The word of God is spiritual food. Can you eat it raw or do you always need a chef? If you see somebody eating raw cabbages, carrots and lettuce etc, you have before you someone who knows exactly what he wants and is ready to go for it. He wants it raw, he wants it fresh, natural and unadulterated. Some people prefer it cooked, spiced salted and served on a platter of gold, and then they can manage to take a bite.
To which category do you belong, the eat-raw or the cooked- and served eaters? Those who have to face difficult situations in life know that there comes a time when you have to take the word of God just as it is. If you are at the terminal end of cancer and you read a passage which says, “By his stripes we are healed”, will you need a preacher to spend an evening trying to convince you that the verse also applies to you? Do you need someone to tell you “take it in Jesus name?” That is what I call cooking and serving. If you see a verse like that under the above mentioned condition, I think what you have to do is take it, stand on it and refuse to be talked out of it , be it by your unbelieving neighbor or the devil.
It that word raw, just the way it is. It is fresh and it has all the nutrients you need to get out of that mess.