Beanybag wrote:Can we come to that interpretation through outside help or must we come to it by ourselves?
Jer 3:15 And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Acts 8:30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
Acts 8:31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Part of the reason the God of the Bible created the Levitical priesthood in the first place was in order to teach the masses; that people were not supposed to learn solely by themselves which would eventually lead to individualistic interpretation and cults and granted that has happened in some cases. A priest class was initiated and instituted. The churches in general and especially the Catholics have actually done this by creating either a board of directors with mission statements containing core beliefs or as in Catholicism, a hierarchy which includes, ministers, priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals and finally the pope; each one responsible for the group lower than it in rank. There is also the church itself as a unified group of believers worldwide, which contain elders of the faith, who have the right to correct others within the faith so that the Christian message presented publicly, is one in both mind and judgment.
If all of us went to a math class and were told there was no instructor, some of us could probably learn without a teacher but the majority would not be able to grasp concepts without a teacher. Modern education systems are patterned after old, with instructors teaching students. It's the same within Theology, covered very well in 1Corinthians ch 12. Some have been given the gift to teach. Others are just learners.
John 13:13 You call me Teacher and Lord: and you say well; for so I am.
We learn from our teacher, Christ.
Well it may be the devil or it may be the Lord but you know you gotta serve somebody. Bob Dylan
Every one that is of the truth hears my voice. Jesus from John 18:37