BASIC R.C. BELIEF
In Roman Catholic theology, any interpretation not authorized by the
Church. They use the example of the Pharisees, who quoted scripture but had
Private interpretation is forbidden by God (II Peter 1:20-21). The Greek
word for private is idios, one's self. All human interpretation is wrong,
because it was the Holy Spirit Who authored the Word. Therefore there is
only one Authorized Teacher of the Bible, the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; I
Corinthians 2:13; I John 2:27).
It is impossible for unconverted men to correctly interpret scripture.
Popes and Church Councils are condemned by God because they interpret
privately (John 7:17).
The reason for varying interpretation on minor points among Christians
is that the truth coming from the Holy Spirit is pure, but finds expression
through men who are more or less imperfect and thus, to some extent, His
teaching is corrupted.
Appeal to "infallible" popes is fruitless. Popes have erred and Roman
Catholic theology is always open to revision or development.
In actual fact, the Roman Catholicn church has only defined the meanings
of seven scriptures, John 3:5, 20:22,23; James 5:14; Luke 22:19; Romans
5:12; I Cor 11:24. Therefore, when a Roman Catholic apologist uses
scripture, we can ask him if he knows what that scripture really means. He
will have to say no, as the church has only defined the above seven.
Therefore he must privately interpret that Bible verse.
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