Not true at all at all.Please feel free to pick one and make a thread on it and allow me and my Catholic friends here to correct that mistaken notion.
he stated that “he’s intelligent to know that he’s not intelligent enough to read the Bible and understand it on his own” meaning he believed what the priests told him. I thought at the time it was a cop-out. I have since been told that this is a “very Catholic mindset”.
Again… not true.
Poll: Catholics: When did you last read the Bible?
As for interpretations…Catholics listen first to what the Church teaches if there is some question concerning a passage, realizing that these things are not done lightly and that in fact the Catholic Church’s level of scholarship is far and away higher than the majority of n-C teachers and preachers. For instance, most n-Cs are woefully ignorant as to Christian history and the writings of the early church, which offers tremendous insight into what they taught and is worthwhile for comparison to modern post reformation teachings outside the Church.
Also, I have been doing a lot of research and have come across some references basically stating that if a person tries “interpreting” the Bible on their own that they are actually putting trust in themselves instead of trust in God.
I don’t know where you got this. As I said, you have to know where to go for good scholarship.
This bothers me for a couple of different reasons:
- Having read much of the Bible, I find that I don’t need to “interpret” much. There is not a lot left to the imagination. This seems to be by design…God chose normal people to write the Bible (some priests but also fisherman, tax collector, shepherd, etc…) because it was to be read by normal people. Why then do we need a priest or other clergy to “interpret” it for us?
Essentially Catholics, myself included, assert the same thing, however, if this were an effective answer, then there wouldn’t be such a myriad of wild doctrines flying around today. Yet all these individuals profess to offer these teachings by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in spite of their divergence…
- This mindset sounds a bit “cultish”. In researching how cults are able to draw people in, I have found that use of the Bible is common, but then power is drawn away from the Bible and to the leader(s) followed by extra-biblical doctrine. This sounds like the RCC in a nutshell.
I’ve heard this sort of thing before but I have yet to discover a Catholic teaching that was not Biblically based, especially when approached from your stated perspective that the Bible needs little interpretation. Most of those who assert this about the Catholic Church cannot substantiate that allegation with a knowledgeable Catholic like me. There’s a whole library of articles on Catholic teachings that some will assert are extra-biblical, when in fact these articles prove that not to be the case.
I am not interested in a raging debate. I would simply like to read your responses. Thanks for your input!
Well there’s your answer. Your Catholic friend sounds like he needs to get better into the why and wherefore of what we believe because he’s given you the wrong impression.