Understanding the Bible—
What Are the keys?
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
H***e the right attitude. Accept the Bible as God’s Word. Be humble, since God opposes the proud. (1 Thessalonians 2:13;James 4:6) However, ***oid blind faith—God wants you to use your “
power of reason.”—Romans 12:1, 2.
Pray for wisdom. “
Do not lean upon your own understanding,” the Bible says at Proverbs 3:5. Instead, “
keep on asking God” for wisdom in understanding the Bible.—James 1:5.
Be consistent. You will benefit much more from Bible study if you do it regularly rather than sporadically.—Joshua 1:8.
Study by topic. A topical study, in which you analyze what the Bible says about a particular topic or subject, is an effective way to learn what the Scriptures teach. 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) You’ll find that you can compare scripture with scripture and learn that various parts of the Bible explain each other, even the parts that are “
hard to understand.”—2 Peter 3:16
Get help from others. The Bible encourages us to accept help from others who understand the Bible. (Acts 8:30, 31) Jehovah’s Witnesses offer a free Bible study program. Like the early Christians, they use Scriptural references to help others discern what the Bible really teaches.—Acts 17:2, 3.
Things you don’t need
High intellect or education. Jesus’ 12 apostles understood the Scriptures and taught them to others, even though the apostles were considered by some to be “
unlettered and ordinary.”—Acts 4:13.
Money. You can learn what the Bible teaches without cost. Jesus told his disciples: “
You received free, give free.”—Matthew 10:8.