[quote="manualman, post:13, topic:239611"]
You know what a troll is, right? ;)
I can't even come close to imagining how someone of genuine goodwill could come to that summary of the above passages.
The soundbite version of catholic teaching on the bible is that it is the divinely inspired revelation of God, inerrant and unchanging. But ANY individual needs to exercise caution in making radical interpretations of Scripture passages before vetting that interpretation against the REST of Scripture and Tradition (the teaching authority).
Perhaps not coincidentally, catholicism has experienced but a handful of fractures in 2,000 years while the "personal interpretation" approach has in a mere 500 years produced THOUSANDS of distinct faith communities each with some level of differing interpretations all thinking theirs is the one based on Scripture. Yeah, uh huh....
If you want to see the best of popular level (not academic) catholic scripture study, check out the Great Adventure Bible Study series.
No offense, but this sort of response strikes me as unhelpful. I've read quite a few of LIT56RD's posts, and it seems to me that he is trying to understand a religion after suffering through a lot of poor catechesis. Those of us who have been on this forum for a while, including you, Manualman, know that there are a LOT of poorly catechized Catholics out there, some of whom have extremely bitter memories of mistreatment by Catholics, including by Catholic priests. We all know people who were told (by priests, even) "Your husband divorced you? You can't receive Communion" -- even though that's a blatant violation of canon law. We have all known people who were told the equivalent of "Shut up and do as you're told" -- even though that flies in the face of the Catechism. And we've all known plenty of Catholics who are more focused on The Rules Of The Church (genuflect when you open the rubrics, please) than on evangelization or even Christian charity.
LIT56RD's characterization above is understandable, given his history. I happen to disagree with it, and (given the opportunity) I hope that LIT56RD will eventually see things from my point of view and agree with me.
But please don't call him a troll, challenge his goodwill, and use sarcasm to respond to him. That won't help him understand what we're trying to say.