[quote] Simply put, if you’re attracted to ideas that have a good chance of being wrong, and if you’re motivated to prove them right, and if you have a little wiggle room in how you assemble the evidence, you’ll probably succeed in proving wrong theories right.
You cannot outsource truth to the “experts”, because you will get different versions of “truth” depending on which “expert” you lazily allow to decide the “truth” for you.
Gotta learn to do the maths yourself, if you care about truth at all.
At least, learn enough maths to see through enough bullshit, eliminating the scammers until you’re left with the honest, real experts.
Reading (interpretation) rule #1: A word could mean very different things, depending on: by whom, for what, where, when, why, how the word is being used. Carefully observe what the author may possibly mean. Cross-referencing helps a ton.
Rule #2: Test each possible interpretation against its real-world consequences.
Rule #3: The more real-world knowledge you have, the more effective you are at accomplishing #2. For the kinds of subject matter encountered in the Bible, this generally means knowledge of Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, etc.