Individual Interpretation of the Bible is Prohibited by Holy Scripture.


It was a sad day when I read that the internet was being used with avid interest by those who are scrambling to form their own churches. These people comb the internet searching for the beliefs of these various sects, just so they can find a niche to make theirs different from all the others. They completely disregard the teaching of Our Lord when He said, "...and there shall be ONE FOLD and ONE SHEPHERD." John 10:16
There are over 38,000 individual non-Catholic sects in the world now, with more being added every day. With the advent of millions of potential 'customers' who are easily reached on-line, that number is expected to increase at an accelerated rate. This hurts the Christian cause, as it is satan's way to divide and conquer, and it is GOD's way to unite into one Church with one Shepherd. It is making Protestantism even more and more impotent.


The primary root cause of this is the false belief of individual interpretation of the Bible. Protestant churches cannot teach that they are the 'One True Church' which Jesus Christ founded because none of them can trace their origin back 2000 years to Jesus Christ when He founded His Church in Matt 16:18. If all Protestantism was united in the Holy Spirit, then how can you explain that Calvinists believe Baptism is a Sacrament, but Baptists do not? How do you explain that Lutherans say that Mary is the Mother of GOD, but Evangelicals say she is not? How do you explain that Episcopalians believe man has free will, yet Presbyterians deny it? You can go on and on through all 38,000 non-Catholic Christian sects and see differences of opinion as presented in this sampling.
If all Christian Churches taught the same thing then there would be only one Church, as there was for the first 1500 years of Christianity.


In all of the above examples, the one side interprets the Bible this way, and the other side interprets it that way. "The simple fact of the matter is, that it is not possible to put together any selection of words in which some ingenious person may not find a meaning not meant by the writer of the verse." Frank Sheed.

"Only a public authority, divinely guided, can spell out without error, a public message divinely revealed." Fr. Pere Benoit...
The Pope, in accordance with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, is the public authority, divinely guided, of which Fr. Benoit speaks.


There are many Bible verses which tell us that individual interpretation of the Bible simply cannot be done without divine assistance...

Luke 24:45,
"Then He opened their minds, that they might understand the  Scriptures."
So it took Jesus Christ to open the minds of the Apostles so that  they could teach others in the truth.
Do you believe likewise that Jesus Christ opened the minds of each of the leaders of all those 38,000 non-Catholic sects? If so, why is there so much disagreement between them?

Acts 8:27-40, the eunuch was trying to read Isaiah when Philip asked him,  
"Do you understand what you are reading?" But he said, "Why, how can I,  unless someone shows me?"
Since Philip had been filled by the Holy Spirit in  Acts 2:4, he was able to explain the truth of Isaiah to the eunuch.

2Pet 1:20, St. Peter said, "This then you must understand first of all, that NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS MADE BY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION."  I do not see how Peter could have said it any plainer than he did here. Why do  Protestants ignore verses such as this one?

2Pet 3:16-17, St. Peter said, "...In these Epistles there are certain things difficult to  understand, WHICH THE UNLEARNED AND UNSTABLE DISTORT, JUST  AS THEY DO THE REST OF THE SCRIPTURES ALSO, TO THEIR OWN  DESTRUCTION. YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN, SINCE YOU KNOW  THIS BEFOREHAND, BE ON YOUR GUARD LEST, CARRIED AWAY BY  THE ERROR OF THE FOOLISH, YOU FALL AWAY FROM YOUR  STEADFASTNESS."
Here is a very clear warning that it is  easy to fall into error by private interpretation of Scripture.



Who would you prefer to believe...
A group of thousands of learned Bishops with impeccable qualifications, and the Holy Spirit to guide them,
or some individuals interpretation of the Bible, who has questionable qualifications, and who does not have the truth of the Holy Spirit to guide him?



Written by Bob Stanley, January 21, 1998
Updated December 28, 2006

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