The Bible Is Clear

The clarity of Scripture (perspicuity) means that anybody can understand it. No matter the reader’s education, culture, or age, the Bible is clear enough for the reader to make sense of its teachings and to live accordingly. Explore this page or one of the links below to discover what we believe about the Bible and the evidence for the claim of the Bible’s clarity.

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The Clarity of Scripture

The clarity of Scripture means that the Bible is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by all who will read it seeking God’s help and being willing to follow it.

by Wayne Grudem

Article: 10 Min

What Is The Clarity of Scripture?

by Don Stewart at Blue Letter Bible


The unfolding
of your words
gives light;
it gives understanding
to the simple.

Psalm 119:130 NIV

Deuteronomy 30:11-14 NIV

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

Video: 5 Min
by Kevin Deyoung at The Gospel Coalition


The Scriptures
are shallow enough
for a babe to come and drink
without fear of drowning
and deep enough for theologians to swim in
without ever touching the bottom.


Believe, That You May Understand

by J.I. Packer in his book, “‘Fundamentalism’ and the Word of God”

Is it reasonable to take God’s word and believe that he has spoken the truth, even though I cannot fully comprehend what he has said? The question carries its own answer. We should not abandon faith in anything God has taught us merely because we cannot solve all the problems which it raises. Our own intellectual competence is not the test and measure of divine truth. It is not for us to stop believing because we lack understanding, but to believe in order that we may understand.

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It’s not hard to understand;
it’s just hard to swallow.

2 Peter 3:15-16 ESV

And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.


Scripture is clear enough
to make us responsible
for carrying out
our present responsibilities
to God.

Article: 10 Min

Why Is It So Hard for Me to Understand the Bible?

by Kevin Halloran at Anchored in Christ

1 Corinthians 2:14 NIV

The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.


For God is not
the author of confusion
but of peace.

1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 NLT

And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.