Is The Bible Understandable #2
Convince me that the Bible is a book which cannot be understood and I will burn mine. Why not? If it cannot be understood, then it must be branded as being one hundred percent useless.
No, I am not about to discard my Bible because with my heart I believe it is a Book from God which can be understood. So the purpose of this article shall be to continue presenting supportive evidence. God in 1 John 3:4 says sin is transgression of His law. Therefore, I submit to you, that if we cannot understand the scriptures, then God has demanded of us many impossible things. Please consider with me the following scriptures and you will see what I mean.
Yes, we're demanded to rebuke those who trespass (or sin) against us and to forgive them if they repent (Luke 17:3-4).
Matthew 18:15 says we are to talk with those who have sinned against us.
Galatians 6:1 says we are to restore those who sin.
James 5:16 and 1 John 1:9 say we are to confess our sins.
1 Timothy 5:20 says the minister is to rebuke before all, the sins committed by members of the congregation.
The elders of the church are demanded to withdraw fellowship from those who sin but refuse to repent (Matthew 18:15-17; 2 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6)
We as individual members of God's family are demanded to have no company or fellowship with other members who have sinned and will not repent (2 Corinthians 5:10-12; 2 Thessalonians 3:14). 1 Timothy 5:22 says we are not to be partakers of other men's sins.
Romans 6:15 says children of God are to turn away from sin.
Oh, yes, if sin is transgression of God's law, and if we cannot understand God's law, then the above cited scriptures prove beyond a doubt that God has demanded the impossible.
Now, why do I say this? Because if we cannot understand "God's law", then it necessarily follows we cannot know when another person has sinned.
No, we cannot conclude that others have transgressed what is taught in a particular passage of scripture, if neither they nor we understand it.
Then, too, if the Bible is a book which cannot be understood there are many other scriptures (which address different subjects) that also show God has demanded the impossible.
Yes, God demands of us (His people) that we all speak the same things, and that there be no division among us (1 Corinthians 1:10). Then in verse 13 we hear him ask "is Christ divided?"
If the Bible is not understandable, then tell me please, how shall we all speak the same thing and thus avoid division?
Again, God demands that we offer no assistance to those who teach that which is not in harmony with what Jesus has taught (2 John 9-11).
My readers, if the teachings of Jesus as found recorded in the New Testament cannot be understood, then this is indeed another impossible demand. How shall we (without understanding) separate the teachings which are of Jesus from those that are not?
In Colossians 2 God, through Paul, says He has given us all His teachings through Jesus. Then in verse 21 He demands that we are not to touch, taste, or handle the commandments and doctrines of men. Now, I ask, if the teachings of Jesus, as recorded in the New Testament, cannot be understood, then is it possible for us to comply with this demand?
Obviously the answer is no, and a thousand times no.
Now, I am sure that all of us who believe in God, and also believe the Bible is His book, do not believe God has demanded of us the impossible.
Therefore, in light of what is said in the above cited scriptures, it seems to me we must also agree that God has given us a book which we can understand.
So my readers, I have three things to suggest to you:
ONE, Study your bible,
TWO, Study your bible,
THREE, Study your bible.
By: Tommy Hodge
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