When the Bible Seems Difficult to Understand

John Piper looks at the flip side to the objection that parts of the Bible are too difficult to understand:

It seems to me that if everything were easy and straightforward, no controversy at all, nothing complex, nothing apparently out of sync with my little human brain and its ability to discern contradictions, then I bet there would be a question here like, “If this is really God’s word, why is it so simple?”

I have often thought the same thing. If I understood everything about God and his Word, I would begin to wonder if this was really God’s Word at all. A God that finite human beings can fully understand wouldn’t be much of a God. I would be more inclined to think we made him up. The difficult parts of the Bible just serve to confirm what the Bible clearly proclaims anyways: He is God, and we are not.

        “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the
        things revealed belong to us and to our children forever,
        that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)

        “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we
        shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall
        know fully, even as I am fully known.” (1 Corinthians 13:12)

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2 Comments

  1. Cherelle says:

    I don’t think the Bible is difficult to understand, but rather difficult to accept and apply.

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Cherelle – Great point! As Mark Twain is reported to have said, “It’s not the parts of the Bible I don’t understand that bother me, it’s the parts I do understand!” Of course, once we understand God’s grace for us in Jesus Christ, the hard sayings of the Bible become a lot easier to accept.

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