Interpreting the Bible is no easy matter. I like to think of it as driving. If we didn’t have all the rules and regulations, there would be accidents all the time. With no signs to tell you which way to go or which road is which, there would be lots of wrong turns. Lots of mistakes. Now some people may step up to say that their way to drive is the right way, but it would be hard-pressed to actually find two people who agree exactly.
Scripture is very similar. Without rules and regulations, you’ll end up having more than 30,000 Christian denominations, as you see today. All of them say that they are being guided by the Holy Spirit, and that they believe in sola scriptura (Bible alone), but then why are there more than 30,000 denominations, each with their unique view of Jesus and the Bible? Jesus never wanted division, but unity (John 17:11). Paul continually talked about being one and united in his letters. He was constantly going from one church to another to affirm they were all teaching the same doctrine.
Why so much division, then? I believe it is Satan pulling his strings; Divide and conquer. Convincing people that they’re right. Making them believe that they have the power to interpret scripture. Spreading lies about the Catholic Church and what they believe. I love my Protestant brothers and sisters, but I know many of them are misguided about what we believe. I know Satan has his hands in this. How else can so many people believe in the same lies about the Church?
Jesus created the Church to guide us in the truth, keep us united, and keep his covenant promise. He made Peter “Cephas” (“rock” in Aramaic) and built His Church on that rock which the gates of hell would never prevail against. Jesus gave Peter the “keys to the kingdom” which is far from insignificant (Mt 16:18). Shortly before He was arrested, Jesus told His apostles, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows it…I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
The Church gives us guidelines of how to read scripture, not to restrict us, but to open up a whole new world. Because once there are signs on the road and regulations set, you can drive and explore almost anywhere. You will find yourself always discovering something new and exciting!