Why is the Bible hard to understand?

Some people have told me that the Bible is hard to understand. Others seem to be able to grasp it without a problem. Why the difference?

Certainly it would help people if they understood the original languages. It would also help them if they understood biblical era history. But none of those are necessary. We simply need to understand what God has said. However, people who have not been shown allowed by God to understand the Bible are unable to do so.

Luke 24:45

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.

1 Corinthians 2:14

14But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.

So we see some people are simply unable to understand the things of the Spirit of God because they cannot understand them.

IF you want to know what God has said, you have to have the Spirit of God. You must be saved to fully understand what God has said. Another thing that can help is asking God to give us knowledge and wisdom and to open our eyes to the truth He has provided for us.

John 11:22

“Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

James 1:5

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Its not that God doesn’t want you to understand His word. Its that our minds have to be prepared for it. God has to open our minds open to it.If you are not understanding God’s word, then repent from your sins and turn to God in faith and the Holy Spirit will open your minds, and the Bible will be much easier to understand.

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4 Responses

  1. I tend to agree with you. There is a difference in reading the text and receiving the text. People have to be open to receiving the text. Otherwise, it is to them something worthless and too difficult to understand.

    • I’ve known a lot of “christians” who would complain the Bible was too hard for them to understand. It seems to me it was because while they claim Christ, Christ didn’t know them – or so their lives seemed to reflect.

  2. Don’t you think then, that if Christians are saying that, that it is their excuse not to read the bible and engage the text?

    • It might be an excuse. But I think it is probably the truth – the text is probably too hard for them to read because the Holy Spirit has not opened their minds to the truth and shown them what God has said.

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