I have posted this question several times on several differant sites, but have never realy been given a logical explaination to the points brought up.
It does deal with Sola Scriptora and the beleife that if all you do is read the bible, God will guide you.
To those that agree with the doctrine of Sola Scriptora, how do you respond to the following concerns I have with it. I am not trying to bode you into an arguement, I am geinunly curious how you account for this…
The Basis for my questions come from 2 peter cht 1. At the end of chapter one we are told that all personal interpretation and prophecy of man should be suspect except those from the spirit.
Now, i know many of our protestant brothers and sisters will see this and say exactly, you cannot trust your own interpretation, but it says we are to trust the Holy spirit, and that is what guides our interpretation…
My Quesiton is this.
How do you KNOW you are being guided by the holy spirit. There are three possible reasons for someone to come up with their interpretation of verses in scripture
The interpretation can come form your own understadning of the world. Everything we do effects the outcome of every choice we make. When we do somethign as important as reading the bible, how do we know our past experiences are not influencing our interpretation. It may be accurate, but how do you know. All you ahve to go on is your own feelings in the matter. It may “Feel” amazingly right, but infact be amazingly wrong. I
Worst case - The devil is playing wiht our little heads. Remember, event eh devil can appear as an angel of light. I have often heard people rebuff this with they will KNOW it is the devil. I say, No you wont. The devil is the master of lies. If ther are people here on earth that can cheat you and you never even know it, how much better do you think the devil is at this. The BEST scams are those where you never knew you were scammed. So, how do you know your interpretation is not a creation of the devil’s games. The best lies are those that are based in truth. What better truth to use as a lie than the words Christ gave us.
Realy is the holy spirit - no explaination needed…
So, How do you knwo which of these three cases is your understanding if you are depending on your own persoanl interpretation. We cannot go by feeling because in each of these cases our feelings will say we have it right. How do you reconcile these issues when reading. You can very easily become a false teacher, and never even know it.
The answer sadly cannot be God will show me the way, because, while he might, again how do you knwo which of the three cases is true. You cannot say Ill pray for the right answer, because once again, back to the same three issues.
To each of you in Christ