The church fathers in the first and second centuries understood this important rule. That Scripture alone is inspired and it is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for the church 2 Tim. 3:16-17. However, like all rules, Scripture must be interpreted in order for us to know what we must believe and how we must live.
The most basic rule of biblical interpretation is that we should interpret the Bible literally. What does this mean? Essentially, we are not to treat Scripture like a secret code book but rather, we are to read the Bible as we would read any other work of literature. The intent of its authors and the literary conventions of the particular style is being used. If we do that we understand we read historical narrative differently than poetry.
Our goal when reading the Word of God is to get the plain sense of the text. Scripture is divinely inspired and is the Truth. There, we learn about creation, mankind, where we came from, where we are heading to after death, salvation and everything in between. It addresses ethics, family, relationships, marriage, history, prophecy and much more according God’s perspective. We should also pay attention for repetition and patterns and ask God what He wants us to learn. This principle is significant and noteworthy.
I’ve been amazed that in Christianity today so many denominations are falling astray of the principles described above. We see entire communities giving in to the culture and taking the Tanakh and the Newer Testament allegorically, opened to one’s subjectivity. And when leaders from some congregation open that door, it is over. We now see people celebrating sin and despising the Truth.
Yeshua’s disciples understand that every single word in the Bible is there on purpose, no matter how confusing it may be to us, and that it is our privilege and joy to dig for understanding.
“Open my eyes that I may behold the wonders of Your Torah” (Psalms 119:18).