No?? How come? I mean, did you not just read a verse from the Gospel?
How about this, does this help?
In beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
No, you don’t have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Bible; however, I utilized this language to make a point. You can’t always just simply read the Bible and expect someone to get it. For the lingo of the Bible can be just as confusing as trying to understand another language. Kind of like being an uneducated Medieval peasant trying to make heads or tails of Latin during a Sunday service. I would probably be the peasant twiddling my thumbs while memorizing where every statue was located, quizzing myself each week until I could sketch every Jesus, Mary, and Gargoyle from memory. Haha, then I would probably get in trouble for doodling.
Now yes, there are some passages which are simple enough to understand at a surface level, such as John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
However, for every passage which is simple to read, there is always another passage (or ten) just as complicated. The Bible being a farm famous for growing paradoxes. For how can God be the God of both justice and mercy? How can Jesus be both 100% man and 100% God at once? How can we be fully cleansed by the blood of Jesus, yet still sin? And don’t even get me started on the Trinity.
A cool aspect about the Bible, is that it can be as simple or as complicated as you’re willing to dig. There are surface truths which can be grasped just by reading it, such as God loves you, and so does our Savior who died for our sins. But to try and comprehend this truth, one must dive deeper into study. With that said, we can’t expect just to read the Bible or quote a few verses and expect outsiders to get it. A degree of biblical knowledge, I believe, comes from first believing that the Bible is God’s word, not just another book.
Though the Bible is crucial, just simply reading it to another does not guarantee a solid conversion. For conversation, questions, and relationship have roles to play as well. For one can easily read the Bible without understanding it, just as one can recite the Greek, or analyze the relationship between Jesus’ blood and wine without truly understanding it. Reading and knowledge does not necessarily generate understanding or faith. Though both can help, they alone are not good enough.
Therefore, let us be attentive in how we minister to both others, and to ourselves.