[quote=Shibboleth]I think we are guided by the Holy Sprit in all things. The Holy Spirit guides our reading and interpreting the Bible and it guides our conversations on this message board. But due to pride, wrath, greed, etc. along with just simple human limitations of understanding we make mistakes.
Look at people’s comments on this thread from a few Catholics. Their acts are guided or encouraged to be right by way of the Holy Spirit but I see an awful lot of sinful Pride.
I believe the Holy Spirit guides me by giving me the grace necessary to be humble enough to accept that which He chose to give unerring (and infallible) direction in interpreting Holy Revelation, including the Bible. Outside of this grace, I am prone to “creating” my own interpretations that diverge from the True and Authentic meaning of this Revelation. I can accept this grace, or not. It is my choice.
The Holy Spirit chose to give this unerring (and infallible) direction to Jesus’ Church. This church is the Catholic Church. As long as I align myself to the Catholic Church’s interpretation of this piece of Revelation (and everything else, like Sacred Tradition), I can be 100% absolutely sure that the interpretation is exactly and perfectly what the Holy Spirit intended for us to understand and accept.
If my personal interpretation is different than this, I know I need to ask the Holy Soirit to open my heart up to the True meaning given by the Church. Pride may get in my way, so a lot of prayer is needed. I know the Holy Spirit will guide me and show me to be humble enough to accept the Truth.
I believe there have been numerous instances throughout history, when good Catholics have lost sight of this: that they need to be humble in accepting God’s ordinary way of securing our salvation (through his Church), and they diverge from the Truth and form their own way of “securing” their salvation by creating new interpretations, retaining some interpretations from the Church, and rejecting many others. Granted, some of them got frustrated with the Church for good reasons, but they chose the wrong way to deal with the situation. This, to me, is risky. It is like trying to find a destination in a large US city without being able to ask someone who knows, like a police officer, who has been trained and has a lot more experience in this city than you. I admit: it is a little humbling having to stop to ask for directions, but I know the police officer will know.
The same thing goeas with the Church. I know it contains everything I need for my salvation, including the correct interpretation of Scripture, so I go to her for the right answer. It may be a bit humbling at times, but at the end, I’ll get the right answer, and won’t get lost.
Many times I hear that the Bible is “infallible”. However, infallibility implies the ability to reason, and make a decision. Only intelligent beings could potentially be infallible. For this reason, the Bible is not infallible. It is unerring, though. But also, for this same reason, an infallible entity is required to interpret this unerring document correctly. That function was given by the Holy Spirit to His Church.