Why you don't like the Bible. (part 2)
In a previous post, I wrote￼ about why people don't like the Bible. Most people do not like things they cannot understand. People avoid what they can't comprehend, especially when there is no hope of grasping it. I believe that not understanding the Bible is one of the reasons people do not like it. Why is it so difficult to understand? By analysing the answers to this question, I hope to bring new light and to give you a renewed interest in this immortal book.
The Bible is clear that it will be difficult to understand, in II Peter 3:16.
"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."
The first reason we looked at for this was because it is Gods word.
The second reason we do not understand the Bible is because we are separated from Bible events by 2000 years.
My family and I moved to Ireland in 2008. Upon our arrival, although we had all the modern conveniences as in the United States, there was a different, refreshing way that people thought, talked, and went about life. Even their views of politics and relationships were different. As close as the cultures may be in many aspects, there is still a distinct uniqueness to each. Similarly, when we approach the Bible we need to realise that not only are we reading a writing from another culture, but there is also a 2,000 year gap in time, from now and when it was written. Even though it is translated into english, we have to realise that because of the time and culture gap, there will be instances where we find verses and passages that are difficult to understand. This is all due to our modern, technological, western way of thinking. With a little study into the culture of the Jews, Romans and societies at the time it will help us to gain a greater understanding of the scriptures and build our faith in the word of God. This is why the Bible admonishes us to study.
II Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
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