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Yes, the Bible claims that men can understand it alike (John 17:17‑23; 1 Cor. 1:10). Since that is the case, why are there so many doctrines and commandments of men (Matt. 15:8-9)? Answer: Because Satan is alive and well (John 8:44; 2 Cor. 11:13‑15). The devil has led his ministers to make claims of ongoing inspiration, such as visions, communication with angels, or apostolic succession (the passing down of apostolic powers and authority through the ages). The Bible claims the days of inspiration are over (1 Cor. 13:9‑12; Jude 3).


Men have many different doctrines because they are dealing with God's word using "subjectivism" as a rule. This false theory limits knowledge to subjective experiences that are better felt than told; hence, the terminology "born again" Christian. One must have a supernatural experience in order to declare to the world, “I was a Christian, but now I am born again.” This doctrine reveals a total misunderstanding of the new birth (John 3:1‑8).


Many servants of the evil one are using a foundation of Calvinism to explain Scripture. They remove all personal accountability of right and wrong (Gal. 6:7-8). Others have the false view that faith, grace, and works are incompatible (Heb. 11:6; Eph. 2:8‑9; Rom. 5:1‑2; Acts 10:34‑35). Gnosticism and various forms of this hideous doctrine are also prevalent today. Gnostic comes from the Greek word "to know." This term is generally used to refer to those who reject the inspired Word of God and rely upon human wisdom. These religious rationalists try to solve religious problems using their own speculative philosophical imaginations. Salvation then is obtained through intellectual means. Indeed, this view is alive and well!


Jesus answered the subject question clearly when He said men can know the truth and the truth will make us free (John 8:32). When we read, we can know what Paul understood directly by the Spirit (Gal. 1:10‑12; Eph. 3:3‑4). We are to study to be approved of God, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). We can be complete unto every good work, using the inspired word (2 Tim. 3:16‑17). We can be set apart or sanctified by the truth (John 17:17). We can have an inheritance, because the word of God is able (Acts 20:32). We can see the Bible alike, but to do so we must turn a deaf ear to the precepts of men (Acts 4:18-19; 5:29).


What does the Bible say about the idea of Perception?


In addition to the ordinary sense of perceiving by the eye, we have... a. chazah, "to see" (in vision): "Words of Amos ... which he saw concerning Israel" (Amos 1:1).  The revelation was made to his inward eye. "The word of Yahweh.... which he (Micah) saw concern­ing Samaria" (Micah 1:1), describing what he saw in prophetic vision (compare Hab. 1:1). b. horao, "to take heed": "See thou say nothing" (Mark 1:44). c. eidon, "to know," "to note with the mind": "Jesus saw that he answered discreetly" (Mark 12:34). d. Therefore, "to view," "to have knowledge or experi­ence of”: "He shall never see death" (John 8:51).


"And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive" (Matt. 13:14). "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them" (Matt. 13:15). "And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hard­ened?" (Mark 8:17). “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34). "Saying, Go unto this people, and say, Hear­ing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and not perceive" (Acts 28:26). "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

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