The Bible is not a magical or mystical book that can only be read by the gods or the pseudo-spiritual. Reading the Bible does not require that anyone leave out intellect, intelligence or common rules of literacy. The Bible is a supernatural book that was written by ordinary men who were extraordinarily inspired by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21 2 Tim. 3:16). We approach the Bible with awe and reverence. However, awe and reverence do not require us to forget about the standard rules of reading.
Church history tells us of the Catholic church prohibiting the common man from owning or obtaining a Bible. They only had the Bible written and copied in Latin which meant only the catholic priests could read from the Bible. This is how gross error came about in Church history. When the reformers rebelled against such antics and began translating the Bible into common vernacular a revolution began.
We no longer have popes and priests keeping the Bible from laymen and saints. Today we have a problem with misinterpretation that is excused by trying to make the text more spiritual than it already is. We now have in our churches people who feel inadequate with reading and interpreting the Bible. Their excuse is that they cannot understand it for surely the Bible doesn’t mean what it actually says.
When reading and studying the Bible we do not sacrifice reading rules at the altar. We do not need to repent of the education that we have been taught concerning reading when approaching the Bible. We read the Bible the same way would read any other book. A noun is still a noun in the Bible. A verb is still a verb in the Bible. An adjective is still an adjective in the Bible. A play on words has become popular in Biblical interpretation, but doing so does not make the text any more spiritual, any more relevant, any more supernatural, any more meaningful, or any more applicable.
Spiritualizing a Bible verse does violence to Scripture. It makes people believe that the Bible is not spiritual enough. This is why it is important we learn to rightly divide the Word of God. In interpreting the Bible we do not need other-wordly tricks or mystical powers. You simply have to know the right questions to ask. In order to keep everything within context-and context is key- these are important questions to ask.
Here are 4 steps to Biblical interpretation