Dreadful it is to fall into the hands of the living God. Yes, it is even dreadful to be alone with the New Testament. The matter is quite simple. The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. My God, you will say, if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world?
extracted from Soren Kierkegaard's Provocations