Question: “Why is there so much confusion regarding the teachings of the


Question: “Why is there so much confusion regarding the teachings of the
Bible?”

Answer: God gave us the Bible to teach us about Him and
His ways, and since God is not a God of confusion (1 Corinthians
14:33
), any and all confusion must come from the destructive forces of the

world, the flesh, and the devil. The “world” refers to ungodly world system and
its people who do not understand or care about the Word of God; the “flesh” is
the lingering sinful nature Christians possess that corrupts their godly walk;
and the devil refers to Satan and his demons who twist God’s Word, often while
masquerading as angels of light (2 Corinthians
11:14-15
).

Each of these forces can act individually or in unison in
an attempt to confuse people about the Word of God. But, most confusion results
from our own laziness and/or false teaching. Ultimately, and most tragically,
confusion about the Bible can lead to a false hope of salvation. And that is
Satan’s ultimate goal. When Satan tempted Jesus, he used misinterpretations of
the Word of God for his attacks. Satan does the same thing today, taking a truth
of Scripture and misapplying it. Satan is skilled at twisting the Word of God
just enough so that it produces disastrous consequences, while still sounding
like the Word of God.

Sometimes confusion over what the Bible teaches
originates from poor Bible translations, or even intentionally distorted by
translations. More often, though, confusion results from a lack of serious study
among believers and the false preachers, teachers, and writers (2 Corinthians
11:12-13
) who are found on radio, television and the Internet. These false

prophets take even proper translations and, through both ignorance and design,
twist and distort the Word of God to promote their own agenda or appeal to the
thinking of the world. Instead of lazy Bible study and relying on others to
teach us the Word of God, we should study God’s Word diligently and rely on the
Holy Spirit. He will open the heart to God’s truth concerning Himself and His
creation, prayer, worship, Christian love, our battle with Satan, personal
conduct, church conduct, and achieving a personal relationship with Jesus
Christ.

Most deadly, confusion is rampant regarding the truth of the
gospel. While Scripture teaches that Jesus Christ is the only way, the only
truth and the only life (John
14:6
; Acts 4:12), today many who

call themselves evangelical Christians believe that heaven can be gained by
other ways and other religions. But in spite of apparent confusion, the sheep
will still hear the voice of the Shepherd and will follow only Him (John 10:27). Those who do not belong to the Shepherd
“will not endure sound doctrine, but they will heap up teachers to themselves
according to their own lusts, tickling the ear” (2 Timothy 4:3). God has given us His Spirit and the
command to preach biblical truth with humility and patience, in and out of
season (2 Timothy 4:2), and to study to show ourselves approved,
workers who correctly handle the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) until the Lord Jesus returns and puts an
end to all confusion.

Recommended Resource: The Big Book of Bible Difficulties by Geisler & Howe.

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