Do Disagreements About the Bible Disprove the Bible?

Some argue that because so many Christians disagree about what the Bible teaches, that must mean the Bible is not true because God would be clear.
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The objection

Here is a summary of the objection:

  1. Christians disagree and argue about what the Bible teaches.
  2. If the Bible were true, then it would be clear enough that Christians would not disagree and argue about what it teaches. If God were truly the author of the Bible, He would have had it written in a way that would not be so hard to understand.

The answer

This is a terrible argument against the Bible because the second premise above is completely wrong.

Question for the objector

To the objector: What is your evidence for the second premise above? Don't just give us your opinion.

The Bible makes no apologies about being hard to understand

Peter says explicitly that "There are some things in them [Paul's letters] that are hard to understand" (2 Peter 3:16), and he does not feel a need to explain this, since the complexity of the Bible is a simple fact.

Why the Bible would be hard to understand

There are several very easy explanations for why the Bible would be hard to understand:

  1. God is not a simple being, and so it makes perfect sense that it would not be simple to understand Him and His ways (Romans 11:33).
  2. The Bible is designed so that it requires work and discipline to understand it well (Psalm 1:1-2). This kind of hard work to learn the Bible glorifies God.
  3. The Bible is designed so that its truths would be hidden from those who are not pursuing God and who do not submit to God (Matthew 13:10-15).

Conclusion

This objection is simply a terrible argument that doesn't even begin to disprove the Bible.

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