There are several Scriptures that seem to expose contradictions about God. These involve His actions, flaws in His character and general confusion about what He wants from us.
Most books take us from beginning to end in an easy-to-understand order. But the Bible does not always follow an order that we are used to. Watch this video to understand why it can be difficult to read and what we can do to understand more.
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As believers, we know the Bible is true and harmonious, but sometimes that means we need to harmonize scriptures that seem to contradict one another. For example, the Scriptures tell us that the earth will both live forever AND be destroyed - how does that work? How can we apply a particular study technique to help us out?
The Bible is difficult to understand because it was purposely written to be difficult to understand. Why would God set up a plan where everyone does NOT get a fair chance to come to an understanding of the Bible in our present environment? What good could possibly come from such a strategy?
In the immensity and complexity of the book we call the Bible, there are some verses that have become somewhat famous…like the Christmas text “Good tidings of great joy…” The football stadium text “For God so loved the world… the character of God text “God is love…”. Another text that is well known and deeply meaningful is spoken by Jesus to one of the thieves dying on the cross next to him, Jesus said “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise…” This text shows us the power of God’s love as expressed through the compassion of Jesus and his sacrifice and it is truly inspirational in the hope that it portrays. Now, here is a simple and very legitimate question - what was Jesus saying to this thief? What was he promising and why was he promising it? As we find out by examining so many verses of Scripture, what seems to be said is not always what is really meant. So, did Jesus really say what most th
Why is it so hard to understand the Bible? Couldn't God have made it more clear? Doesn't that put billions of people at a disadvantage for eternity?
The Almighty God, Creator of all things, surely could have had the Bible written in such a way that it would be universally understood! Well the fact is, He didn’t! Why not? There is actually a really cool answer to this! Watch our 2-minute vlog for a short answer and listen to the full podcast for more.