What Can You Say? The Bible is Not an Open Book

New PictureHave you encountered somebody who told you that the Scripture, or the Word of God , is not an Open Book? I only recognized that such conclusion is worthy of cross-examination, and I invite you to comment on this. If you have time, just drop a comment and tell me what you believe. I do not require that you agree with me, but let us have a comparative awareness.

To give you some few details of this understanding, the proponents of this conclusion believes that an individual is not allowed to read the scripture by himself/herself because they cannot understand it apart from the guidance of somebody. They used the scene where a eunuch from Ethiopia (Acts 8:27-39) can’t understand the scripture that he is reading, thereby requiring somebody, or their minister, to explain it to you.

Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

This is one reason why some people do not want to read the scripture, because they have heard that  they cannot understand it. To some, it’s like a forbidden book, like it was declared before. Some people were scared that some have already lost their mind just because they studied the word of God by themselves. I have met many patient in hospitals for mental health and have not found somebody with that background. Are there passages in the scriptures that you cannot understand? And  why is it that the scripture is not easily understood? Is it really  a Closed Book?

12 thoughts on “What Can You Say? The Bible is Not an Open Book

  1. I personally don’t have any issues reading scripture. I do think some passages can be left to interpretation of the individual. If the person in question is already unstable who knows what they could make of any reading material. I think like with Shakespeare, the language of the Bible can at first seem intimidating. Great thought provoking question:)

    • Thank you for your comment. I like your use of the word “unstable”, for even Peter ,the apostle, mentioned of some difficult portions in what Paul was teaching.

      2Pe 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.”

      Those who were unlearned and unstable are the ones wresting the Scripture. But even in this passage, it is apparent that an apostle can still encounter such difficulty, how much more those who didn’t even take time to search it. This is among the scapegoat others employ and they were tricked to depend on pulpits on spiritual things.

  2. The Truth remains bright.You believe with your heart.The bible is the love you feel for others ,The good deeds you do . The bible is ,Christ came to the world to give us the gift of salvation .Even school children understand this.Jalal

    • Thanks for your mention on children. I recognize that even unto them, God can unveil the truth. However, they should be guided especially concerning literal interpretations during their reading. For example, some of them were familiar of what others called as ‘gospel songs’ and there are lyrics that could mislead or endanger them.

      Isa 43:2 “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

      And the younger who just heard from their elder sister or brother might do so, taking the reference on them.

      Contenders of the Closed Book theology might ask us, ‘if you believe that school children can understand it, why did Peter find it difficult?’ (2 Pet.3:16 as I mentioned to Ionia on the comment above.)

  3. Apart from the guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT it can be difficult, but in the book of James it tells us that if we lack wisdom we should ask for it. An unsaved person won’t understand what the Spirit says because they are at enmity with GOD. The more a saved person reads it the more familiar they become with it, and a good commentary is also a help. When I first got saved I started with the Living but really like the KJV and the NKJV. It is good to have a Bible that is annotated, as it gives you a better understanding. Seems to me if you are saved and love the LORD then reading and finding out more about the one you will spend eternity with is a given.

    • Thank you.That is to be exact for we can read

      1Co 2:14 ” But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ”

      The Holy Spirit is the One Who applies the word of God to our hearts, and only by Him can one have an access to understanding. So unless that school children is already in Christ, he cannot understand it.

      But we can also read that “faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God” (Rm.10:17). However, the Closed Book theologians will tell you that you needed someone like them, the one being “SENT” as mentioned in the same chapter 10 of Romans, as a necessity before one can hear. They will tell you that they are the only one authorized to bring the message and not just anybody else. And to tell you, Millions are heading that wrong direction regarding Bible interpretation and understanding.I presumed you are aware of many groups like that. I have friends in those camps and I wish and pray that God’s Spirit may illumine unto them the truth.

  4. I personally don’t have a problem reading and understanding scripture, but that wasn’t always the case either. The bible can be a little mind boggling. The scripture says “study to show thyself approved”. I don’t believe I should just let the preacher explain the scripture to me, because what if his interpretation is not correct. Yes, even they are human like I am and we all make mistakes even in reading the bible. Great thought provoking question.

    • Yes, that’s true.Not all our reading are the same,sometimes you understand many things, at times it seems blank, or understanding on certain passages comes just on the following days of reading.
      It is still a common trend nowadays that people depend on ministers instead of taking heed to 2 Tim.2:15, not knowing they can be like bereans in Acts 17:10-11, those who are studying the scriptures to check if what they heard from their ministers were right.And you have a good observation, they can also commit mistake.Like the pastor I’ve met who admitted that it was already 2 years that he is pastoring and that he realized he is not yet saved.There are many unsaved ‘church-goers’ in Christendom.Thanks for participating.

  5. “Wisdom is the perfect blending of Intelligence & Love” ~Emmet Fox. I believe that this explains why it can be hard to read. I have to process the information with my head but it doesn’t turn into a rock solid spiritual truth until I also feel it & know it in my heart. For me, this whole getting to know God thing goes way beyond filling my head with information & being able to quote scripture… to be truly moved by the bible I must know God in my heart. For me it definitely started out as an open book but the more I blend info & heart, the more concrete the bible becomes. That was a bit of a rambling statement… I hope I made sense out of it🙂
    Great topic! Thanks for sharing it! I hope you have a great day!

    • Well said and you made a good point. Because there are people mentioned like this

      2Ti 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. ”

      Knowledge on the head is still different than the output of the heart, and that is what it makes it glorifying to God.Yes! It’s a great day today.Hoping that readers will learn from this simple discussion.Thanks!

  6. The Bible is a closed book to those who have not given their lives to Christ–some intellectual understanding may be gained, but without the Holy Spirit unfolding its inner truths to you, it’s just words falling on deaf ears. Just empty facts and information. This is why the Pharisees were unable to accept Jesus as the Christ–they did not have “ears to hear.” As for those who have accepted Christ, it is important to study alone AND to study in a group. It’s very easy to interpret Scripture into something it isn’t–that’s why we all have to be accountable to each other, and be tested by others who are strong in the faith.

    • Thanks Abigail. I agree also with your observation. Pharisaic knowledge were rampant until this time. The reason they don’t open the scripture is because of their heart that’s still closed. And only His Spirit can unlock it by His grace as God did to Lydia (Acts 16:14). It’s truly a necessity for those who have already believed in Him to study for themselves the Manual book for a Christian walk, and to grow in studying with others. Good day.

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