The Bible: An Observation
When the Bible is viewed with contempt it is treated contemptuously. And the most contemptuous, and contemptible use to which the Bible is put is the view that every reading, every interpretation, every opinion concerning it is equally valid.
We treat no other profession as disdainfully as we treat the profession of the Biblical scholar. Lawyers, Doctors, even Mechanics are treated with more respect than the scholar of the Bible. How so? Because while the skills, training, and expertise of the previously mentioned professionals are seldom denounced, the skills, training, and expertise of the Biblical scholar is regularly set aside by the massa perditionis, as it ignorantly opines ‘well that’s how you see it, but I see it this way, and since everyone’s opinion matters, mine is of equal weight to yours and should be accepted by you in spite of the fact that you are the expert”.
In other words, it is only the expertise of the Biblical scholar that is disputed. Does this mean scholars can’t be wrong? Absolutely not. But it does mean that the view of the ignorant does not carry the same weight or possess the same value as that of the trained scholar.
Try this. The next time you have to go to the pharmacy, go behind the counter and fill your own prescription. You’re an expert on the Bible in spite of the fact that you can’t tell ן from נ or ς from ζ. So you must be an expert on pharmacology too. And piloting an aircraft- you have a flight simulator, right? Or war- because you have a battle game for your x-box, right?
In sum, those people who pretend expertise on the Bible are those who actually have the least respect for it. If they really respected it, they would understand that they don’t understand it as well as someone who has spent years and years learning the biblical languages, sharpening interpretative methodologies and skills, and living ‘in the book’ every waking hour of their life.
Nothing, after all, says dilettante quite like the soul which spends 15 minutes a week in the Bible pretending expertise.