If the Bible Is Clear, Why Are There So Many Opinions?


Leaders of the Protestant Reformation, particularly Luther but also Calvin, affirmed the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture. Basically, the doctrine (as it has developed) teaches that all Christians can and should read the Bible with spiritual profit, no magisterium necessary.

And yet one of the biggest arguments against this view is the sheer size of the Logos Bible Software products list: if the Bible is so clear, why do we have so many commentaries and journals and books and dictionaries, all of which by no means agree and some of which exist for the major purpose of disagreeing with all who have gone before?

In a series of three articles, I want to clarify the doctrine of the clarity of Scripture, show the value of Bible difficulties, and suggest a way forward in a world full of conflict over the Bible.

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How to Find Every Time Peter Addresses Jesus

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Throughout the Bible there are conversations or dialog that the Logos team calls Reported Speech. In a previous version of the software, the Speakers in the speech were identified, and now in Logos 7 the Addressees have been tagged, too!

Perhaps we think, and rightly so, that we don’t need assistance identifying senders and receivers in a conversation. A simple reading of the biblical passage usually reveals that information.

The real value of labeling Speakers and Addressees, however, lies in searching! For example, traditionally we say Peter speaks up to Jesus when others tend to remain silent. In Logos 7 we can test that claim by easily and quickly find where Peter speaks to Jesus.

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3 Logos Shortcuts You Can Use Right Away

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Bible study isn’t supposed to be fast. It takes time to mine biblical riches. But it’s the digging that should take time, not the shovel selection process. That’s why I use keyboard shortcuts, so I can call up tools fast and put them to use. Keyboard shortcuts are almost always faster than using the mouse.

Here are three Logos shortcuts you can start using in your study right away.

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How to Quickly Find the Right Media for Your Message


The old adage says a picture is worth a thousand words. Toward that end, most churches project images and videos to complement biblical teaching. Recognizing the widespread use of media in churches, Faithlife incorporated new features in Logos 7 to assist in not only developing messages, but also delivering them! This goal is especially true in the new and improved Media tool combining Media Browser and Visual Copy from Logos 6.

Let’s take a look at a specific example to see this tool in action.

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How to Make Your Logos Screen Look Like a Pro’s

organize-screen-like-proI frequently have lots of books and Bible and articles and dictionaries and commentaries and guides and search tabs open in Logos. How do I organize and manage them?

Like a pro, a Logos Pro.

If you let me give you some basic tips on how to organize your screen, I’ll reveal an extra trick for those truly dedicated to window management.

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How to Jump from Your English Bible to a Greek or Hebrew Lexicon in a Click

jump-english-lexiconI jokingly tell participants who attend Camp Logos, “Logos Bible Software will do everything but wash your dishes!” It really is that powerful. From building a Passage Guide report to searching your Library for a concept to in-depth original language work, Logos is here to help.
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How to Compare Translations Like a Bible Nerd

compare-translations-like-bible-nerd-blogI constantly compare Bible translations during Bible study and exegesis. But not everyone sees the value in this practice, and some are outright skeptical: they think I’m inviting confusion, a he-said, she-said method of exegesis. Or they think it’s too much work for too little profit. All I know is that over and over again, comparing translations has been helpful to me as I seek to understand the Bible. I can’t come up with a list of astounding examples off the top of my head; the help I get is often subtle—though it adds up.
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How to Sync Your Notes across All Your Interlinear Bibles

sync-your-notesThe Notes document in Logos is helpful and versatile, allowing us to accumulate all our research for a topic, passage, sermon, etc. in one location.  Within this document, we can create various types of individual notes such as:

  • User-created notes
  • Notes attached to verses
  • Notes attached to selected text

For years if we attached a note to a Bible verse, that note would show up in all of our Bibles and commentaries. If, however, we attached a note to selected text— just a few words rather than the entire verse—that note would only show up in the Bible in which it was created. But things have changed in Logos 7! Using the power of the reverse interlinear, we can attach a note to selected text in one Bible and it will appear on the corresponding text in other interlinear Bibles!

Let’s take a look at a specific example:

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How to Quickly Find Every Rhetorical Question in the New Testament

how-find-rhetoricalHow would you find all the rhetorical questions in the New Testament—like “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

Finding such questions—questions which aren’t seeking answers but are instead making statements—is a tougher task than it may first appear. As far as I know, Logos 7 is the only tool that can do it.
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How to Easily View Multiple Resources at the Same Time

view-multiple-resourcesAs you probably know, Logos 7 is here! So I hope you’re discovering and enjoying its many new features. Today I’ll highlight one new feature that has been much anticipated by many Logos users: Multiview Resources.

For years Logos has had the ability to link multiple panels so that they scroll together. For example, when we link a Bible to a commentary and jump to John 3:16 in the Bible, the commentary automatically follows along.

Multiview Resources is similar in that resources follow the leader, but now all the resources reside in the same panel! Let’s take a look at an example with daily calendar devotionals:
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