Principles for Biblical Interpretation
- The Canonical Principle
- The "Unity of Scripture" Principle
- The Literal Interpretation Principle
- The Spiritual Discernment Principle
- The Christological Principle
In terms of scriptural unity, I could list pages of contradictions or link to someone else who has already done the work (Be aware that I disagree with most of the conclusions reached at the Skeptics Annotated Bible.) Most of these are minor concerning dates and other trivia. Some of them are more significant. This principle ignores the progression in ideas among the Isrealites. For example, Satan does not appear in books written before the exile.
The canonical principle is based on the principle of "Sola Scriptura." The Bible is read by people, each with their own preconceived ideas, worldview, and biases. It was written for people in a culture that is far different from ours. We need to be aware of this, because it is impossible for us to read the Bible apart from our culture. In the book of Revelation, many of our conclusions of end time events are based on our Adventist traditions. Someone else would not necessarily come to the same conclusion. This is why the fourth principle is extremely important, if you are concerned about coming up with the "correct" Biblical interpretation.