Understanding The Bible

Q. Why is so much of the Bible hard to understand? Not impossible but hard! I’ve come to the conclusion was that it was meant to be that way. If the Bible read like a long list of rules or a concise way to live your life from A to Z where would be the passion that comes from studying the word? Would people dedicate their entire lives to learning scripture? What do you think?

A. I believe the truth is there in black and white for all to see, but that we must look and learn, and then we can understand. I’m not saying we have to know it all. On the contrary, God gave us a path straight to him through his Son, and all he requires of us is that we accept his gift of salvation (John 6:28-29). But like anything else in life, if we really love something we want to learn all we can about it, exhausting every resource. I believe that is what God would like to see of us where He’s concerned!

He said we will find Him when we seek Him with all our heart. I think this applies to discovering all the nuances of His character, not just learning about His salvation. The more we study the more we learn about Him, the more we learn the more we’ll love Him, and the stronger our faith will grow. Theologians often describe this stronger faith as His reward to the diligent student.

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