I looked in the rear view mirror and the car in the adjacent lane seemed to be way behind me. When I switched lanes, his horn was much closer!! What happened? The mirror distorted the view. A distorted view of the Gospel is also dangerous. In the first century church, people peddling their own agenda distorted the Gospel. Why? They had an emotional attachment to certain teachings they could not release. Paul wrote the book of Galatians to challenge believers to remain faithful to the Gospel.
How do we avoid the trap of distorting the teaching of Scripture? Keep the Bible as your primary study book. We may read a lot of books about the Bible but there is only one book inspired by God – the Bible. Keep the verses you study in the context of the book and the book in context of the Bible. Also, avoid seeking to prove “your point” from the Scriptures. The Bible was not written to support our beliefs! Submit to the authority of Scripture. As much as possible, set aside “what you’ve always been taught” and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you truth from the Word.
“I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” Galatians 1:6-7