You're just trying to draw me into an argument, aren't you?
Yeah, I agree.
You have to take the verses in context. Granted, there are multiple ways to view a specific passage, but the context usually shows the proper interpretation. You also have to judge specific verses against the entire Bible and what it says in many different areas. I would suggest that those "ten verses" you spoke of, if they are about the same subject, would provide at least a sliver of proof for an argument, unless they are taken out of context as many people do nowadays.
Yes, studying the verses is necessary for a good understanding of the topic they deal with.
I wasn't implying that the Bible should be used to further a person's own agenda or prove their argument, but rather to be taken as the absolute authority on a certain subject (within the parameters I mentioned above).
While no one's interpretation of Scripture is completely infallible (the Holy Spirit provides the necessary insight in certain cases), the actual text is, which is why I prefer to use it as my guide in everything.
I apologize if I misunderstood anything you said.