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Reading Your Bible With Understanding 

Using these tools while reading your Bible will eliminate a lot of confusion.


The Agreement Principle 

The Agreement Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the AP), is a scientific principle or tool measuring validity.  It establishes a baseline, and then anything thereafter is compared to the baseline in terms of agreement

Example: A scientist studying dice may establish that all dies weigh 1.5 grams.  This will remain TRUE until proven UNTRUE.  If there is a die that is discovered that truly contradicts the original assertion, then there is no agreement.

 Application: The AP and its application to the Bible is that it DOES NOT contradict itself and all parts agree with each other and with the whole.  At this point, scientifically, it is up to someone with a contentious viewpoint to prove otherwise.

The Context Principle 

The Context Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the CP), is a scientific rule of language.  It establishes that everything said must be interpreted within its context.  A verse must be interpretted withing its chapter context which must be interpreted within its book context which must be interpretted within the whole Bible’s context. Only given the proper context can we come to a true meaning of what the phrase truly means.  The CP has been criticized by lay people who struggle with scientific concepts.  They often fail to see that a statement made in one context can mean something else in another.  In order to properly interpret the Bible, you need to know all the details SURROUNDING the passage that you are reading.  Otherwise you may come up with the wrong meaning.

Example: Take the words, “That’s funny” for instance.  The two words can have at least two meanings:


That’s hilarious             

That’s strange

Application:  Hebrews 10:25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is];” is often taken out of context to coerce Christians to come to church every time the door opens.  This sentance fragment is related to the previous verses (which are largely left unquoted), and do not even mention church service, worship service or any other kind of service.   For a good write up on this subject check this out!

The Ethnic Division Principle

The Ethnic Division Principle, (hereinafter referred to as the EDP), is a scientific principle indigenous to the Bible.  It establishes that there are different peoples in the Bible that are addressed, and the message for one does not necessarily apply to everyone.  This principle can apply to individuals as well.

Example:  Not all verses or commandments are for Christians.  Can you guess who was commanded to do the following?

Deut 25:11-12 When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets: Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity [her].

Application: It is important to distinguish who is being instructed or spoken to.  In the Bible there are Jews, Gentiles, Christians and others—know who is being addressed.


July 6, 2006 - Posted by | News You Can Use


  1. Help, Jack, I can’t open the link under The Context Principle! and, thus, have no opinion . . . YET! 🙂

    Comment by Helen Losse | July 6, 2006 | Reply

  2. Helen, something happened to the actual page…not sure what. I will check back on on it.


    Comment by bereans | July 6, 2006 | Reply

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