|Posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:05 PM|
"It is raining cats and dogs!" - Just imagine someone writes that down and somebody else reads it 2000 years after that. The reactions might be: "Oh heck, those poor animals!" "You need to see that symbolically. Cats were symbols for the feminine and dogs for the masculine part in human beings!" ""That was a cultural thing. Cats and dogs were used to call for rain. That does not apply to us anymore." - Rings a bell? Same with the Written Word of God - the Bible. You need to understand what background the writers and those the writings were addressed to had, under what circumstances the texts were written and what the purpose was. For that we needthose in the Church who were annointed and who are in apostolic succession - along with those they gave authority to. Only then can we understand the true meaning of the Holy Scripture and trust its interpretation as being in line with what the authors had in mind!