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The Bible is “Perspicuous”: that means it is “clearly expressed or presented” and “easy to understand”.
That the Bible is clearly expressed and easy to understand is... well, it’s quite clear that the Bible is perspicuous. And easy to understand.
Some Christians, however, actually believe the Bible is not clear and easy to understand. Yes, though it is clearly difficult to fathom, it is true: there are people who say they are Christians and yet believe the Bible is not Perspicuous. Most of them are mind-enslaved Roman Catholics, who are probably not Christians anyway, but they say they are because they don’t know any better.
For their sake, and to support the faith of true Christians, I will now clearly demonstrate the Perspicuity of the Bible.
The Bible itself clearly teaches the Perspicuity of the Bible:
2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. 15 And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Amen! The Bible clearly teaches the Perspicuity of the Bible!
What more needs to be said to a true Christian? However, as we all know, Roman Catholics are not satisfied if you quote from the Bible. Unlike real Chrisitians, they need other proofs that really are useless, from history and the like. But they are easy to provide, so I shall do so.
There is no evidence whatever from the true Christians in the early centuries that they believed in the Perspicuity of the Bible. But they must have, because the Bible clearly teaches it (see Proof One). So, the wicked, evil, diabolical, satanic Roman Catholic Church obviously destroyed every shred of a trace of evidence of their belief in Biblical Perspicuity.
And that proves that.
Martin Luther taught the Perspicuity of the Bible. After the Bible, his word ought to be enough. But we have more than that: we have volume after volume after volume of Martin Luther’s commentary on book after book after book of the Bible. If the Bible were not Perspicuous, we would have no need of biblical commentary from Luther. Right?
Another easy proof.
John Calvin taught the Perspicuity of the Bible. After the Bible and Luther, his word ought to be enough. But we have more than that: we have reams of Bible commentary from John Calvin. If the Bible were not Perspicuous, we would have no need of biblical commentary from Calvin. Right?
This is a snap.
Martin Luther and John Calvin taught the Perspicuity of the Bible. They both wrote voluminous biblical commentaries. They each taught doctrines that no Christians had ever dreamed of before, and they disagreed on what the Bible taught about justification, Holy Communion, eternal security, and many other doctrines.
Clearly, then, the Bible is Perspicuous.
Many different groups prove contradictory doctrines from the Bible:
If the Bible were not Perspicuous, they could not prove contradictory doctrines from it. Right?
That is why I believe in the Perspicuity of the Bible. ;-)
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