|1. Establish the correct frame of reference; establish the point of view.
2. Make no conclusions without examining and considering the whole Word of God.
3. Accept only those conclusions that are consistent with the whole Word of God.
4. Interpret narrative passages in light of didactic or instructive passages and illustrations in light of principles. (Certain passages have as their main thrust the teaching of principles and doctrines; others illustrate the principles and doctrines mainly through portraying human history. Interpret the narrative passages in light of the teaching passages.)
5. Take any passage literally unless its context clearly indicates that it should be taken figuratively or symbolically. (The Bible gives cues when it is to be taken symbolically or figuratively.)
6. Accept a symbol definition only if it is defined as such elsewhere in the Scripture.
7. Be prepared to draw more than one message or application from a passage.
8. Be alert to occasional problems in translation from the original language.
A paradox is a seeming contradiction that can be resolved by any one or more of the following means:
1. Establishing the true frame of reference, or point of view, of a given passage or passages.
2. Establishing the correct definition of a given system or systems under consideration.
3. Observing over a longer or shorter range of magnitude (as in two comings - broaden point of view).
4. Observing eleven or more dimensions.
5. Gathering more detailed and/or complete information.