How can we help people to understand the Bible? Bible study is undertaken for many reasons: as part of a theological course, for apologetic purposes, for personal comfort and guidance, as historical evidence, for the beauty of the literature; even, sadly, in order to use as a tool against other Christians. The Church does not expect everyone to be Scripture scholars, but to everyone who wishes to study the word of God, she offers clear criteria. Study carried out in isolation without reference to the Church’s teaching on how to read Scripture may sometimes lead to an individualistic and subjective reading of the texts – one that may conflict with the interpretations of others and with those of the Church.
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