must study the previous scriptures as well as the scriptures
which follow. An invaluable guideline is to permit the scrip-
tures to interpret scripture.
Finally, it is permissible to interpret the Bible literally. One
can always spiritualize a truth away. If we over - spiritualize,
then whose interpretation is right? If the literal sense makes
sense, seek no other sense or you’ll have nonsense!
Students of the Word must keep in mind that the Bible,
like the character of God Himself, will not contradict itself, and
everything from Genesis to Revelation is true. False statements
are accurately related as false statements. It may indeed be ex-
actly what was said by someone who was lying, or what they
truly (as an unregenerate) believed.
Following are two examples:
Concerning the truth of man be in resurrected: A demon
came to Eliphaz, (during the time that Job surely must have
been wondering about seeing his lost family members
again), and told him
“...they perish forever” (Job 4:20)
This is, according to God’s Word, a lie that the demon
Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes,
“For the living
know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they
have no further reward...” (Ecc. 9:5)
. In context (see
above), this is clearly a faulty statement from the human
viewpoint of Solomon’s frustrated observations, and not a
definitive statement about life after death.