Why Is The Bible Confusing? 3 Tips To Be Captivated By It

“For the word of God (The Bible) is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

As moms, we understand the importance of a good snack. It recharges the kids, it’s easy to make, and they can grab it on the go. But, can you imagine feeding your kids just snacks? We know for sure it could do serious damage to their nutrition habits.

Well nowadays, due to the big competition in the culture to catch our attention, there has come out a new concept – Snack Culture.

That means that to get our attention all the content must come in small bites to read and be super easy. On top of that, this content needs to provide gratification and application to fix our problems right now.

Pay attention to these titles:

How To Be Happy in Life

10 Tips For Happiness

13 Ways to Fix Your Life

Your Life Is a Mess? How to Not Be Anxious

This is a culture of consumerism, it’s all about us and our preferences.

Because of it, it wasn’t shocking to me when I was googling the most popular questions about the Bible, and it popped up “Why is the Bible so confusing or hard to understand?”

Would it be possible we’re approaching the Bible as a product that must satisfy our demands and fix our lives instead of realizing this is the Word of God?

When we come to the Bible, what’s our attitude? “God, I desire to know you or God, I need you to fix a problem”. If it’s the second one, of course, the Bible is going to be confusing!

The first intention of the Bible is to communicate about God, to display His character – not to fix your life.

We need to start thinking of God as a real person and not as a genie in a bottle.

God wants a REAL relationship with us. He wants to have intimacy with you.

Another reason the Bible might be confusing is because we’re losing our interpretation skills and we lack motivation due to the snack content.

Where does your mind go when you think the Bible is too confusing? Is it to the book of Revelations, Numbers, Deuteronomy, or Ezekiel? Those are indeed confusing books, that’s why you should start with easier books to comprehend like the gospels, the letters to the churches, or James.

After you spend some time getting familiar with these books and creating a reading habit, you’ll find that you can move forward to some more difficult reading. You need to know this isn’t a competition. You can take as long as you need to read and understand a book.

Also, many resources could help you understand some of the more difficult verses.

It does take an effort to read the Bible, but the reality is that any good thing in our lives requires it.

Today I have 3 tips to help reset your view about the Bible and find it less confusing:

1) Understand the Bible is not about you, it’s about God.

Realizing this will help you have a better expectation. You’ll start coming to the text asking questions about God and not expecting to fix your life – at least not right away.

2) Listen/ Read closely

When we have a conversation with someone we are interested in, we pay attention and listen. The same we need to do with this book.

3) We need to ask for help from the Holy Spirit

We need to depend on Him to understand the Bible. He’s kind of our translator.

We need to strive to be women who don’t get intimidated by the Bible; reading and applying it is one of the secrets to abundant life in Jesus.

Bottom line, don’t fall for the lie that reading the Bible is too confusing – it’s a misconception the devil wants you to believe to keep you away from it.

About the author: Anyeline is a mom to one, lover of Jesus, and enjoys a great cup of coffee. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, but is now a proud U.S. citizen. When visiting our church, you can find her teaching our young adult women or helping out in children’s ministry. She always has a smile and a warm greeting for friends and strangers alike.