The Bible is the Word of God. That, we, as Christians, can all agree on.
I am a member of a secular forum based off an anime. In this forum there is a “serious discussion” sub-forum where we talk about matters such as politics and religion. There is a thread in this forum about homosexuality, and a 15 year old girl who recently discovered that she was a lesbian was taking part in this thread, making statements about how the Bible is full of hate.
The other Christians on the board attempted to refute her point, saying that nowhere in the Bible is there mention of hate, at least, not in a way that’s glorified and justified among human beings. However, she claims that it is still full of hate because of some of the laws mentioned in the Old Testament, and even going as far as saying that Jesus’ sacrifice was done out of hate for the human race, and how revolting it was for Jesus to tell His disciples to eat His flesh and drink His blood.
So not to veer too off-topic on the subject of homosexuality, I decided to ask her via private message some questions about how much she knew about the Bible and what her scriptural background was.
She said that her mother was an off-and-on Roman Catholic and her dad was non-religious. When she was younger she was excited about the Bible and what it had to teach, and in fact became so excited about it that she wanted to study the Bible on her own and read it for herself. However, when she got to some of the stories that weren’t really mentioned much in her regular Bible Study (or whatever), she became distraught by it all and refuted the Bible and God as Truth.
I didn’t know how to explain the love and mercy behind Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice in my own words, so I looked up some words written by C.S. Lewis instead.
I showed her the link, hoping that this would at least let her think about the possibility of Jesus dying for our sins because He loves us.
She told me that it was interesting how many different ways someone can interpret the Bible.
This really struck me because it showed me that this most likely a primary cause in why we as humans are not all united in Christ.
I know that as Christians we are to believe that everything in the Bible is Truth. Christ says that He is the way, the truth, and the light. But why should anyone take those words to heart just because they were written in a book?
I have taken some literature classes at my university and one of the first points we learn is that literature can be interpreted however the reader wants to interpret it. Yet at the same time, these interpretations must be backed up by valid sources or else it is difficult to take most if not all interpretations seriously. An interpretation cannot stand on its own.
I feel like the entire premise of “sola scriptura” is to rely solely on the Bible for answers. While the Bible does contain many answers, it also contains many questions which can be answered by using the Bible itself, yet not all of them.
I believe that the reason why Sacred Tradition is so important is because it gives ground for Sacred Scripture to stand on. The Catholic Church’s “interpretation” of the Bible is based on the Oral Teachings of the early Church.
God gave us the gift of Scripture to help guide us to His One Truth. However, it cannot stand alone as long as there are people who are willing to make multiple truths out of His book.
(I apologize if this sounds like a lot of gibberish babble; for some reason I really like coming to this forum at 4 AM)