That’s the question I offer to skeptics who blame God for the number of professing Christian denominations. “God”, they say, “is a terrible communicator if no one can agree on what it says. After all, God should have made it unconfusable”. To this complaint I always request a citation for a passage from the Bible that is difficult to understand.
I’m never taken up on it. I don’t think it is all that difficult to understand. Of course, rejoinders include citing the number of denominations due to vast disagreement on the understanding of the Holy Writ. Unfortunately, this doesn’t take into account the reasons for the denominational splits. There’s many reasons churches split and form new denominations. But I’ve yet to come across a skeptic to delve into those reasons.
But I’ll take the claim on it’s face. Maybe there is large swaths of ambiguity. Maybe the Bible is communicated poorly. Maybe it’s just that I’m too biased to see it. Let’s say I grant Revelation. I’ll do so with the stipulation that I’m not aware of any Christian church who derives it’s doctrinal beliefs from it. However, if the skeptic can cite a doctrine that a Christian denomination grounds in the book of Revelation, I’ll be impressed. Otherwise, the remaining 65 books are up for discussion.
So let’s have some citation. Cite a passage and offer an interpretation consistent with the language’s linguistic parameters, i,e, definitions, and usage. I’m not asking if there is disagreement, or even for speculation as to why. I’m looking for examples. Which passages are too ambiguous or muddled that they can’t be easily understood?