Everyone wants to be understood properly – even God. In communication, a proper understanding can only be achieved when a clear message is properly interpreted. If the sender does not clearly convey his message, or if the receiver does not properly interpret the sender’s message, miscommunication and misunderstanding results. This happens all the time with the Bible. We often misunderstand it because we fail to interpret God’s words properly.
Interpreting the Bible is more difficult than interpreting a modern text or conversation because it reflects a different era, geography, language, worldview, culture, literary genres, and idioms. Oddly enough, the vast majority of Christians are never trained in Biblical interpretation. Given this circumstance, it’s no wonder the Bible is misinterpreted and misapplied so much.