When establishing doctrine according to Scripture, it is imperative to establish a set of rules for Biblical interpretation. Something needs to serve as a guide to keep us from misusing texts, or drawing conclusions as to the meaning of texts contrary to its intended purposes. It is all too easy to enter into a search of Scripture to find support for our presuppositions rather than to carefully limit our understanding to the things God has clearly allowed us to reasonably be assured of and is in context with the intended purpose and topic addressed. Often times if we are not careful we will find ourselves falling into the trap of seeking only for ‘proof texts’ to find support for presuppositions or texts we have carelessly, accidentally, or wrongfully misappropriated for our own uses. Here is a guide that I have found to be very helpful in my own search of Scriptures meanings. I have placed into my own words thoughts that were established due to the efforts and study of godly men in days gone by. 1.) Different passages of Scripture need to be harmonized, so as not to allow them to be seen as contradictory, one to another, if at all possible. (2.) Careful notice must be made of the subject matter addressed. All conclusions as to the meaning(s) implied should be found to be consistent with the language used within the passage 3.) Caution must be exercised to make sure that we have given careful attention to the general design and scope of the one speaking or the author. (4.) If a text can be clearly shown to support more than one theory the text can not be shown to prove either. (5.) God is the source of all truth. When drawing conclusions in regard to a particular text, we must, if possible, attach a meaning to the language utilized that will not be found to be in direct opposition with matters of fact, sound philosophy, the natural order of things, first truths of reason, or matters of immutable justice.