The whole point of reading and understanding the Bible is to encounter God, understand the revelation he has given us and grow in faith.
But, we do not read alone. We read the Bible within the tradition of the Church to benefit from the holiness and wisdom of those who have gone before us. As long ago as the 5th century, St. Jerome, a Father and Doctor of the Catholic Church insisted that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ!”
Catholics believe that there are different ways to understand the Bible:
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