Why Isn’t the Bible Easy to Interpret?

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Anyone who has invested serious time into studying Scripture knows that it isn’t always easy to understand. For sure, there are core ideas in the Bible that are straightforward and quite within the grasp of most readers to understand. But to be honest, most of the Bible isn’t like that. You can’t just immediately understand the content of its pages after one read. A number of passages take sustained attention for days, weeks, months, and perhaps years. And in some cases, even scholars can’t agree, which is why the meaning of certain passages is still being debated thousands of years after they were written.

Why is Bible interpretation so problematic? Why didn’t God make his Word easy to understand in every passage?

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Get Up to 70% Off!

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The final votes have been tallied for Logos March Madness and N.T. Wright has been crowned the Champion—which means you can now save 70% off his select works. Even if you were one of the thousands that cast votes for J.I. Packer, no worries—you can save 60% off his select works.

With all of these great deals where do you start? Here are a few N.T. Wright and J. I. Packer titles to get you started.

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Crossing the Sacred and Secular Divide

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Christians often fall prey to the notion that the “secular” and “sacred” should be separated. While it’s true that Jesus has called us into his Kingdom, he has also called us back into the world from which we were rescued. Our faith must be grounded in the here-and-now; Jesus’ example was one of engagement with, not detachment from, the physical realm.

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Common Roadblocks on the Journey to Biblical Insight

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To study the Bible in depth, you need to navigate its mysteries and complexities with precision and clarity. The reward of serious study is life-changing insight. And the pursuit of biblical insight is lifelong. It’s a journey that will transform you, and never cease to delight, inspire, and challenge you.

But it isn’t always open road and mirror-smooth asphalt. There are roadblocks, potholes, pitfalls, and detours on the pilgrimage toward scriptural insight. Each person’s journey is unique, but there are some challenges faced by just about every traveler on this road.

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Have I Lost My Old Logos or Libronix Books?

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I first encountered Logos Bible Software in the Libronix days—in what historians of technology now call “the 1990s.” I somehow came into possession of some random CDs with Logos books on them. I confess I didn’t use them so much as I “amassed” them.

Around that same time I got a fantastic deal on the Expositor’s Bible Commentary in another Bible software platform which shall remain nameless out of respect for the dead.

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Why Athanasius’ ‘On the Incarnation’ Is Thrilling, Essential Reading

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It’s hard to overstate the significance of Athanasius’ On the Incarnation of the Word of God. Athanasius ministered in a time when many Christians believed what we today would recognize as heresy. This embattled saint set himself against a pervasive false teaching, resulting in his exile . . . five times over! In the end, orthodoxy won the day, and we have Athanasius to thank for that.

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Why Words Mean What They Do, and Why It Matters for Bible Study

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Out of the inscrutable neuron maelstroms we know as “the brains of small children,” there often come what speech pathologists call “the darnedest things.” My kindergartener said yesterday—and I promise I have no idea where this came from—“What if ‘Lutheran’ meant ‘disqualified’?”

I immediately took his question down verbatim for future blog use. It’s my job. And because my boy has a wannabe linguist-theologian for a father, my own neuron maelstrom—which, since I’m an adult, is easier to scrute—started whirling . . . What if, indeed?

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Finding Christian Unity Amidst Theological Diversity

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It’s common today to hear of the fractured church, the shattered church, the hopelessly broken church. Estimates of the number of denominations can be disheartening, ranging from several hundred to tens of thousands, depending on how you define “denomination.” These statistics are disconcerting to some in light of Christ’s prayer in John 17:21, which sets the stakes for unity pretty high: Jesus asked God the Father “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” The oneness of the church is a sign and witness to the world that Jesus was who he said he was. The implications of getting this wrong are significant. However, by determining what beliefs are essential to orthodoxy and what are not, we can confidently serve alongside Christians with whom we disagree on the nonessentials—thus living out to a greater extent the unity Jesus prayed for.

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5 April Deals You Need to Check Out

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April’s monthly sale gives you more than 100 products to choose from, covering a wide range of topics and resource types. Browse all the deals, or check out these five featured deals—invaluable works at great discounts.

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Blog Image_620x325 CopyThe Tim Keller Collection contains some of Keller’s most popular works, including The Reason for God, The Prodigal God, and Generous Justice. To celebrate this addition to our Logos Library, you can pre-order the Keller collection for just $99.99 and save 20% off the normal Pre-Pub price of $129.99. But hurry—this deal ends tomorrow, April 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Keller’s work has challenged the claims of atheists, confronted Christians about gaps in their social morality, helped a new generation understand the biblical definition of marriage, reinforced biblical moral principles, and enabled believers to grapple with tough questions about prayer, suffering, and the Bible.

Described by Newsweek as the “C.S. Lewis for the 21st century,” Keller provokes readers to take greater ownership of their faith and go to greater lengths to engage the culture around them. And for the first time, his most influential, best-loved works will be available in the Logos format.

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