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Many people do not even try to study the bible because they have been taught that it is beyond their capability to understand.   Why would anyone teach this?  The New Testament, which is that part of the bible that all men are subject to in this day and age, is quite short, and most parts of it are quite easy to understand.  The Old Testament is organized so that the basic concepts that support the New Testament can be grasped with a bit more study.  We encourage you to read through these lessons.  Then ask that question again … why are some people trying to convince me that I cannot understand the bible?  If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail us at prattmont@knology.net.

Article 1 (Satan's Favorite Lie) - on this page below ...

Article 2 (A Review of Jesus' Statements on the Subject)

Article 3 (Difficult Passages)

Article 4 (The Issue of Division)

 
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Satan's Favorite Lie

by Bryan Gibson

 

Jesus had this to say about the devil: “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). We may know some “good” liars, but none of them could possibly measure up to the devil. Among his many lies is this “whopper”: the average man cannot understand the Bible. This lie has kept many from studying the Bible on their own, making them susceptible to a variety of false doctrines.

 

The following points should help expose this lie.

 

First, God desires that we understand His word—that we be “filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Colossians 1:9); that we “have the full riches of complete understanding” (Colossians 2:2); that we “understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17); that we “be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Would God desire that we understand His word, when it is impossible to do so?

 

Coupled with this desire of God is the fact that He has the ability to make his word understandable. Who would argue with that, when according to Jeremiah 32:17, there is nothing too hard for God? Do we honestly think that God failed in His effort to make his word understandable, when that is exactly what He had his heart set on doing? Who among us is willing to make that charge?

 

Consider, too, God’s plans or goals for His word—that which He seeks to accomplish through His word—to produce faith (Romans 10:17); convict us of sin (John 16:7-15), sanctify us (John 17:17), set us free (John 8:31-32), revive, strengthen, and uphold us (Psalms 119:25, 28, 116); equip us for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17), save our souls (James 1:21), etc. God’s word is powerless to do these things—if we cannot understand it.

 

We’ll have more on this subject next week, but let’s close with these words from Deuteronomy 30:11-14, a portion of which is quoted in Romans 10:6-8: “Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?’ No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.”

 

In Lesson 2 we will take up Jesus’ statements with regard to the subject.  Please e-mail us if you have any questions:

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