Scripture alone cannot settle an issue

Scripture must be mixed with faith. As Jesus would answer his critics, He that has an ear, let him hear. So be careful not to get caught up in arguing scripture vs. scripture. That's how you will get involved in 'doubtful disputes with those weak in the faith.'

No amount of scripture will ever settle an argument, prove a point, or convince anyone of anything. Scripture alone is not enough to settle an issue.

Look at what happened when Paul preached in Rome.

Acts 28:23-24

23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

There can be several reasons for this. First and biggest is that you can most always find an alternate interpretation or an alternate scripture that supports the opposite view. For example I feel that these critical attacks are rooted in pride. So I caution people not to make accusations. One verse that supports my view is found in Proverbs.

Proverbs 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. To counter this, someone will cite Jude, saying we are to contend for the faith. Jude 1:3-4

3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

So what is accomplished by my quoting proverbs? Some believe and some believe not. To continue arguing my point is fruitless because scripture alone is not enough to settle an issue.

Another reason is that scripture must be mixed with faith. That is it must be received from the Spirit. Looking it up in a concordance or bible search program is not the same.

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Yet another reason is spiritual blindness. Some people are not able to understand scripture for spiritual reasons.

2 Corinthians 3:14-15

14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Spiritual things must be understood spiritually. The spirit may withhold understanding or the enemy may block one's understanding in various cases.

Another reason is that the books are sealed.

Isaiah 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.

Isaiah 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed:

Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The inner meaning of much scripture is sealed till such time as God chooses to reveal it.

Revelation 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

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