Costales

My grandson likes to play the what if game. He will think of something that is not normal like “what if birds flew in water and fish swam in the air?” I respond by saying, “That is silly, then we would…” And then we would imagine what life would be like if that was true. We would have houses in the water and never need towels. It is a fun game. It makes us laugh a lot, so he is always trying to come up with something more outrageous. Last week he said, “What if people had Bibles but never read them?” He laughed and waited for my reply, expecting the usual “that's silly.” The look on his face when I told him that it is true that some people don't read their Bibles, convicted me and made me question if I think it is normal for Christians to read their Bibles. Why am I not shocked at the thought that the word of God is neglected? And do I make light of it when I do? I think that the reason we might neglect reading and studying the Bible is because we don't value the Bible, as we discussed last week. Another reason might be because we don't understand that one of the attributes of the Bible is its clarity. It is understandable. If we don't know principles of biblical interpretation, reading our Bibles can be confusing at times and dangerously lead us to wrong beliefs. The Bible can come alive in new ways as we understand and apply good principles of biblical interpretation. The following article outlines some very important principles of biblical interpretation. 

"Principles of Biblical Interpretation" by Hank Hannegraaff: Link to this article, which provides a helpful acronym, L-I-G-H-T-S to help you interpret the Bible. Just remember that the science of biblical interpretation “LIGHTS” your path as you walk through the Word.