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How To Interpret Scripture

Can someone please give me the exact verse in the Bible that says anyone has the authority to interpret scripture for himself/herself?

Thanks.

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///...My concern is those who wish to restrict discussion.Those who say [they're] the only authorized body to interpret Scripture.---Mark_Eaton on 11/3/15///

Mark_E: It behooves all Christians to be like the Bereans & prayerfully search the Scripture so that God will enlighten, from the Word, & show us when people are speaking Bible truth or not. Here's a red flag: Basically, all who practice legalism will try to manipulate & control others from the git go & if you don't tow the line with them, they'll unleash their wrath upon you directly or subtly.
---Leon on 11/3/15


How does the "public understanding of Scripture" square with what the Bible says about the Comforter guiding/teaching/interpreting the Word for believers? Is everyone who attends a church-house in the Body of Christ?
---Leon on 11/3/15

I do not fear discussing Scripture with non-believers. They are easy to spot with their non-Biblical opinions and non-Biblical way of life. They do not have the truth because they do not have a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit is not in them. They eventually grow weary of discussing God and Scriptures.

My concern is those who wish to restrict discussion. Those who say they are the only authorized body to interpret Scripture.
---Mark_Eaton on 11/3/15


Mark_E: How does the "public understanding of Scripture" square with what the Bible says...
---Leon on 11/3/15

There is no "public understanding" or everyone would agree. Christ never stated a "public understanding". He said rather the opposite.
Mat_13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mar_4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
Luk_9:5...shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.
---Trav on 11/3/15


///...I believe in the public understanding of Scripture. Several churches believe they have the authority to interpret Scripture, meaning they want their "private" interpretation used.

Either you support a "private" interpretation of Scripture by a specific Church body or you support the entire Body of Christ being the interpreting organization.

I support a discussion of Scripture with the entire Body of Christ.
---Mark_Eaton on 11/3/15///

Mark_E: How does the "public understanding of Scripture" square with what the Bible says about the Comforter guiding/teaching/interpreting the Word for believers? Is everyone who attends a church-house in the Body of Christ?
---Leon on 11/3/15


\\Trav, no Orthodox partriarch has claimed the authority that popes have arrogated to themselves.


Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/23/15

If they could, who would be the one to make this claimed??\\

None of the above.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/3/15




///...Yes, God is correct, but who is correct when you and I have disagreement?...There are a bunch of 'born again believers' here on this site, who do not agree with [each] others. Who should I believe?---Ruben on 11/3/15///

Ruben: "...who is correct when you and I have disagreement?" That's an easy one Ruben. You are, right?! smh :)

Unfortunately, some believers are "dull of hearing" (slow learners). BELIEVE GOD Ruben & you'll do just fine!

---Leon on 11/3/15


There are a bunch of 'born again believers' here on this site, who do not agree with which others, Who should I believe?
---Ruben on 11/3/15

The issue you and I are discussing is the same, who decides for you the correct interpretation of Scripture.

I believe in the public understanding of Scripture. Several churches believe they have the authority to interpret Scripture, meaning they want their "private" interpretation used.

Either you support a "private" interpretation of Scripture by a specific Church body or you support the entire Body of Christ being the interpreting organization.

I support a discussion of Scripture with the entire Body of Christ.
---Mark_Eaton on 11/3/15


Leon * 1.) "Our" disagreements don't alter the fact that WHAT GOD SAYS (regardless of what anyone else says) IS CORRECT.

Yes, God is correct, but who is correct when you and I have disagreement?

Leon * 4.) The Holy Spirit is teaching "born again believers" who have an ear to hear what He is saying from Scripture.

There are a bunch of 'born again believers' here on this site, who do not agree with which others, Who should I believe?
---Ruben on 11/3/15


john934* God will decide who is interpreting the Holy Scriptures properly or not.

How does he do this??

john934* A lot of people do not know how to read a verse and chapter in context (hermeneutics.)

Even those who do have disagreements, who is correct?

john934* No man or church is infallible but God.

Which means your fallible private interpretation could be wrong?:)
---Ruben on 11/3/15


Well we have two Johns who both make very good points. We have to choose who is the final authority the word of GOD or the teachings of men.

GOD will decide who is correct.

Cluny when Jesus was a child he was taught scripture. He didn't come into the world with all knowledge.

We do know he quoted the Old Testament. Just as the other writes of the Bible did as their authority to teach what they did.

WE also know that Jesus didn't use his own authority to rebuke satan in the wilderness but the words of the Old Testament scripture.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 11/2/15




And Philip, hurrying, heard him reading from the prophet Isaiah, and he said, "Do you think that you understand what you are reading?" And he said, "But how can I, unless someone will have revealed it to me?" And he asked Philip to climb up and sit with him.

Acts 8:30-31
---john1944 on 11/2/15


///...you, Mark & [J]erry disagree on some scriptures verses. Who decides which one is the correct one & why?

...if no human...can interpret Scripture...how can you say [mine] is wrong?

...since the apostles...were human...how can we know [what's]...in the [B]ible is true??

If the HS taught the apostles ...what to write, who is the HS teaching today...---Ruben on 11/2/15///

1.) "Our" disagreements don't alter the fact that WHAT GOD SAYS (regardless of what anyone else says) IS CORRECT.
2.) Are you human Ruben?
3.) Have faith in God Ruben!
4.) The Holy Spirit is teaching "born again believers" who have an ear to hear what He is saying from Scripture.
---Leon on 11/2/15


\\Who taught Jesus? The Holy Spirit.\\

Jesus, being God Incarnate, was taught by no one.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 11/2/15


Ruben said, "But you, Mark and jerry disagree on some scriptures verses. Who decides which one is the correct one and why?"

God will decide who is interpreting the Holy Scriptures properly or not.

A lot of people do not know how to read a verse and chapter in context (hermeneutics.)

No man or church is infallible but God.
---john9346 on 11/2/15


There are only 2 ways to answer this question Scripture alone "Sola Scriptura." or the church alone "Sola Ekklesia."

You either believe 1 or the other,however, never both can you believe.
---john on 11/2/15


But noooooo, not when it comes to God's Words on paper.
---Nicole_Lacey on 10/31/15

We have no evidence other than your say-so.
---Cluny on 10/31/15

What evidence would you like? Certificates, diplomas, and titles?

You points are well taken. Sound doctrine needs to be taught by men and women who have proven they can rightly divide the Word of God. I am grateful to the men and women who have illuminated God's Word to me.

Yet, the Holy Spirit is the teacher who will bring us into all truth.
---Mark_Eaton on 11/2/15


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Very good Mark_E & "Jerry". No human person can interpret the Bible. Only God, the Holy Spirit is the one who can interpret Scripture. I pray you guys will ignore (resist the devil's) presence (evil spirit) on this blog.
---Leon on 11/1/15

Leon,

But you, Mark and jerry disagree on some scriptures verses. Who decides which one is the correct one and why?

And if no human being can interpret Scripture, then how can you say my interpretation is wrong?

And since the apostles and thier successors were human then how can we know what is in the bible is true??

If the HS taught the apostles on what to write, who is the HS teaching today, You , Mark and Jerry??
---Ruben on 11/2/15


///Jesus said that no student is greater than his teacher. Who is right: you or Jesus?
---Cluny on 10/29/15

Who taught Jesus? The Holy Spirit.

Who is to teach us? The same Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you"
---Mark_Eaton on 10/30/15///

Very good Mark_E & "Jerry". No human person can interpret the Bible. Only God, the Holy Spirit is the one who can interpret Scripture. I pray you guys will ignore (resist the devil's) presence (evil spirit) on this blog.
---Leon on 11/1/15


..and I would never accept any MAN's opinion over the plain statements of the Bible.---jerry6593 on 11/1/15


That's odd?

'Plain statements' would have never entered my mind if I had to describe the Bible to someone who has never read it before.

Usually, I have heard and read for myself, that the Bible is NOT PLAIN and has MANY MEANINGS to each verses.

But, maybe the Holy Spirit hasn't bless me as He has others when reading the Bible.
---Nicole_Lacey on 11/1/15


\\Who is to teach us? The same Holy Spirit.
\\

And what has yet to be established is if indeed the Holy Spirit has taught you anything, Mark.

We have no evidence other than your say-so.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/31/15


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While I agree that the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, He will never contradict the Bible, and I would never accept any MAN's opinion over the plain statements of the Bible.



---jerry6593 on 11/1/15


Really?

You want people to go to school for 8 years to study medicine before they operate on your body.

You want people to go to school to be a mechanic before they touch your car so you can drive safely.

Make people pass a test and driving lesson before deemed capable of driving a car next to you on the highway.

License Contactors for your house.

License Teachers for your children to learn simple math and reading skills.

But noooooo, not when it comes to God's Words on paper.

Anyone who claims the Holy Spirit has touched is good enough to interpret God's Holy Words.

Right?
---Nicole_Lacey on 10/31/15


Jesus said that no student is greater than his teacher. Who is right: you or Jesus?
---Cluny on 10/29/15

Who taught Jesus? The Holy Spirit.

Who is to teach us? The same Holy Spirit.

John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you"
---Mark_Eaton on 10/30/15


cluny: Having a tutor is fine, but the truth is in the Book - not the tutor. When the two are clearly in conflict you should go with the Book - not the tutor.
---jerry6593 on 10/30/15

There is where you and sam make your first error in logic.
The truth is in the Book. But, you do not ask the teacher. It is apparent you haven't asked the "only" teacher/tutor. Or do you not like the scriptural answers.
Mat_23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren.
Luk_24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
---Trav on 10/30/15


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The Bible interprets itself, the Holy Spirit is the teacher.
Gal 1:11-12 ...the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Holy Ghost filled Peter to preach what the prophets spoke (Acts 2:4).

After Christ gave a ministry to Paul, the Spirit changed his ministry, testifying of Christ according to the mystery. The same Spirit filled Paul to preach the mystery of Christ.
Eph 3:4.5 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit,
---michael_e on 10/30/15


cluny: Having a tutor is fine, but the truth is in the Book - not the tutor. When the two are clearly in conflict you should go with the Book - not the tutor. You reject the clear truth of the Bible, and substitute the fabrications of mere men.


---jerry6593 on 10/30/15


\\ True Cluny we should seek and learn from teachers. But the only way to know if you have a false or true teacher is to study for yourself.\\

Jesus said that no student is greater than his teacher. Who is right: you or Jesus?

\\ The Apostles were opposed by the Scribes, Pharisees and church leaders. \\

The Apostles WERE church leaders. Judaism was not a/the Church.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/29/15


True Cluny we should seek and learn from teachers. But the only way to know if you have a false or true teacher is to study for yourself. The Apostles were opposed by the Scribes, Pharisees and church leaders.

The people had to choose to follow the Bible instead of the church leaders.

Acts 17:11
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Those who refused to study scripture never became Christians and followed tradition above scripture.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 10/28/15


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\\Can YOU please give me the exact verse in the Bible that says that some priest or other mere human has the authority to interpret scripture for me?\\

Where did you get the idea that YOU could? Please give me the exact verse in the Bible.

There is the story of Philip who asked the Ethiopian eunuch, "Do you understand what you are reading?" The reply, "How can I, unless some man show me?" That's in Acts.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/27/15


cluny: OK, How about:

Act 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
Act 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.


Can YOU please give me the exact verse in the Bible that says that some priest or other mere human has the authority to interpret scripture for me?



---jerry6593 on 10/27/15


\\All of our beliefs are over 2000 years old.\\

Like claiming the Investigative Judgement began in 1844?

Like not baptizing infants?

Like rejecting bishops, presbyters, and deacons?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/26/15


Cluny

All of our beliefs are over 2000 years old. They come from the Bible. Many of our beliefs you agree too.

We both believe the Bible is the Word of GOD and in Baptism by immersion as well as the trinity.

We did not reinvent the wheel. We just recognized that many had gone off the track and lost their wheel.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 10/26/15


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How many times does God have to say something for it to be true?
---Cluny on 10/25/15

For doubters, searchers...twice. For orthodoc's and their "ecumenical" family...it doesn't seem to make any difference how many times.
Protestants...will get mad about any verse context mentioned twice.
Example:
Word Covenant found 272 verses.
Jer 33:25 Thus saith the LORD, If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth,
Jer 33:26 Then will I cast away the seed of Jacob, and David my servant, so that I will not take any of his seed to be rulers over the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: for I will cause their captivity to return,
Heb 8:8-10/Jer 31:31-33.
---Trav on 10/26/15


You've not quoted ONE verse against vestments, liturgies, or incense.
Clean up your own house, Trav.
---Cluny on 10/24/15

Pointing to scripture through you is not "housecleaning". That you cannot embrace them...is just a mark.
You are right. Not "ONE" but many verses is more accurate.
Protestant churches... blessed in being free of you pope controlled but, are blind and rejecting of "all" scripture as well, led by less powerful "hirelings".
Col_2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Luk_20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes,...
---Trav on 10/26/15


\\But that tradition and leaders should tell me what to believe. \\

Samuel, do you know what Christian Tradition means to the Orthodox?

It means that you don't have to re-invent the wheel ever 20-50 years. It's giving our ancestors in faith a chance to explain and share what God has already told them.

How many times does God have to say something for it to be true?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/25/15


Trav, no Orthodox partriarch has claimed the authority that popes have arrogated to themselves.


Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/23/15

If they could, who would be the one to make this claimed??

If they (popes) made the claim alone, then why would the ECF write about the authority of the popes?
---Ruben on 10/25/15


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Sadly Cluny I have to agree that many Protestants have done exactly what you said about repetition. I cannot excuse it and have opposed the few in my church who have tried to bring it in.

I will stand before GOD on the day of Judgement. I must answer for where I stood.

But no scripture is to be of a private interpretation that I agree too. But that tradition and leaders should tell me what to believe.

Unless convinced by Scripture and plain reasoning I cannot choose any other then my current stand.

Agape
---Samuelbb7 on 10/25/15


\\ Cursed you? I've only rebuked you with scriptural truth. \\

You've not quoted ONE verse against vestments, liturgies, or incense.

As far as repeated prayers, Protestants don't have a leg to stand on. In almost every Protestant church I've been in, the opening pastoral prayer will say, "Father, we just wanna..." at least twice. At a Church of God, people sang "Have a Little Talk with Jesus" 17 times sitting down (before I lost count) and numberless times standing up.

And how many times did we moan through "Just as I Am" trying to get people to walk down the aisle and be saved?

Clean up your own house, Trav.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/24/15


Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
---Monk_Brendan on 10/23/15

Cursed you? I've only rebuked you with scriptural truth. Truth as in the verses you can suddenly post now are to Abraham, father of Israel. You may have cursed yourself by embracing the catho-lic lie.
You claim Abrahams blessing...but, serve a madam.
Below describes who finds sanctuary.
Eze_37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.
---Trav on 10/23/15


Trav, no Orthodox partriarch has claimed the authority that popes have arrogated to themselves.
If you're going to criticize Orthodoxy, don't think we're just like Roman Catholics. We're not.
---Cluny on 10/23/15

Not alike? Are you worse or better?
Critical? Just sad you are seduced the pharisee's and sadducee's un-necessary customs.
This sanctuary below is called Israels.
Eze_37:26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

(You misspelled a word...if you can't find it let us know we'll make a big scene about it just for you)
---Trav on 10/23/15


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Trav, no Orthodox partriarch has claimed the authority that popes have arrogated to themselves.

Or did you know that?

If you're going to criticize Orthodoxy, don't think we're just like Roman Catholics. We're not.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/23/15


Trav said, "...Doctrinal errors he/you embrace...(as if unaware).
Imprisoned, you two fall under your popes ancient highway/Penal dept of the wide ways. Each of your cults has one. With all rote, repetitious rites, robes, confessors, incense, tonsures, labels and fables and icons. ..."


Thank you for the blessing!

Gen 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse, and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.

Luke 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 10/23/15


Trav said: Well it finally happened. You half stepped and slipped. I replied to monk...who is apparently you by your irritation. Perhaps you are MarkV also??

What will it take to convince youy? Birth certificates signed by the governer of Hawaii?

All those sarcastic replies with few words and no scripture.

As your first reply above is replete with sarcasm and no scripture, your pot shouldn't call the kettle black.

Monk_Brendan said: I don't know who Mark V. is

Mark_V was a blogger who used to blog on here. His last post is dated 12/9/13, ironically enough on a blog titled "How to stop arguing". Sadly, it appears to have not had much effect.
---StrongAxe on 10/22/15


...not the same person. But no, WE ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON!
---Monk_Brendan on 10/22/15

You are sure insulted being compared...to your shadows image.
Doctrinal errors he/you embrace...(as if unaware).
Imprisoned, you two fall under your popes ancient highway/Penal dept of the wide ways. Each of your cults has one. With all rote, repetitious rites, robes, confessors, incense, tonsures, labels and fables and icons. Found witnessed in scripture...as per Jewish custom. Orthodoc's brag about copying the jews. Wow.
Imprisoned by men.
Gal_2:4 that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
---Trav on 10/22/15


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Trav said, "
Well it finally happened. You half stepped and slipped. I replied to monk...who is apparently you by your irritation. Perhaps you are MarkV also??
All those sarcastic replies with few words and no scripture. Do you wear your cathortho robe while posting or just outdoors? Send photos. On second thought...don't."


These ad hominem attacks are outrageous! I don't know who Mark V. is, But I do know that Cluny and I are not the same person. Yes, he is a good friend. Yes, I have been to his church several times, and he has visited mine. But no, WE ARE NOT THE SAME PERSON!

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 10/22/15


Notice that when I asked Trav to tell me what my doctrinal errors were and to back them up with scripture (something he insists everyone else do), he didn't answer at all.

Maybe it's because he can't.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/22/15


Trav you are not showing a loving attitude. Sarcasm shows you have no case and no proof. Otherwise you would not have to sarcasm and insults others as your answer.

Cluny you know where I disagree with you.

Agape.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/21/15


\\Protestants against the false doctrines you've embraced and false piousness.\\

What false doctrines have I embraced? Be specific and give scriptures against them
---Cluny on 10/21/15

Well it finally happened. You half stepped and slipped. I replied to monk...who is apparently you by your irritation. Perhaps you are MarkV also??
All those sarcastic replies with few words and no scripture. Do you wear your cathortho robe while posting or just outdoors? Send photos. On second thought...don't.
---Trav on 10/21/15


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Interesting you start by attacking my church. Then attack me. But on what basis do you attack us? No specific charges do you give.

Only GOD knows our hearts.

James 4:11
Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.

The word Agape is a special word for a caring love.

Agape.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/21/15


Trav.
You cannot know how Pious Monk Brendan is since you don't know him. None of us can read the hearts of others.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/21/15

Sam, Yes we can.
Your not even capable of judging the cult you belong too and you think to give anyone advice? Monk is (sus)-pious enough to tell me I am dead to him, a serpent etc for rebuking him.
Then act like he can change our terrible attitudes by his white lil ole heart. Ha, what a wolf with-in a robe. He just ate you.
1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.
---Trav on 10/21/15


\\Protestants against the false doctrines you've embraced and false piousness.\\

What false doctrines have I embraced? Be specific and give scriptures against them (since that is your rule, make sure you follow it).

As far as the blind leading the blind, Jesus also said, "Because you say, 'I see!' your sin therefore remains."

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/21/15


I am glad we agree Leon.

Trav. You cannot know how Pious Monk Brendan is since you don't know him. None of us can read the hearts of others.

I prefer to just say we disagree and wish to point to scripture for my answers.

I love this interesting passage.

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

agape
---Samuelbb7 on 10/21/15


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Trav said, "He doesn't try, it is his spirit.
It is ironic that your arrogance, and non-scripturally supported opinions show us exactly what we need to know about your institution.
You've been a blessing in reverse. Our hope would be that you grow as lacy shows promise of growing.
Thanks for confirming what most already knew here. That it is humbly blessed, to be "protesting", Protestants against the false doctrines you've embraced and false piousness..."


Oh come on, Trav, I was on your side on this one. Can't you cut me some slack for defending you?

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 10/21/15


...are good examples.
---Cluny on 10/20/15

Ouch, that hurts. As a wise man once said "I resemble that remark".

I have provided Scriptures to accompany my beliefs and Scriptures also accompany my attempts to dissuade others from what I believe is error. As I have said, I expect my beliefs are also full of errors.

I try to not think highly of myself, rather I think highly of others and try to be of service to others whenever I can.

But I also know that two of my character defects are arrogance and grandiosity!
---Mark_Eaton on 10/21/15


(Cluny)...think you try too hard to be abrasive. ... we can change the attitude of our Protestant brothers.
---Monk_Brendan on 10/20/15

He doesn't try, it is his spirit.
It is ironic that your arrogance, and non-scripturally supported opinions show us exactly what we need to know about your institution.
You've been a blessing in reverse. Our hope would be that you grow as lacy shows promise of growing.
Thanks for confirming what most already knew here. That it is humbly blessed, to be "protesting", Protestants against the false doctrines you've embraced and false piousness.
Luk_6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
---Trav on 10/21/15


///...No one has argued that we should not compare scripture with scripture and look at the verses in context to see the true meaning.

Should we not also look at who that scripture is written to.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/20/15///

Yes, all of the above Sam. I want to reinterate, no one but the Holy Spirit has the authority to "interpret" Scripture & enables believers to "discern" (understand) the interpretations.
---Leon on 10/20/15


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\\Mark_E: Reason is some people (here & elsewhere) think more highly of themselves than they should. (Romans 12:3)
---Leon on 10/20/15\\

Leon and Mark E are good examples.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/20/15


Cluny said, "God's light shows me that most people's interpretation of Scripture on the blogs is false.

Including yours.

Glory to Jesus Christ!"


My brother Cluny,

I sometimes think you try too hard to be abrasive. Let us, between the two of us (and Maybe StrongAxe and Nicole Lacey) try to urge each other to love and good works, and to use gentle words. Maybe by us improving our attitude, we can change the attitude of our Protestant brothers.

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 10/20/15


Good points Leon.

No one has argued that we should not compare scripture with scripture and look at the verses in context to see the true meaning.

Should we not also look at who that scripture is written to.

2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
---Samuelbb7 on 10/20/15


///You practice the separation of saints and fellow believers. Why are you not called St. Cluny? Are we not all filled with the Spirit of Christ and gifted according to His and the churches needs? If others are gifted more than us, why exalt them? Remember, God is NOT a respecter of person, but your church surely is.---Mark_Eaton on 10/19/15

Mark_E: Reason is some people (here & elsewhere) think more highly of themselves than they should. (Romans 12:3)
---Leon on 10/20/15


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The problem here it that the questioner supposes people have the innate ability to INTERPRET scripture. The fact of the matter is Scripture isn't given for our private interpretations. (2 Peter 1:19-21) Scripture is given so that God (The Holy Spirit) will interpret (reveal/explain) God's truth as He guide believers who hear, heed & pay attention to, & obey the Word of God. (John 14:26)

All we can do is DISCERN (understand), not interpret, what God would have us know as the Holy Spirit INTERPRETS (reveals, instructs).

Private interpretation is like being a self-taught, alleged "know it all" who doesn't have a teacher besides himself. There's a 100% probability such a person will get it absolutely wrong.
---Leon on 10/20/15


\\ Why are you not called St. Cluny? \\

Maybe one day I will be.

\\Are we not all filled with the Spirit of Christ and gifted according to His and the churches needs? \\

I don't know about you, yet.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/20/15


Cluny, not only there isn't a SINGLE Scripture in the Bible (73 books for us, not 66 books for them) for one to interpret for themselves, Jesus backed up the Jewish form of teaching:

Matthew 23:2
"The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do.
---Nicole_Lacey on 10/20/15


The passages from the letters to St. Timothy were written to a young bishop who DID have the authority to interpret scripture.
---Cluny on 10/16/15

BCV please, where Timothy is given authority.

I bet I know the answer to my own question. It is Tradition, right?

You practice the separation of saints and fellow believers. Why are you not called St. Cluny? Are we not all filled with the Spirit of Christ and gifted according to His and the churches needs? If others are gifted more than us, why exalt them? Remember, God is NOT a respecter of person, but your church surely is.
---Mark_Eaton on 10/19/15


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\\And my interpretation of scripture is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all, and He is God's own Son. And Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead on the third day.\\

Since this is exactly what the Orthodox Church has always believed and proclaimed, it is therefore not your own private interpretation.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/17/15


"God's light shows me that most people's interpretation of Scripture on the blogs is false.

Including yours."

And my interpretation of scripture is that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all, and He is God's own Son. And Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again from the dead on the third day. And "God" who calls this interpretation false is "the god of this world" who is Satan. So, if the light of the one you say is "God" calls my interpretation false, who then is your "God"?

Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again on the third day. I do not call this false interpretation, Cluny!!
---Bill on 10/17/15


"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." The same applies today whether in the study of scripture, or the speaking thereof. Personally when I study scripture I am not seeking to interpret, but rather to understand what is actually being said. I seek to do this by reading the text as written, and defining the words I am not sure of in the language in which they were spoken, within the context in which they were used, depending upon what I believe to be the divine inspiration and influence of the Father, trusting Him.
---joseph on 10/17/15


Thank you Mark Eaton those are some very good verses.

I have to stand before GOD and answer to Him. I should and have to spend time to study what the Bible says. So that I know what I believe and am able to give an answer for my faith.

1Peter 3:15
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

I love to listen and have read why others believe the way they do. But I must compare scripture with scripture to find the truth by studying the verses in context.

agape
---Samuelbb7 on 10/16/15


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\\God makes us able. In God's love, we have deeper-than-words communication, to realize. His light shows more than words can tel\\

God's light shows me that most people's interpretation of Scripture on the blogs is false.

Including yours.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/16/15


Mark E, none of the passages you quoted support private interpretation of Scripture.

The passages from the letters to St. Timothy were written to a young bishop who DID have the authority to interpret scripture.

Try again.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 10/16/15


"\\'And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment.' (Philippians 1:9)
\\

And you think this is talking about interpreting Scripture, Bill?"

One of the things, Cluny. In God's love is His own light for seeing even more than words alone can tell.

And we help "one another" > Colossians 3:16.

"**We don't. But God gives us the ability to interpret scripture for Him . . . in His love **

And just how do we know whose interpretations are correct?"

God makes us able. In God's love, we have deeper-than-words communication, to realize. His light shows more than words can tell (c:

Also see Hebrews 5:13-14.
---Bill on 10/16/15


Here are a few:

1 Tim 4:13 "Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine"

2 Tim. 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth"

Acts 17:11 "These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so"

John 15:7 " If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,..."

Rom 15:4 "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope"
---Mark_Eation on 10/16/15


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Cluny:

You wrote: Can someone please give me the exact verse in the Bible that says anyone has the authority to interpret scripture for himself/herself?

It's probably near the one that gives someone the authority to interpret it for everybody else.
---StrongAxe on 10/16/15


\\"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment." (Philippians 1:9)
\\

And you think this is talking about interpreting Scripture, Bill?

**We don't. But God gives us the ability to interpret scripture for Him . . . in His love **

And just how do we know whose interpretations are correct?
---Cluny on 10/16/15


We don't. But God gives us the ability to interpret scripture for Him . . . in His love >

"And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment." (Philippians 1:9)

If we do not have the ability to interpret God's word, how can we have the ability to understand how others interpret scripture? ? ? ?
---Bill on 10/16/15


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