Ok, here is my kind request: If you have no idea what your talking about, please don't reply. lol In other words, if your not at least somewhat familiar with the study of hermeneutics, and especially the various schools of thought in biblical hermeneutics, then you may not be able to answer my question. I'll give a personal example. I became confused about some questions regarding Greek roots and declensions. My pastor lovingly told me, "Your asking questions beyond your learning. Wait till you take Greek." Basically he said, your questions are dumb son, hold off to Greek 101. hahaha! I love it. So here is my question: Consider the following, "The Bible should be interpreted in the same manner, that is, by the same principles, as any other book." I do not think the idea presented above is saying the Bible is just like any other book. It's saying it should be interpreted under the same principles. For some reason this is just not sitting well with me. I don't believe then in resorting to allegorical or mystical interpretations. Yet, where is the illumination of the Spirit along with this grammatico-historical method?