Interpreting Ellen G. White's Writings
Here are some very helpful principles. Reading them for yourself and then reading and discussing them with others is probably an effective plan. That way you've already rustled up your own questions on the principles and can engage in more fruitful dialogue.
Neither these principles, nor the writings of Ellen G. White are to replace Bible study. Where relevant, they can accompany Bible study. But all Bible studis should be first and foremost a study of the Bible as we've come to know it via 66 books from Genesis to Revelation.
- Begin With a Healthy Outlook
- Focus on the Central Issues
- Account for Problems in Communication
- Study All Available Information on a Topic
- Avoid Extreme Interpretations
- Take Time and Place Into Consideration
- Study Each Statement in Its Literary Context
- Recognize Ellen White's Understanding of the Ideal and the Real
- Use Common Sense
- Discover the Underlying Principles
- Realize That Prophets Are Not Verbally Inspired, Nor Are They Infallible or Inerrant
- Avoid Making the Counsels "Prove" Things They Were Never Intended to Prove
- Make Sure Ellen White Said It