Understanding of what the Bible says comes with studies, and it’s first things first:
Isaiah 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
Sometimes you just need somebody like an elder in the faith to show you what the scriptures say (make sure he shows the fruits of faith:
Acts 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
Some things were not to be understood until these end times:
Daniel 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
First things first:
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
(Get saved first, that’s the start, and know why and how you’re saved by knowing the salvation verses and understanding them. That’s the newest babe milk, and go from there)
So people have to stick with milk for a long time before they understand the meat:
1 Corinthians 3:2: I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
Even the apostles were not going to understand everything that Jesus wanted to explain to them while they walked together:
John 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
And if you think you came to perfect understanding, forget it:
1 Corinthians 8:2 And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
There is so much about how to unrderstand the Bible.
You must compare spiritual things to spiritual, and you cannot do that when you use a lexicon based on the pagan meanings recorded, especially if it was elaborated by the “Christian” spiritual adviser of Hitler himself.
For getting the meaning out of a passage, if you go in with the wrong attitude it will kill you, damage you.
Peter warned about those who twisted Paul’s writings to their own destruction. They can twist your own study to destruction too if you let them.
There are wolves in sheep’s clothing who teach false doctrine.
Most Satanists are horrified by Word. There are others who are more sunk into his claws who are less so bothered and quote it like made, like Satan himself did in the Temptation verses, and the Pharisees quoting it. Now we have a Jesuit Pope quoting scripture. I met a Jesuit priest once in a meeting arranged by some youths we had been witnessing to (missionary days) and he was livid at us corrupting his little flock. Ezekiel 33 and 34. He had a diabolical spirit and he no doubt had those boys reading scripture upside down.
In Romans we find that God gives the reprobates over to a mind that fits. They can’t understand anything. In another passage we find Paul rebuking the Galatians for their giving up on salvation by faith alone, a gross misunderstanding of scripture. Not so plain clear.
I have found that some atheists (and theistic evolutionists) cannot wrap their heads around where their thinking is wrong. It’s the same way with some doctrines.
For example, among the readers of this very commentary, probably most of them will not understand that “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s” means render unto him nothing if you don’t have to (because he is not the rightful owner of any of the Roman’s conquered and stolen loot). They also wouldn’t understand that the last verses of Matthew 17 have Jesus saying that ALL taxation is unfair and that ALL taxing authorities (governments) are unjust parasites, sucking on stolen loot.
And even though Peter had said to the Pharisees, the religious rulers, that they were going to obey God and not man, they still don’t understand what Paul meant in Romans 13. That chapter was written while he was in prison in Rome awaiting a hearing FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL. So when he said they were “ministers of God”, this was “Render unto” code messaging to (1) tell them not to rescue them, he was in God’s hands, and (2) to obey any government that actually acted as God’s ministers and (3) use the Word and the fruits of rulers to judge the matter.
One more thing, though. Paul admonished the churches in a chapter often used to criticize the idea of the gift of tongues today, 1 Corinthians 14, that we should expect there to be ONE interpretation of message from God uttered in a tongue we don’t understand, and that He is not the author of confusion. We have a veritable Bible Babel confusion of Bibles in English today. Plus several more in the “original tongues”. The prophecies are not of private interpretation, they only have one nuance of meaning.
In other words, make sure you’re studying the Bible you can trust. Find it. Keep an open mind on this.
Let him that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith to the churches.