I have noticed a very discouraging and confusing trend when reading the Bible verse for verse, chapter for chapter—more like a book.
I completely understand that we must consider context, time, culture, etc, but strictly speaking to the reading of a verse, as it appears—it almost never means what it says, in contrast to reading a story book and immediately comprehending the intended meaning.
For example, I have seen this many times; Someone reads a verse and reiterates his understanding of it: "I believe it means X Y Z. Then someone with a theology degree says, "Actually, it does not mean that it all, it really means X+Y-Z^10 because of A+B.
It seems the chances are high that a reader will be mislead based on the initial comprehension of a verse.
What are some methods to read the Bible more like a book, but actually get the intended meaning (at least more closely)? Or is this not possible?
(If you understand the core of this question personally, please feel free to edit to make this better.)