To say that the Scriptures are insufficient and to engage in argumentation that ‘well, everyone has their own interpretations’ is to completely remove the active work of the Holy Spirit in the reading and understanding of the Word, and that is quite incredibly insulting to God.
Robert, I am perplexed as to how I should respond to this, because it is no doubt in response to Michael’s quote from myself, and yet you’ve stated in your ‘About Me’ that you “try to stay out of public debates regarding heresy.” Since you said that my statement is “quite incredibly insulting to God”, I can’t help but be frustrated. So I hope we can actually talk about where we’re coming from in the statements we’re making. I don’t want to this to turn into some ad hominem or reductio ad absurdum back-and-forth.
To be up front, I’ve engaged and posted on biblical hermeneutics (for example: here, here, here, and here) as well as articles on Early Jewish, Christian, and Reformed hermeneutics. I’ve even written on Inspiration. This is not to say that I’m some sort authority by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m not exactly making statements that aren’t backed up. And I’m not trying to insult the Trinity and/or the pursuit of truth. I’d rather we engage each other directly than making passive statements about each other.
Woud you mind answering a few questions? Do you:
- Acknowledge that Protestants have multiple interpretations?
- If so, is that or problem or no?
- Where is the Holy Spirit active with Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant interpretations being so different?