"There are plenty of Christians on here who can help with interpretation."
It is not automatically correct to say that the Christian interpretation of the Bible is a correct one and at the same time of course also there is many different Christian interpretation traditions (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Gnostic, etc.), but also other reading traditions like hermeneutics, discourse analysis, deconstructionism, etc., etc. How to choose which way to read? Or how about maybe read in many different ways?!? Already different translations of the Bible are different interpretations of the Bible. Also already Jesus did not speak Greek, but Aramaic. This of course already means that the translations of Jesus' words from Aramaic to Greek are already interpretations. Who knows if these early interpretations are good or bad or is it that the same sayings of Jesus could have been translated into Greek quite differently than they actually were. Maybe there was different interpretation traditions of the words of Jesus, but most of them were destroyed by the ruling interpretations. Why isn't there left any Gospels in Aramaic?
Is there any ONE correct way to read such a multi-layered book as the Bible? Can there be many different way to read the Bible and can many of them be in some ways fruitful. This does not of course mean that all different ways of interpretation are equally right.Is there only one truth of interpretation? If there is, then who has it? Are we talking about totalitarianism here?
Interpretation is one of the most difficult tasks of human consciousness, but most of the people do not understand the difficulties of our continuous interpretive way of existing in the world and towards all meaningful objects, for example, books including the Bible (the Book) or the sometimes called the Book of the Books. Our culture is made out of interpretations of Greek philosophy (for example fundamental concepts like 'idea', 'politics', 'logos', etc.) and Judeo-Christian religion, but these original roots of our Western Culture could be interpreted in numerous different ways. Is it possible that actually the Greek or the Latin way of interpreting the Bible is not at all the best way? Most of the Bible interpretation is done within the conceptual frameworks of the Greek Philosophy or actually a certain way of interpreting the Greek Philosophy.
Most of the Christians have forgotten to read with astonishment and open mind the Bible as they have learned already a certain kind of way to read, to interpret. The more one is locked into a certain way of reading the more closed minded one's interpretations become. No tradition has the truth about what is the meaning of the words of Jesus for example as we do not even know for sure what he actually said as there is no Aramaic Gospels any more and even if we would have them still to say what is the meaning of his Good News would be always question of interpretation.
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