Do you remember in school being taught the 5 W’s? That when you’re studying anything you should understand the Who, What, Where, When and Why of the topic?
These crucial questions should be answered when researching anything, yet how often do we forget to do this in our walk with the Lord? How often do we read a Bible verse than use it in conversation or even to try to win an argument but really have never studied the verse or in some cases even read the entire chapter?
It is crucial to understand who the Bible was referencing or what the story was about, why it was occurring or why God said or did what He did, to know what the context of what you’re reading is, know where this part of the Bible took place and when. Know every detail about what is going on.
Remember the Bible doesn’t contradict itself. When you’re reading the Word if the section you’re in seems to contradict another then you don’t understand the context of the Bible and you should use both study resources and the Holy Spirit to guide you to wisdom.
With technology being so advanced the Bible and information on the Bible is so accessible which is outstanding.
However with the ease of gaining information on the Bible, people can pick and chose Bible verses that fits their own narrative.
This falls on both the skeptic and believer.
A skeptic can find sections of the Bible take what is written out of context then create their own meaning behind the Word of God.
And if a Christian is unprepared to respond both mentally and spiritually you leave yourself vulnerable to this attack. Be ready, have the Armor of God on you at all times.*
Another dangerous side to the accessibility of the Bible and study tools is a Christian can easily create their own doctrine on the Bible and actually think they’re right because all they did was find verses without asking the basic 5 W’s.
But don’t just ask the questions on your own.
Ask God the Who, What, Where, When and Why’s, because who better to ask then the Author of the Word, the World and the Universe.
Have a blessed week,
*Ephesians 6:10-18 New International Version (NIV)
The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.