Reading Scripture Through Our Own Interpretative Lens
“It is all too easy to read the traditional interpretations we have received from others into the text of Scripture. Then we may unwittingly transfer the authority of Scripture to our interpretations and invest them with a false, even an idolatrous, degree of certainty. Because traditions are re-shaped as they are passed on, after a while we may drift far from God’s Word while still insisting all our theological opinions are “biblical” and therefore true.”
Some theological opinions that people have read into scripture:
- The belief that salvation is by faith alone (disregarding any role that works play in our eternal destiny)
- The belief that the Bible is the only way in which God can share truth with his people
- Accepting Jesus as "Savior and Lord" is how to be "born-again"
- Baptism is a symbolic public gesture to represent what has already occurred spiritually
- The Eucharist is symbolic and the bread and wine remain.... bread and wine.
- Once you are "saved" you can't lose your salvation
- The rapture is when Jesus returns and takes believers with him leaving unsaved behind
"...owing to the depth of Holy Scripture, all do not accept it in one and the same sense, but one understands its words in one way, another in another; so that it seems to be capable of as many interpretations as there are interpreters. " (St.Vincent of Lerins 5th Century)