It's come up a few times recently on cyberspace about the use (more so the misuse) of the phrase, "the Bible clearly says . . .". I stumbled over this article, which I think has some creative insight as to the clarity of the Bible and its interpretation.
Jesus knew, all too well, that lots of people who read the Scriptures did not really understand them. It’s true today, and it was true in the first century. Modern Christians disagree over all sorts of issues—baptism, spiritual gifts, the end times, church government, and so on—and if you read church history, you’ll soon discover that we’re not the first generation like that. So Christians often ask: “Is the Bible clear? Surely, if it were, we’d all agree on what it meant, right?”
HT: Andrew Wilson