Pondering Interpretation in the Scriptures

How do we interpret Scripture? Are we supposed to only understand timeless principles with the context of the passage in mind? Or, are there some verses that, even though they have a particular situation in mind, are valid to be thought of when considering more than just topics in the particular situation.

1 Timothy 4:4-5 will be my example (although, upon looking over it again, may not be the best example).
“For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the Word of God and prayer.”
The verses before it seem to point to the thought that this verse is primarily spoken of concerning those “who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created…” (v. 3).
So, must we interpret a passage such as this, based on the topics that seem to be the situation it is written for, or can we claim that it is a principal with universal implications?…Or is it just a case-by-case thought to be considered from passage to passage?

About Aaron Golby

Christian. Husband to Katherine.
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