It's not that we have trouble grasping the message. Some of us are able to recognize made up fairy tales when we see them. Everybody clings to whatever they need to get them through. Some of us prefer reality.
Since the bible is contradictory, historically and scientifically inaccurate, contains clear mythology, and is unsound ethically, I think atheists actually grasp the meaning better than most believers.
The bible isn't difficult to grasp, and it's silly to imply that just because over half the world discards it they must not understand it.
Many do not believe it is the infallible word of God; some over analyze the simple messages within the pages. Then there are those who feel it is out dated for todays man. They forget every one needs to pray and ask for guidance from the Holy Ghost to understand the simplicity of Gods Holy Bible.
ROMANS 1........... 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
You're not supposed to understand the Bible. If you could, then you wouldn't have any need for that guy at the front of the church with the funny collar and his hand reaching for your wallet. No seriously, I think people have a lot easier time accepting the principles that Jesus taught, than they do believing the things people have said about Jesus (e.g Paul who murdered the early followers of Jesus). The Bible itself says that God's words were twisted and personal views were added by many (Jeremiah 8:8). There are many contradictions in the Bible and there are also many unscientific verses, which i could quote for you if you want. But of course, this is your salvation. So, I must respect it.
Reading and understanding the bible with a clear mind is exactly why I don't believe any of it and it's part of what makes me an atheist. Considering how many christian denominations there are, I doubt you really understand the "truth" that you think is in the bible.
The same reason why you "have difficulty grasping the Koran's message and meaning"!! The moment you will understand your reasons to reject the the Hindu sacred scripture Geeta, you will instantly know (unless you are credulous) why so many reject your bible!!
However, is it not too much to impose that a God, who created the human understanding, could not produce a book that would be compatible with human brain? If god created both my brain and the bible, then whose fault do you think it is that my my brain cannot agree with the bible? I, for one, am not vague enough to believe what I understand the bible to say, is what the bible actually says. I am amazed that there is still any person (as you) on earth credulous enough to believe that his, or her, grasping of the bible is the correct one; that he or she alone, somehow, has stumbled upon the true message of the Bible, while all the other believers, non-believers, ministers, priests, scholars and philosophers have misinterpreted and misunderstood the message and meaning of the bible!!
He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn?t looking for him and doesn?t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:17 NLT)=================================But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception. (1 John 4:6 NLT)=================================And we have received God?s Spirit (not the world?s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit?s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren?t spiritual can?t receive these truths from God?s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can?t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. (1 Corinthians 2:12-15 NLT)=============Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don?t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don?t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 NLT)
I can add one more reason to the many found in these answers: lack of humility. Unless we are humble and teachable, we will not let ourselves be taught. James 4:8 says "Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you." It takes humility to do this.
Romans 1:19-20 declares plainly that all men do know God exists because God has clearly revealed that knowledge to them through the evidence of creation. Those that deny God are doing so out of the rebellion of a darkened heart (Romans 1:21).
Ahhhh. The discussion of religions. Religions are man-made. The connection I have with my Higher Power, whom I chose to call God, is a spiritual one. That's God-made. I believe many of us have that spiritual connection, we just worship with humans that do their best to interpret their Higher Power's meaning of life and how it should be led for whatever their motives may be. As far as why some find it so hard to hear "The Word" (in whatever the faith) and take it to heart is because to hear and to take it in, would mean to do the type of introspection that is too painful to deal with. Some just do not believe. That is ok, too. All I can say is that many who "don't believe", in their deepest pain, call out or pray to something which they don't understand, for help. I feel it's in that necessary darkest moment, and (at times) the outcome of some prayers that helps bring them closer to a spiritual life. Forcing a viewpoint on someone would only push them further from the experience that their Higher Power might want for them. ...just my opinion.
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MarSch, makes a good point, however not in line with what I'm going to point out. The bible is made up of 66 books (more if you're catholic), yet less then 25% has a known writer. The only books they can't truly attribute to any one is Paul, and Ezra (and even those 2 are questionable as historic people). The rest nobody really has any idea who wrote it and the ones they are attributed to such as Moses, are not even historical people. The stories (especially the OT) are handed down verbal stories from around the region, then adapted to fit the Hebrew story as history. The NT has a similar problem that the writers took messianic stories from older man/gods and adapted them to fit the Hebrew traditions.
So it is impossible to know the author of any part of the bible.
1 Corinthians 1:20-21. " So what about these wise men, these scholars, these brilliant debaters of this world's great affairs? God has made them all look foolish, and shows their wisdom to be useless nonsense. For God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find God through human brilliance, and then he stepped in and saved all those who believed his message, which the world calls foolish and silly." (Living Bible)
The Holy Ghost opens our understanding if you know God in a personal way and really want to know Him you will get revelations!I mean,the Koran is easy to understand fo me its easy its shows hate,violence and allah is a false god of hate.So why couldnt you see the Bible as loove?