Understanding Difficult Bible Passages

The vast majority of the Bible is pretty straight-forward and easily understood. However, there are a few topics and passages that are commonly misunderstood for various reasons. The following six steps on understanding these difficult passages help me keep things in line. Please note that these are personal practices and are not to be viewed as absolute truth or the only way to read scripture.
  1. The entire Bible is God’s inspired Word. We use scripture to interpret scripture. We look for harmony and confirmation across the different books, authors, and testaments. Also, each book of the Law, each prophecy, each Gospel and epistle should be understood as a complete stand-alone work in order to understand what God, through each particular human hand, intended for the particular audience addressed at that particular time.