One of the biggest mistakes that I notice by Christians today is misinterpreting the Bible. Sometimes, scripture can be hard to understand but when this happens, we must read the verse(s) in context. There are people who have told me that they are confused by certain pieces of scripture,, reading within context including when the scripture was written, by who it was written and for whom it was written, and the perspective(s) of the respective verse(s).
There are many reasons why we must read and understand scripture and the most basic of all reasons is that Christ tells us to. James 1:22 instructs us to be doers of the word, not just hearers of it. When we imply just hear it, we will deceive ourselves on certain issues because we are not within scripture. When we do not take our Bible to church or follow along with our phones and only take the word of man, we can easily become as emotions enter into the equation and/or the scripture being shared is only halfway known or completely botched.
Psalm 33:4 reads “For the word of the Lord is right, and all his works are done in truth.” We know from this scripture that God’s word does not confuse people but not being in it and studying it will lead us to confusion. Confusion is not from God and when we are confused, Satan is able to exploit and the easiest way to do this is through leading Christians astray. This is usually not done on purpose but when we do not read and study God’s word, we only have the word (s) of man to go on and what we have heard and if what we’ve heard is not true, we will be led in the wrong direction.
Christ tells us that He is the light of this world (John 8:12) and by reading His word, our steps are guided and He God leads us: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). God does not lead us wrong nor does He want to harm us and scripture is clear on this. However, we cannot ever add to or take away from God’s word as it is infallible and complete and when we follow His word and apply it to our lives, God will lead us and direct our paths: “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil (Proverb 3:5-7)