Many Christians (especially on this site) claim "the Bible is open to interpretation". If a thing is open to interpretation isn't it ...?

necessarily subject to human error?

So if there indeed was a god, and he put a rule REQUIRED for Salvation into place that was "open to interpretation", how could anyone be positive they understood exactly what this god wants?

51 Answers

  • 8 months ago

    The Bible is NOT open to any private interpretation but Holy men of old spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit because no prophecy of scripture came by the will of man. (2 Peter 2: 21)

  • GOD says keep his law, period, end of story, there is no interpretation. Do what he says or burn in hell

  • 9 months ago

    In the Bible are warnings about that, showing that people who claim "the Bible is open to interpretation" have vested interests in twisting what it clearly states, to suit themselves. "No prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" 2 Peter 1:20-21. But look at all the self-proclaimed 'prophets' since then who have claimed God revealed new things to them to start up a new group - the only one God is pleased with, note! We can all see through such charlatans, apart from those who don't heed Bible warnings about those "who twist the scriptures to their own destruction" 2 Peter 3:16.

    However, salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s heart and mind, so that they are converted (i.e. repent before God, not man, and put faith in the Son of God) due to His work in them. Then they must grow in faith and the Bible is vital for that but salvation has never been entrusted by God to sinful humans! He saves, and not by us following a set of rules! Salvation is not a religious system!

    Note also that the Bible is designed by God to expose what really is in the readers' hearts, so that selfish people will find excuses to indulge themselves despite its clear warnings; proud people will find excuses to elevate themselves despite its clear warnings; greedy people will find excuses to fleece others of money despite its clear warnings. That is why people who are biblically illiterate can be so easily deceived. Beware any group telling you to listen to their interpretations because only their interpretation is accurate and you will perish if you don't join them. Those arrogant ones will answer to God for their abuses of His word but individuals who can read the Bible should do so prayerfully, and believingly. The Holy Spirit never lies. People do. All the time.

  • AgProv
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    I'd focus on who does the interpreting - why have they interpreted ambiguous and internally contradictory religious texts in this way, what are they selecting, what are they ignoring,why are they weighting their interpretation this way, and why do they want you to beleive in exactly the same way they do? Religion as social control.

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  • 9 months ago

    If a deity actually did exist, and this deity had a holy book, then there would be only one copy of that book in one language and everyone on the planet would be on the same page and worshiping the same deity.  You wouldn't need to interpret anything or learn to read it in a certain way or try to understand the context in which it was written.  One deity.  One book.  One word.  PERIOD.  A little common sense goes a LONG way.  Learn to use it and you will never need to make an appeal to faith, magic, the supernatural, talking snakes and donkeys, or any other woo woo.  Learn to actually think for yourself.

  • 9 months ago

    Yes, for an easy 2, Alex

  • Paul
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    You are absolutely right. Which is why Jesus Christ founded just one Church, said it was to remain one, and promised that one Church the fullness of God's truth until they end of time, so that all His followers would have access to that fullness of truth. That one Church compiled the Bible from its own writings (and early Jewish writings), and declares as binding truth that these 73 texts are the inspired Word of God. However, any written text must be interpreted in order to understand its correct meaning, and for fifteen centuries all Christians understood the Bible according to the teaching of His Church. Then, sadly, one proud man decided He could do a better job of interpreting Catholic writings than the Catholic Church could do, so he left God's Church and started a church of His own, which he claimed would follow "the Bible alone". Which of course meant his personal interpretations of the Bible. Before long, the inevitable happened. Some of his followers disagreed with his biblical interpretations, left his church and started their own churches based on their personal interpretation of the Bible. The doctrinal chaos of Protestantism had begun.

  • 9 months ago

    I would think an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent being would be able to get its message out without room for interpretation.

  • 9 months ago

    The Bible was really designed for Christians to pray with. The church has already interpreted the Bible.  We shouldn’t be reading it to look for “new doctrines”

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    That's why there has to be a Magisterium. Acts 15 talks about people making up their own rules. 24 We have heard that some went out from us without our authorization and disturbed you, troubling your minds by what they said.

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