"The Bible is so tough!"
"The Bible is so difficult to read” is one of the oddest statements I ever hear about the Scripture for two reasons:
1) God desires that we know His message for us. Since He is expressing a message of His great love for humanity, of course, He would want us to know that message! That is why the Bible was preserved for us when so many other works were destroyed and did not stand the test of time. That is why He has moved so many people to translate this text into so many languages!
2) Anyone can read it. Though having trained people is a help and guide, having trained, seminary pastors teaching the Bible is NOT the only way to know the Bible. (In fact, there were problems in parts of the early church that only a priest or pastor could interpret the Bible – that was rejected as heresy.)
I wonder if thinking “The Bible is so difficult to read” is based on old information? When is the last time someone who said that really tried? Was it difficult at one point but perhaps easier now?
Watch how easy it can be: (Gal 1:1-5)
Paul, an apostle—not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers who are with me,
To the churches of Galatia:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
- Who wrote this letter? Paul.
- To whom did he write it? Christians in the Galatian church.
- Where does the message originate? Not from men, but from God Himself.
- What does this apostle, on behalf of God, extend to the Galatians? Grace.
- How is He able to do that? He paid the price to show us what grace looks like. He did so out of the will of God the Father, the One who will reign forever.
How about that? From a quick reading, with no study notes, cross-references, seminary classes or training in Greek, we can see that Paul, the apostle, on behalf of God (who knows a thing or two about grace) simply wishes that the Church is reminded of His grace and peace.
That is worthy of meditating on all day long.
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