You’re trying to share with someone (Christian or non-Christian) something the Bible teaches. You say, “The Bible says so-and-so…” Their reply amounts to quick stiff-arm: “Well, that’s your interpretation.”

What the person is really saying is they doubt the words of the Bible can be understood with any certainty so many years after they were written. And you can see their point. It seems like everybody has their ‘take’ on what the Bible says or doesn’t say. With all these ‘opinions,’ maybe there really is no way to tell for sure.

But is it impossible to understand what the original Biblical authors meant? Although I grant you there are some things in the Bible that are difficult to understand, I submit it is not only possible for us to understand its central teachings about God, Jesus, and right and wrong, but fairly easy.

You do this, not through some super-spiritual, insider-only set of guidelines, but just like you would understand any other form of communication in your day-to-day life. Let me give you an example.

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