Aren’t You Perfectly Capable of Interpreting the Scriptures All On Your Own?

by Miguel

An important man in a Limo was driving by with the window open. Another person on the street heard that he was reading a Bible very loudly. The person on the street asked the man in the Limo, “do you understand what you’re reading?” The man in the Limo responded, “”How can I, unless someone explains it to me?”

That didn’t happen it quite that way. Here’s how it really happened:

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the book of Isaiah the prophet. The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

“How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” Acts 8:26-31

This passage has been used by many to imply that you are not capable of interpreting or understanding scripture (The Bible) on your own. You need the help of another to get it. This sentiment has been used throughout church history to divide those “in the know” from those “not-yet knowing.” The more of the Bible they know, the higher up they are on the ecclesiastical ladder they climb. Entire hierarchical structures are based on mastery of the scriptures instead of serving the One whom the scriptures point to.



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