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How To Understand The Bible

I have never done a bible study other than just reading the bible. I don't think I really understand it. Are there other books or tools that help to better understand the bible?

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 ---Marcy on 7/21/06
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Marcy:Prayer is supplication an appeal.If this appeal comes from the heart God will hear.Then open His book not any old bible but one prescribed with His seal of Authority it is called an 'Imprimatur'.On those verses which cause you bewilderment Pray and meditate and then go to the right source.not any Tom Dick or Harry who dispenses his version.Meekness and humility will lead you to His inner chamber the recess of that divine Heart.Don't be fooled by those who appear righteous and know it all, but rather by those who are humble enough to say"I donk know but will find out"Jesus said Seek and you will find."
---MIC on 10/2/08

From Beginning to End.
(Strongs concordance may help)

Know the MEANING of Lord and Master.
Authority in the Name...
Jesus Christ,Greek,Hebrew...whatever language...

Whatsoever you ask in MY NAME...
John 14:13-14

Pray asking Our Father...

If any of you lack wisdom,let him ask of God,that gives to all liberally,and without reproach,it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith,nothing wavering...
1 James 1:5-6

...Not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,but which the Holy Spirit TEACHES,COMPARING SPIRITUAL THINGS WITH SPIRITUAL.
1 Cor2:12-16

The Father will comfirm his Word.
1John 5:6-11

God's Peace...Amen.
---char on 10/1/08

Marcy, pray to God before each time you open the Bible. Ask Him for for Understanding.
But, do not assume you will get this gift after you finished reading.
His time isn't our time.
He may not reveal to you the meaning until later on when you need the knowledge.
Just realize you are storing His Words in your heart.

Have you ever seen the Karate Kid movie?
The kid didn't understand the instructions of the wise man nor was he happy to follow them. But he did follow the instruction exactly as the wise man told him.
Later on the kid is happy he did because he found Victory in Obedience!

Just remember all words in the Bible is in the Bible for a good reason.
The Old Testament supports the New Testament.
---Nicole on 9/19/08

"The best tool is the Holy Spirit" this is good advice from Wes.
1 are you sure of your salvation?
2 follow what the Scripture says in James 1:5,"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him."
3 Go slow, keep yourself open to the Holy Spirit.
---mima on 9/19/08

The best tool is the Holy Spirit. Before each study pray that God would guide you in all truths through his Holy Spirit, just as he promised.
---wes on 9/17/08

Marcy, a good Bible commentary and a good Bible dictionary are very helpful when studying the Bible. I would recommend Strong's and Willmington's. And also pray for the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit, to illuminate the scriptures through the Holy Spirit, and for wisdom and knowledge from God.
---Cynthia on 10/3/07

The Holy Spirit, do you have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The natural man cannot understand the things of God. Also, the Bible Knowledge Commentary is a 2 set commentary book, easy to understand and explains lots of golden nuggets.
---Donna9759 on 10/3/07

When you look at greek translation,Bible comes from the word "biblios" and connotates a "book of words".I am inspired by reading Hebrews 8:6.We understand Jesus to be the "mediator of a better covenant,which was established upon better promises.Many versions are written to make Man understand God's message in a simple way.
---rosem4839 on 2/28/07

Marcy, first it truly helps if you believe in jesus,That he died for you,that he was raised from the dead,that he is seated at the right hand of God interceeding for the elect AKA born again.
---tom2 on 7/27/06

/2/ In western cultures today, the Gospel of John is often a good place to begin. A 1-year Scripture plan often has both OT and NT readings in parallel. A Walk Thru the Bible Seminar can give you a 'jump start' in understanding Israel's history from Scripture. Already know those things, try a topical (love, wisdom, salvation) or character (John, Barnabas, Luke) study, or categorize each proverb or Psalm! Try learning something about Hebrew or Greek. Message me for more ideas.
---danie9374 on 7/25/06

\1\ Steve: Beginning at Genesis often keeps UN-believers from reading much farther than Exodus. That's why it's important to learn something about the person, and what they are seeking in Scripture! If someone was already involved in a 'leaglistic religion,' I might show them Romans or Galatians first; not Leviticus. Paul didn't lecture Gentiles on how to become Jews BEFORE presenting the Gospel to them. Those who are already Christians, should learn the history of Israel and read all the Prophets wrote.
---danie9374 on 7/25/06

May I suggest "Things that Differ". A concordance does help in word studies. See how God uses a word is important as understanding the definition of that word. Example, Agape love means; Charity, Charitable, Love and Dear (once). With out bible studies and word studies, you would not know that.
---geraa7578 on 7/24/06

Steven, do you know how many people have tried to start that and stopped reading after a few chapters. To throw away the concordance is not very smart. Word studies and how God uses certain words are very important.Going by your means will only lead to confusion and not growing in Christ.
---geraa7578 on 7/24/06

Would you start a novel on page 77, then to page 12, then to page 127 and understand what the novel is all about? Of course not. The Bible was never in context form as it is today. I could twist verses out of context to make you believe in anything your heart desires. A strong foundation is formed when reading the Bible from beginning to end. Throw away your concordances and rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance not what other men say.
---Steven on 7/23/06

Marcy, the bible tells us that it is folly to the unbeliever.the best way is to have faith first and understand that this is truth.Where to find it in the bible A TO Z is a good resouceover 3700 words listed with scriptural reference to each word.
---tom2 on 7/23/06

Marcy, what most have said of the Spirit is true. Ask God to help you understand what you are reading, and the Spirit will do so; as with all our prayers though, the answer may not be immediate and He could use others in your life too. BEFORE GETTING INTO ANY SPECIFIC TOOLS, I'd like to know if you asked Christ to save you from your sin believing that He died and rose for you... and roughly your educational background. FEEL FREE TO MESSAGE ME HERE.
---danie9374 on 7/22/06

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Herb is right, but it applies to your study of the Bible, whatever the translation.
---alan8869_of_UK on 7/22/06

Rely only upon the direct Divine inspiration of the Father. The Holy Spirit is the only teacher. A spiritual book must be spiritually discerned & the Spirit is the only discerner. Allow the Fathers Spirit to guide your thoughts. The purchase a good concordance, combined with the KJV will help you define confusing terms in the original language used to convey the message. Relax & flow, the understanding meant for you will be embraced. The good work the Father has started in you He will bring to completion.
---Josef on 7/22/06

Ask the Holy Spirit to come inside your Mind and Heart so that you can understand. Sometimes I got read a scripture a couple of times before I understand it. Also they have alot of good Study bibles. They have notes in the bottom of every page for specfic scriptures to better understand it. They are alot of Study bibles. I use the Life in the Spirit Study bible. The translation is very important!. Alot of people cant understand the KJV, try NIV. Note:ALL TRANSLATION HAVE ERROR IN THEM.
---Ramon on 7/21/06

What bible do you use? The KJV is a spiritual bible and can only be understood by the spiritual person. You must pray and ask God for understanding. Some say you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit first, I agree. The baptism of the Holy Spirt occures at the moment of conversion, not latter as some clame.
---Rev_Herb on 7/21/06

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Yes, Wes, is right. The Holy Spirit will lead you. There will be times that you will wake up in the middle of the night and suddenly understand what you have read. And sometimes you will just be sitting thinking about things and the understanding will come. It comes from the Holy Spirit. Keep on reading and praying.
---Susie on 7/21/06

What helped me out was a cd that I bought at Wal-Mart for 10 bucks it is called The Deluxe Bible Collection, it has different versions of the bible, even in Hebrew and Greek, and alot of commentaries. If you can't find it at Wal-Mart try at your local bible book store.
---Rebecca_D on 7/21/06

I agree totally with what Wes has written.
---mima on 7/21/06

Use books on history about the time period you are studying. Books on the culture of peoples. Maps, especially ones that have overlays showing ancient world boundaries and modern political world boundaries. Access to some reasonable bible software with bible dictionaries, commentaries and good search features including revers search features. Ability to look up the Hebrew or Greek term for the English word and the ability to look up all all alternative English renderings for a Greek or Hebrew word.
---notlaw99 on 7/21/06

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