Some religious leaders teach that the Scriptures cannot be understood by the common people, even in matters essential to salvation. So they say you need a seminary-trained preacher to explain the Bible to you, and you must take the preacher's word for what the Bible means. What does the Bible itself say about this?
2 Timothy 3:16,17 says: "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." The Scriptures therefore are profitable to teach and instruct you how to be right with God. They provide everything you need to know about good works. But if you cannot understand the Bible, how could it profitably teach and instruct you?
In Acts 17:11, the Bereans were called noble because they "searched the scriptures daily" to see whether or not the things they were being taught were true. No, you do not need to take some preacher's word for what the Bible teaches. On the contrary, the Bible was written to ordinary people so they could check out the preachers to see which ones were telling the truth!
Jesus spoke so the common people could understand. The New Testament epistles are addressed, not just to specially trained preachers, but to all Christians in various local churches. The Bible was written, not in technical language of highly educated people, but in the common language of everyday people. Yes, you can understand the Bible, but you must study it diligently according to proper rules of study.
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 12/8/2014
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