Augustine: "... I do not doubt that all this
was divinely arranged for the purpose of subduing pride by toil, and of
preventing a feeling of satiety in the intellect, which generally holds
in small esteem what is discovered without difficulty ... Nobody,
however, has any doubt about the facts, both that it is pleasanter in
some cases to have knowledge communicated through figures, and that what
is attended with difficulty in the seeking gives greater pleasure in the
finding ... the Holy Spirit has, with admirable wisdom and care for our
welfare, so arranged the Holy Scriptures as by the plainer passages to
satisfy our hunger, and by the more obscure to stimulate our appetite.
For almost nothing is dug out of those obscure passages which may not be
found set forth in the plainest language elsewhere" (On Christian
Doctrine, Book II, Chapter 6).
B. B. Warfield: "It is very plain that he who
modifies the teachings of the Word of God in the smallest particular at
the dictation of any ‘man-made opinion’ has already deserted the
Christian ground, and is already, in principle, a ‘heretic.’ The very
essence of ‘heresy’ is that the modes of thought and tenets originating
elsewhere than in the Scriptures of God are given decisive weight when
they clash with the teachings of God’s Word ..."
Rene Pache: "The wresting of the sense of the
Scriptures - here is a plague from which Christendom still suffers! May
God give us grace not only to receive the divinely inspired Scriptures
but also to interpret them correctly and to apply them to our own lives!
Then we shall be able to talk about them with authority, ‘speaking as it
were oracles of God’ (I Peter 4:11)" (The Inspiration & Authority of
Scripture, p. 231).