"I like to keep things simple. Don't give me all this complicated theology."
I know. I sort of understand. It's just that people say that sometimes when they don't want to think.
"Can't I just be a simple Bible believing Christian?"
Yes you can, but that means that you have to take on trust the scholarly work of your Bible translator. And he or she may be wrong.
"But isn't the message of the Bible simple?"
Not really. Have you read what the Apostle Peter wrote about the letters of Paul?
"But what the Bible says about XXX is crystal clear, isn't it?"
OK, let me tell you why it's not quite that simple ....
Jesus' disciples thought that the feeding of the 5000 was simple. It meant that Jesus was the new king who was going to lead them to victory. I suggest you read John 6 all the way through sometime. It's a sad story in which those who wanted to keep things simple found their hopes dashed, got completely confused, took offence at Jesus and walked away. The miracle was great but the words of Jesus sounded ridiculous.
I believe in a God who is so wonderful that he is beyond human explanation. I hope you do too.
XXX - insert whatever you are debating at the moment.