scale Weigh the Verses Scale

On this web site, it is our goal to teach you to learn God's way by relying upon God's Holy Spirit to guide you in what God would teach you to believe.

As you study a subject, you will find information all througout the scriptures. Not all of them will be easily understood, especially standing by themselves. 

Even Peter wrote, "... just as our dear brother Paul wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction." 2 Peter 3:15-16

My friend Polly taught me a useful visual tool.  Use the concept of weighing the verses on an old fashion scale as the one in the picture.

As you study a Bible subject, draw a scale. Put all verses that seem to indicate one thing on one side of your paper. Put the unclear verses or those that seem to be saying something else on the other. The scale will usually "tip" to one side. 

Some verses will have more "weight" in making a final judgment than others. If you were to weigh a pillowcase of feathers and compare it to a pillowcase of glass marbles, the scale would lean toward the marbles. Or, if you count out 12 marbles and 12 feathers, the marbles will weigh more. 

For example, in making a decision to change jobs, some pros will outweigh others: An increase in salary might not be as important to you as stability of employment.
The point is the number of verses tallied do not tell the whole story. 

Click here for an example.

Try this activity on your next study.

Nancy Vandemark