You Can Understand The Bible

J. D. Conley
April 7, 2013

People are always saying they cannot understand the Bible. If that is true it impugns God. It says “God gave us a book to live by that we can’t understand.” How senseless that would have been on God’s part. The Bible is the very revelation of God Himself to us. Without the Bible we would not even know there is a God, much less what His will for us is. It only follows that an all-knowing God should know how to communicate with His creatures. To say the Bible is too hard to figure out reflects negatively upon God.

The truth is the Bible can be understood, (John 8:32, Eph. 3:4, 2 Timothy 2:15). Why study a book, (2 Tim. 2:15) if it can never be understood? The reason so many claim that the Bible cannot be understood is that they do not invest the time and energy needed to understand it. Who can understand any book, whether it be about science, history, math or any other subject, without reading and studying it? The Bible is no different. The problem is not in the understanding of God’s will, it is in the doing of God’s will.

Too many clearly understand what that is, reject it, then make the claim in their defense, the Bible is too hard to understand, when in reality they are thinking it’s too hard to obey. But even that is not the case. John says regarding the commandments of God that they “are not grievous,” (1 John 5:3). Nonetheless, most do not want to know what God requires of them.

It is certainly the case that anyone of average intelligence can understand the Bible. To say less detracts from God’s ability to communicate with man. That is not to say there are no difficult verses, there are some. That is not to say it does not take a concerted effort to learn the Bible, it does. That is not to say the Bible does not demand some hard things from us, it does. The hardest being penitent over sin, and resolved to turn from the “pleasures of sin” (Hebrews 11:25).

Since the Bible is a Book from God, we would expect it to be profound in parts. Man cannot master it entirely, no matter how diligent a student he may be. But the tenants the Bible contains regarding man’s salvation and staying in a saved state with God, can easily be understood. By reading the Bible we can learn all things that “pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). May our prayer be that of David’s, “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18).