Why you don't like the Bible. (part 3)
The Bible is the best selling book every year. There are many people
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" II Timothy 3:16
The Bible was written to teach us, and we are going to look at another reason people find it difficult to understand.
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 do not understand the Bible is because it is truly Gods' words.
The second reason is because we are separated from Bible events by 2000 years.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
In these verses the Bible is clear, the third reason people do not understand the Bible is because they are a wilful unbeliever. For the wilful unbeliever, the Bible comes across as an obscure, perplexing book.
What does it mean to be a wilful unbeliever?
The term "wilful unbeliever" refers to the person who wilfully rejects Jesus Christ's sacrifice on the cross as the full payment for their sins. To believe on Christ alone, also means to reject the notion that there is anything I can do to add to Jesus' payment, or take away from it. To be a wilful believer is to reject the notion that I was born a Christian. The Bible teaches that every man must be converted to Christianity, which is to make the decision to wilfully believe on Jesus Christ alone to save us. God has designed the Bible so that it is hard to understand unless you believe.
"He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." John 3:18
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6
The Bible is very clear that salvation/heaven is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone. It is a gift that must be received. If someone does not believe this, it is the reason that they find the Bible difficult to understand. When someone becomes a "wilful" believer, the Bible opens up and becomes understandable.
Discover how you can become a wilful believer today!
See this video.
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