Is The Bible Understandable #1
I believe I have in past articles presented sufficient evidence to prove the Bible is an inspired book of God.
This being true, then it would be a great tragedy if the contents of this book have been presented unto us in a way so as to place them beyond our capability of comprehension. Personally I do not believe this is true. So I invite you to read and consider with me carefully some facts which I believe will show God has given unto us a book which can be understood.
In the first place we know God is all knowing. So, if the Bible is a book which cannot be understood, then it necessarily follows that in giving us the Bible, He was well aware that He was giving us a book which we could not understand. However, if this be the case, then why did He bother to give it? This would make no sense at all.
Then, too, we know that with God nothing is impossible. So if He did not give us a bible which we can understand, it was not because such would have been an impossible task for Him. Therefore, again I ask why didn't He? Why did He object to our understanding what He said He wanted us to know?
Oh, yes, my readers, the fact that God saw fit to give us the Bible is enough to convince me He knew we would be able to understand it.
Again, if God gave us a book which is incomprehensible, then He is not a God of love and mercy, but to the contrary, He is a mean, unmerciful and cruel God.
Now why do I say this? Because He selected a group of men and charged them with the responsibility of teaching the message of the Bible to every creature in the world. Now keep in mind He placed this responsibility upon them, knowing that they in so doing would have to make many sacrifices and suffer many hardships. Yes, He knew many of them would even be put to death.
Tradition has it, that all the apostles were put to death, except John.
Tell me, dear reader, if you had written a book which you knew people were not capable of understanding, would you be mean enough to demand of others, that they (at great personal cost), go and teach its contents to every creature in the world?
Now all of us know that God is not cruel and unmerciful. So, I submit to you that since He gave unto us the Bible, and then demanded many men (at a great cost to themselves) to go teach its message to others, well He knew He had given us a message which we were capable of understanding.
Also, if the Bible is a book which cannot be understood, then it makes many false claims for itself, a few of which I will call to your attention.
John 17:17 says that the word of God is truth. Then John 8:32 says a knowledge of the truth (the word of God) will make us free.
John 20:30-31 and Romans 10:13-17 say one may become a believer by reading or hearing the written word of God.
2 Timothy 3:14-15 says the holy Scriptures are able to make us wise unto salvation.
Acts 17:10-12 says a knowledge of the scriptures will enable us to discern between the true and false teachers.
Romans 1:15-17 says the word of God is His power of salvation.
Acts 20:32 says the word of God is able to build us up and give us an inheritance.
Matthew 7:24 says hearing and doing the teachings of Jesus (or the teachings of the New Testament) will result in our becoming like unto a wise man who built his house upon a rock. James 1:21 says the word of God is able to save our souls.
James in James 1:25 wrote "but whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds"
John 6:45 says hearing and learning the word of God will enable people to come unto Jesus. Paul in 2 Timothy 2:2 said to the young preacher Timothy "And the things that thou has heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
Yes, the Bible claims to be capable of doing all these things. however, if it is a book which we are unable to understand, then these claims are indeed false.
However, those of us who believe that the Bible is a book given unto us by God, know there are no false claims to be found in it.
Therefore, the passages we have considered in this article serves to assure us God has given us a great and wonderful book, which we can understand.
By: Tommy Hodge
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