How many times do we do that with the Bible? We start studying in the middle of things, with the most difficult things, with things that do not even apply to our lives. What do we get? A big mess.
If one fundamental fact is wrong, you create a long line of false doctrine. Calvinism, anyone?
If one step in logic is left out, you find yourself believing something so ridiculous, you may eventually lose your faith altogether when you come to your senses, or worse, actually come to believe it so emphatically that you take others down the drain with you. How else do some of these strange cults get their start?
If you get bogged down in things far removed from what you really need to get through life, how will you ever grow?
Isn’t it odd that simply being one key away can make such a huge difference? Be careful where you put your time studying the scriptures. Match one passage with another. Anytime your interpretation of something does not jive with another scripture, my guess is that you are at least one key off, maybe more.
Start with the simple, start with what you need to believe to be in Christ. Then move to what you need to live your life every day. Worry about Revelation and Zechariah a little further down the road. Find someone you can trust to help you. Elders come to mind, and good Bible class teachers. But whatever you do, be careful where you put your faith. One step away from the truth is not a good place to be.
Hold the pattern of sound words which you heard from me, in faith and love which is in Jesus Christ. 2 Tim 1;13.