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Can We Understand the Bible Alike?

To make such a statement is a misnomer. It is impossible for two people to understand anything and not understand it alike. We are not asking the question, “Do we understand the Bible alike?” Rather, “Can we understand the Bible alike?” We all understand that 2 + 2 = 4. If we understand the problem, we understand it alike. It is possible for us to misunderstand the problem—then we would be wrong.

Therefore, our differences arise from our misunderstanding and not our understanding.

There are some things in the Bible we shall never understand. For example, why did Nicodemus go to Jesus by night? What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? When is Christ coming again? The reason we do not know these matters is that they have not been revealed. In Deuteronomy 29:29, we read, “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” Paul said in Ephesians 3:3-4, “How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ).”

So, can we understand the Bible alike? The answer is yes! If we understand it at all, we must understand it alike. God did not give us a book we cannot understand. Let us put this to a test. In John 3, where the Bible says Nicodemus went to the Lord by night, let us ask two questions: 1) Did Nicodemus go to the Lord by night? The answer must be yes, because it is revealed. 2) Why did he go by night? The answer is, We do not know! Why do we not know?—because it is not revealed. Suppose some say it was too hot to travel in the daytime? Suppose some say he was afraid to be seen with the Lord? Now we have some divided in their answers. Those who are divided are divided because they are speaking where the Bible is silent. The answer to the question is not revealed.

Who should be baptized? We are all in agreement if we say a penitent believer is a proper subject for baptism. Why are we thus agreed? The Bible teaches this (Mark 16:15-16; Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 2:37-38). However, has not spoken in this matter.

We can apply this rule to any Bible subject. Let us speak where the Bible speaks. Let us all be in agreement in matters of faith. We can understand the Bible alike.

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