Most of us can admit that we have all done this: go to the Bible, attempt to find a specific bible verse that will suit our needs, argument, sin, or lifestyle. But, this is so dangerous and damaging. When the bible is taken out of context or misused, we are pointing to ourselves instead of pointing to the most important thing in our lives: God. We cannot pick out a couple of verses that suit us and we agree with and throw the rest of the Bible away.
If we truly want to know what a Bible verse or passage means, we have to read it within the context, which means to understand the section before and after the Bible verse. We can’t strip away all the surrounding verses, remove it from its original intent, and still expect to understand it.
The Bible was never meant to benefit ourselves or to satisfy our wants and desires. The Bible is there to point us back to God and for us to get to know Him more and be more like Him, not ourselves.
Here are the 6 popular Bible verses that are often taken out of context:
- Jeremiah 29:11
- Psalms 46:5
- Matthew 7:1
- Matthew 6:33-34
- Luke 11:9
- Philippians 4:13
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