|Proverbs 1: 7|
The Gospel message (and letters) is clear, but heresies have attempted to challenge the message's clarity since the 1st century.
The Way has many adherents, though the manner of following can come into sharp disagreement due to man's limited understanding, preconceived prejudices and schools of thought.
And depending on the hearer or reader, any phrase or sentence may mean many different things to someone...for the Truth speaks to where an individual is currently, and whether they are ready or called to 'hear' the message in the first place.
The Life represented in following God has a variety of manifestations, all holding a similitude in regards to a loving and peace-filled heart, while flourishing through many facets by which it is witnessed.
Before Christ appeared, several opposing groups grew around specific interpretations of the Old Testament's message.
How can this occur?
The same issues that befall men Today have befallen them throughout time and history: pride, arrogance, ideology, identity and so many other character defects.
Much like the drama that unfolded in the Garden of Eden, God's Word has long been questioned... and doubts have manifested, twisting the intended message and confounding meanings for others.
To ask questions isn't the issue, nor is the search for answers always a sign of doubt.
Some religions have social rules against the asking of many questions, while other groups encourage all questions to be asked.
Practically every question has an answer.
It is the person's heart, the one who is asking the question, that may determine for themselves if the answer is acceptable, true or satisfying to their question.
The answer may be absolutely true (from Truth's wisdom), but not every heart or mind can perceive the truth, let alone have the capacity to acknowledge what is true while doubting or not being able to accept the truth.
Although all of mankind may not perceive the truth, man's lack of understanding does not render the truth to be false, but simply unknown to them.
Something unknown to mankind does not mean it is false.
Today so many new interpretations of the Old and New Wine, the Old and New Covenant messages, have been considered in an effort to reconcile what man's logic cannot fully comprehend...again according to myopic interpretations.
Some interpret according to their personal views, or their measure of understanding, or their identity...with very few people at least aiming at an objective interpretation (if a purely unbiased interpretation is actually humanly possible).
Cognitive difficulties have led people to doubt the message itself, but it is the veil over their hearts that prevents them any form of understanding.
Some wonder if the message was 'changed' or tampered with by some scribes at some point in time.
This argument is a typical polemic from outside of what is revealed through Christ, yet no such alteration to the message has been shown to be proven.
A scribal mistake, dually noted in one place but not universally evident in other extant copies, is not evidence of conspiracy, but simply showing an isolated human error.
While some scholars argue over a tittle (and cast a wide net of doubt), other scholars stand in amazement at how the overall message is still very clear (and cast a wider net of faith).