Can we understand the bible alike? The question gets into the mind of many. In this article lets discover the answers for the same.
Eph. 5:14-47, Wherefore he saith, “Awake thou that sleepest and arises from the dead, and Christ shah give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the day; are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise. but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
Consider the frustration existing in many hearts concerning the understanding of the scriptures: “If the learned doctors cannot agree, how can we the unenlightened laymen hope to understand?” “The Bible means one thing to me, another to you.” We can’t reach an agreement so that we will disagree.” Others turn away in disgust and reject the Bible.
Consequences involved in affirming we cannot understand the Bible alike.
Since the Bible claims for itself to be a revelation of God’s will to man, I Cor. 2: 10,15. If men cannot come to a mutual understanding of it, then God failed in His attempt to reveal His will to man. Thus He would be subject to error and the weakness of mistake and not all-powerful and divine.
If the impossibility lies in man’s inability to understand the Bible, then we have God the creator of man, demanding unity of faith of us when we are not capable of rendering it. This would make God unjust and unmerciful, a slanderous charge against his character.
If we cannot understand the Bible alike, no one can be sure he understands it at all. Thus humankind is left without any sure guide, lost on a storm-tossed sea of doubt and confusion, temptation and sin without chart or compass. He cannot successfully direct his steps, Jer. 10: 23. He cannot be sure of what is right or wrong; he cannot save himself, Rom. 3: 23. Hence, if this charge is real, we are of all creatures most miserable. How can we bear to live? How dare we to die?
If the Bible cannot be understood, then God is guilty of giving a useless Book to the world that has been one of the chief sources of disagreement among the human family.
If men cannot understand Bible, then man is greater than God, for many men have written instructions or rule books and textbooks . All who study them, with diligence have recognized it. And they are understood alike.
Affirm that we can understand the Bible, and we can understand it alike.
We can, because the Bible is a book everyone can understand. God gave us the divine book and guided the writers to write absolute truth, II Tim. 3: 16-17. “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.”
Eph. 3:3, “how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words. Whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ.” Many different people have read and understood the Bible alike. Independent Christians in Formosa, Norway, Russia, India, Ethiopia, and Spain have read the Bible to the same understanding as to the churches of Christ in this country. Man is capable of comprehending it.
He can educate his mind to understand it, Just as he can by study understand a text book on algebra, rules of a game, or regulations of an organization . The Bible itself gives testimony to the point that it can be understood. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” John 8: 32. “If any man willeth to do His will, he shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself.”
II Tim. 2: 15, “Give the diligence to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling the word of truth aright.”
Acts 17:11, “Now these were nobler than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, examining the scriptures daily, whether these things were so.”
Ps. 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto’ my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Ps. 119: 130, “The opening of thy words giveth light; It giveth understanding unto the simple.”
Eph. 5:17. “Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
2 Tim. 3:16-17, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, or reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.”
1 Cor. 1:10, “Now I beseech you, brethren, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfected together in the same mind and the same judgment.”
All these scriptures testify the one and same point. We can understand the Bible: we can understand it alike.
God expects all Christians to study diligently, carefully and prayerfully that we “all might speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among us, but that we are perfected together in the same mind and the same judgment,” I Cor. 1:10.
You and I can understand the Bible. Any honest soul, willing to lay aside all prejudice and previous religious indoctrination, desiring to know God’s will and obey it. Regardless of what any man thinks or says, can understand it.
Are you willing to recognize Jesus as the one with all, authority in the world today? We can understand it alike and united in Christian fellowship. It is not what the Bible teaches that divides us; rather what the Bible does not show. The traditions, creeds, and religious teaching created in the minds of men keep us apart. Won’t you cast them aside as filthy garments and build your house on the never falling Scriptures?