(Quote) Jacqueline-556574 said: We, lay Catholics, are never welcome to our own interpretation of the bible. The correct in...
(Quote) Jacqueline-556574 said:
We, lay Catholics, are never welcome to our own interpretation of the bible. The correct interpretations are always given from parish Priest, Bishop, and so on...to the Pope..back to Jesus. We are of course welcomed to read the Bible if we wish.
Protestants and other faiths sometimes approach us with questioning our position regarding particular interrpretations, but really, there is no choice other than the interpretations that come from our clerics, not our own choices. The interpretations are usually not literal. So we, lay Catholics, do not make decisions about interpretations. We only agree to follow the Word of Jesus, as given to us by his leaders.
I am so glad we have a Teaching Authority to guide both Lay and Clergy when it comes to scripture interpretation.
Here is what the Catechism states on interpreting Scriptures
The Second Vatican Council indicates three criteria for interpreting Scripture in accordance with the Spirit who inspired it.78
112 1. Be especially attentive "to the content and unity of the whole Scripture". Different as the books which compose it may be, Scripture is a unity by reason of the unity of God's plan, of which Christ Jesus is the center and heart, open since his Passover.79
The phrase "heart of Christ" can refer to Sacred Scripture, which makes known his heart, closed before the Passion, as the Scripture was obscure. But the Scripture has been opened since the Passion; since those who from then on have understood it, consider and discern in what way the prophecies must be interpreted.80
113 2. Read the Scripture within "the living Tradition of the whole Church". According to a saying of the Fathers, Sacred Scripture is written principally in the Church's heart rather than in documents and records, for the Church carries in her Tradition the living memorial of God's Word, and it is the Holy Spirit who gives her the spiritual interpretation of the Scripture (". . . according to the spiritual meaning which the Spirit grants to the Church"81).
114 3. Be attentive to the analogy of faith.82 By "analogy of faith" we mean the coherence of the truths of faith among themselves and within the whole plan of Revelation.
What I like about this is, it teaches us that Scriptures are meant to be read as a whole. So now when I read Scriptures, I keep those three in mind it has helped me a lot - but I also again, am glad that I have a Magesterium to fall back to, to make sure that I'm in line with Her teachings.
I observe amongst my non-Catholic friends that the issue with interpretations do come up a lot. Which interpretation is right etc? I'd like to think I read Scriptures with a Catholic Lens, because we have a Magistereum that is guided by the Holy Spirit.