Reformed Theology How do we know our interpretation is the right one?  Calvinism

How do we know our interpretation is the right one?

Reformed Theology How do we know our interpretation is the right one?  Calvinism
How do we know our interpretation is the right one?

Hello all! I'm fairly new here so forgive me if I don't follow protocols in this.

Recently, I had a friend who is Greek Orthodox ask me a question that has quite honestly floored me. They asked, "How can you be sure that your interpretation of Scripture is the right one?" I can answer why the Bible is reliable, how it came into existence, and how its primacy in the church has never been contested, and how it is self-authenticating, but not how our interpretation of it is accurate. In short, by what authority do we have to claim that the Westminster Standards are more accurate that the 1689 Confession? Or any other, less-than-confessional standard? We might say, "The Bible," but everyone else says that as well! Is it that our methods of interpretation are more correct? If so, then what are those methods? And how do we know they are better? Ultimately, I have an epistemological problem of authority on my hands that won't be resolved by turning the question around on the asker.

My title may be a little misleading. I guess what I'm really asking is, if you put all of the Protestant denominations in a pile, and you said, "Which one should everyone choose," what standard do we have to say that the WCF is the right one since "The Bible" is what every standard theoretically holds to? Scripture certainly interprets Scripture, but how do we know for certain that all of what we have to say on the matter is the correct "maturation" of the old apostolic faith, especially when, descriptively speaking, all branches of Protestantism would use the same standard? How can we know, in terms of authority, that we should stick to what we have and not be persuaded by Baptists or Wesleyans, Lutherans, or Pentecostals? How do we know our method is the right one, above all others? Especially when the rest of our brothers are equally convinced? Should we simply say that the plurality of interpretations isn't a problem at all and that everyone else is either malacious or dumb? Or is there some way that says, "We can be objectively certain that you are wrong for X, Y, and X reasons"?

Any help on this at all would be great. Thanks!

Hello all! I’m fairly new here so forgive me if I don’t follow protocols in this.Recently, I had a friend who is Greek Orthodox ask me a question that has quite honestly floored me. They asked, “How can you be sure that your interpretation of Scripture is the right one?” I can answer why the Bible is reliable, how it came into existence, and how its primacy in the church has never been contested, and how it is self-authenticating, but not how our interpretation of it is accurate. In short, by what authority do we have to claim that the Westminster Standards are more accurate that the 1689 Confession? Or any other, less-than-confessional standard? We might say, “The Bible,” but everyone else says that as well! Is it that our methods of interpretation are more correct? If so, then what are those methods? And how do we know they are better? Ultimately, I have an epistemological problem of authority on my hands that won’t be resolved by turning the question around on the asker.My title may be a little misleading. I guess what I’m really asking is, if you put all of the Protestant denominations in a pile, and you said, “Which one should everyone choose,” what standard do we have to say that the WCF is the right one since “The Bible” is what every standard theoretically holds to? Scripture certainly interprets Scripture, but how do we know for certain that all of what we have to say on the matter is the correct “maturation” of the old apostolic faith, especially when, descriptively speaking, all branches of Protestantism would use the same standard? How can we know, in terms of authority, that we should stick to what we have and not be persuaded by Baptists or Wesleyans, Lutherans, or Pentecostals? How do we know our method is the right one, above all others? Especially when the rest of our brothers are equally convinced? Should we simply say that the plurality of interpretations isn’t a problem at all and that everyone else is either malacious or dumb? Or is there some way that says, “We can be objectively certain that you are wrong for X, Y, and X reasons”?Any help on this at all would be great. Thanks!
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