As readers of God’s word, we need to have the mindset of a detective and follow the trails. When reading a verse or passage we need to take it within the context of all Scripture and more importantly, back track it to its beginning and then following it through to its ending.
Take the following story of Peter as an example from Luke 22.
57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.
58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”
“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.
59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”
60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!
A literal interpretation of this passage means we have to believe that Peter indeed didn’t know Christ and didn’t follow him around. While this is an extreme example and I don’t know any who insist that Peter was telling the truth here, there are many other passages that we can insist on as being absolute truth without taking into consideration its context.