On to practical rule #2:

Read the  Bible Existentially

I got hung up on the word ‘existentially’ because it has a different meaning here from what modern philosophy calls existentialism.

What Sproul is saying here is that when we read the Bible, we should try to understand exactly what the people in the story thought, did, said, felt, etc.  We should try to see the situation from their perspective.  To empathize with them.

When we understand what people were thinking, it becomes easier to understand what and why God is saying the things he says.

(I always wondered how the blind guy in Mark 8:23 felt when he heard Jesus preparing to spit in his eyes.  At least he didn’t see it coming!  And, of course, he was healed.  But for a brief moment there is must have been a bit…perplexing.)