Be Not Deceived: A Naturalistic Approach to Interpreting Scripture by B.P. Mire
Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them (Deuteronomy 11:16). Never since creation was wrought by the mighty power of God, has there ever been a more gripping record penned through the ages as the Bible. This record has dumbfounded many historians, marveled countless theologians, astonished numerous scholars, and inspired all Christians. If the phenomenal account that is documented in this record does not electrify the imagination and stir the emotions of every believer that reads it, nothing ever could. However, the ignorance of men to attempt to figure out the omnipotent mind of Jehovah God has cause a multitude of people to be deceived by misinterpreting the elementary truths of the Scripture.
If the common sense makes plain sense, seek know other sense. This is the golden rule for interpreting Scripture (Phillips 15). Author John Phillips is making this statement referring to the fact that what God says exactly what He means. Therefore, we are to interpret the Bible literally, culturally, and grammatically (Phillips 15-23).
Although the Bible is a plainly written book by a divine and holy God, the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (I Corinthians 2:14). The main problem with man in reading the Word of God is that man tries to dig deeper into the Scriptures than what is intended instead in forcing some kind of allegorical, mystical, or figurative meanings into its basic truths. The Bible must be applied using the same principles of common sense that we used in other ordinary writing (Phillips 15). Yet, still, deceived men have devised many approaches to try to interpret the Word of God.