2 Peter 3:15-16
We must learn to not lean on our own understanding:
“And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures.” -2 Peter 3:15-16, NAB
Not everyone can read Scripture and understand it at first glance. Even if we understand the words used, do we really understand the message? To me, it often seems that Scripture has a delicate balance between the words chosen and the meaning behind them, and it is that balance that makes Scripture so beautiful.
When interpreting Scripture, we must learn to dive deeper into the meaning of each verse. Sure, we can read it on the surface, and often times, our interepretation will be just fine; however, as we look deeper, we may find that our initial thoughts were incorrect. I have been guilty of this myself, and, as hard as I may try not to be wrong, I may have even interpreted things wrong on this site. That is why I do everything I can to be as accurate as possible.
It can be easy to start to feel lost when reading Scripture, but there are a number of resources available to us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church is one great resource, and it can even be found online from the USCCB (read it here). There are many online sites to read the Bible itself, and many of them have links to footnotes for more help. Personally, I use the NAB provided by the Vatican (read it here). Then, there are websites like Catholic Answer’s Catholic.com and the wonderful NewAdvent.org. The list of resources goes on and on.
Are you a theological scholar? Can you read the Old Testament without getting a little lost at times? Have you read all of St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica? Well, if you’re like me, you probably haven’t, but that’s okay. The road to becoming a theological scholar begins with just one verse. It does not matter which one you choose, but choose just one and learn everything you can about it. You may not be a thelogical scholar now, and you may never be, but the road has to begin somewhere.