Understanding the Bible—What Are the Keys?

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The Bible’s answer

The Bible itself provides many of the keys to understanding it. Regardless of your background, God’s message in the Bible “is not too difficult for you, nor is it far away.”—Deuteronomy 30:11

Keys to understanding the Bible

1. Have the right attitude. The Bible is God’s word. Accept it as his truth. Be humble, God opposes the proud. (1Thessalonians 2:13; James 4:6) Avoid blind faith, for the reason that God wants you to use your “power of reason.”—Romans 12:1, 2.

2. Pray for wisdom. Proverbs 3:5 says: “Do not lean upon your own understanding.” We have to “keep on asking God” for wisdom in understanding the Bible.—James 1:5.

3. Be consistent. You will benefit from the Bible study if you do it regularly rather than sporadically.—Joshua 1:8.

4. Study by topic. When we analyze what the Bible says about a particular topic or subject we do a topical study. This is an effective way to learn what the Scriptures teach. The best way to learn from the Bible is to start with “the beginning lessons,” as it were, and then “go forward to more mature (advanced) teaching.”(Hebrews 6:1,2, Easy-to-Read Version) For example we can compare scripture with scripture and learn that parts of the Bible explain each other, even parts that are “hard to understand.”— 2Peter 3:16.

5. Get help from others. The Bible encourages us to ask help from others who understand the Bible. (Acts 8:30, 31) Jehovah’s Witnesses , like the early Christians, use Scriptural references to help people discern what the Bible really teaches.—Acts 17:2, 3.

Things you don’t need

1. High intellect or education. Jesus’ 12 apostles taught the Scriptures to others, even though they were considered by some to be “unlettered and ordinary.”—Acts 4:13.

2. Money. You can learn the Bible teachings without cost. Jesus says to his disciples: “You received free, give free.”—Matthew 10:8.

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