It’s Not Rocket Science

 

The Bible is not rocket science. It’s much more powerful and much more important than that! But amazingly it can be understood by the common man and misunderstood by those considered wise in the eyes of the world. Having a high IQ and being highly educated are not prerequisites for understanding the Bible. Perhaps they might even get in the way if they cause a man to lean too heavily on his own understanding. Listen, children of God, to what your Father has to say on this subject.

*   (1 Cor 1:18-31 NIV)  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. {19} For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." {20} Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? {21} For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. {22} Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, {23} but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, {24} but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. {25} For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. {26} Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. {27} But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. {28} He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things--and the things that are not--to nullify the things that are, {29} so that no one may boast before him. {30} It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. {31} Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." (1 Cor 2:1-16 NIV)  When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. {2} For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. {3} I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. {4} My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, {5} so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power. {6} We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. {7} No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. {8} None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. {9} However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him"-- {10} but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. {11} For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. {12} We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. {13} This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. {14} The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. {15} The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: {16} "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

 

Perhaps the number one reason people don’t understand their Bible is because they don’t read it. They rely upon someone else to tell them what it says and what it means. All to often this is the blind leading the blind. And when the Bible is read; frequently it is twisted to fit a preconceived idea or to fit what a person wants it to say. In this endeavor they will studiously search for scriptures that can be misunderstood or taken out of context in order to make scripture say what they want it to say. A common tactic is to disregard several easily understood scriptures in favor of one that can be made to seemingly support their position.

*   (Mat 18:3-5 NIV)  And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. {4} Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. {5} "And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.

 

I am not saying that nothing in the Bible is difficult or complex. Many things are difficult and complex but when it comes to what you need to know it seems to be pretty straight forward. Let’s start with the Ten Commandments.

1.      I am the Lord your God, you will have no other gods.

2.      You will not make an idol to bow down to and worship.

3.      You will not misuse the Name of God.

4.      Remember the Sabbath to keep it Holy. Six days you may work but the seventh day is a day of Rest, a Sabbath. Do not work on the seventh day.

5.      Honor your father and mother.

6.      Do not murder.

7.      Do not commit adultery.

8.      Do not steal.

9.      Do not give false testimony.

10.  Do not covet what belongs to someone else.

No rocket science here. If someone should say what does that mean? I would be inclined to ask them what part of, “No” they don’t understand.

 

What about the multitude of things we hear commonly that have no Biblical support? Many of these non-Biblical assertions come from Christ professing Christians. Look at a few examples.

1.      The universe came into existence with the, “Big Bang” over billions of years.

*   The Bible says, in Genesis 1:1 through 2:1 that God created everything in just six days.

2.      Evolution explains how man and animals came to exist.

*   The Bible says, in Genesis 1:24-31 that God created all the living creatures on the sixth day of the creation week.

3.      When good people die they go to heaven and look down on those still living.

*   The Bible says that nobody has ever gone to heaven except for Jesus. (John 3:13 NIV)  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven--the Son of Man.

4.      People are good by nature.

*   But the Bible says all have sinned and even their righteousness is likened to filthy rags. (Rom 3:23 KJV)  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

5.      We are all the children of God.

*   But the Bible says we have the opportunity to become children of God. God will not be sending His children to hell. (John 1:12 NIV)  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—

6.      It’s impossible to know God.

*   (Rom 1:20 NIV)  For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

7.      People can communicate with the dead.

*   (Eccl 9:5-6 NIV)  For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. {6} Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.

8.      Jesus was fully God and fully man.

*   There is no such thing as being fully two different things. You can be one or the other but not both at the same time. Jesus during His life on earth was perfect but he was not God. God is whom he obeyed and prayed to. God was His Father. (1 Tim 2:5-6 NIV)  For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, {6} who gave himself as a ransom for all men--the testimony given in its proper time. God did not die for our sins, Jesus did.

 

We can go on and on but what we need to know is that the Bible was written for you and not for rocket scientists. All you really need to know is very plain.

*   You are a sinner.

*   The wages of sin is death.

*   If you will repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus you have the opportunity to escape the penalty of your sins.

*   (John 3:16-21 NIV)  "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. {17} For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. {18} Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. {19} This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. {20} Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. {21} But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."

 

I can almost hear the, “Yeah buts” right now. And I would love to answer a few of those “Yeah buts” in a Bible Study. For now I say to you, read your Bible, believe it, accept it, and don’t try to explain away what God has said. The miracles really happened and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand the message!