Thinking Clearly About the Clarity of Scripture
The interpretation of the Bible was a responsibility not of individuals by themselves, but rather of the community of believers gathered.
Are the Scriptures clear? Most of us would tend to answer: "sometimes yes, sometimes no." There are passages that seem straightforward and other passages that appear really confusing. What else could we expect of a collection of books written over the course of 1,500 years, by so many diverse authors, in so many diverse styles? Some passages are bound to make sense to us, and some are bound to be perplexing.
Consider the book of Proverbs. Almost all of us would admit that these little sayings of wisdom can be simple and ...