Does “hearing,” necessarily mean Understanding?
By Patrick Miron
Certainly the gift of hearing, so often taken for granted, by many of us is seldom contemplated. But there is my friends a different; far more critically important type of hearing that Christianity, not only seldom considers, but do so at the risk of their very salvation, which many hold as an “accomplished facts” based on very human; but not God inspired or approved teachings.
It is often assumed and even taught that everyone can read and UNDERSTAND the bible. Obviously this can’t be true, or there would not be thousands of different Christian-faiths, based on their own limited and differing understandings of it. God, withholds right understanding as a penalty for accepting beliefs other than what He Ordained through the only Church founded, guided, protected and led by Him. Today’s Catholic Church. And yes this is historically and biblically provable. So friends, the fact that we CAN hear; does not mean that we ALSO understand correctly.
2nd. Peter 1: 16-21 “You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
2nd. Peter 3: 14-17 “Therefore, beloved, since you wait for these, be zealous to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability
Are you aware friend of the “One Infallible Rule for right understanding of the Bible”Allow me to share it with you. [caps are used for emphasis, NOT shouting here]
Can, May or DOES
Verse, passage or teaching
Have the Power or Authority
Make Void; invalidate or override
Verse, passage or teaching
Were this even the slightest possibility [ITS NOT], it would render the bible as worthless to teach or learn ones faith.
Here are but a few Bible teachings on Hearing
Mt. 13: 15“For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears they have been dull of hearing, and their eyes they have shut: lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.”
Mt. 13: 16-17“But blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear. For, amen, I say to you, many prophets and just men have desired to see the things that you see, and have not seen them, and to hear the things that you hear and have not heard them.
Mk. 4: 23-25“If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. And he said to them: Take heed what you hear. In what measure you shall mete, it shall be measured to you again, and more shall be given to you. For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, that also which he hath shall be taken away from him.”
Lk. 8: 8-10“ And other some fell upon good ground; and being sprung up, yielded fruit a hundredfold. Saying these things, he cried out: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him what this parable might be. To whom he said: To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables, that seeing they may not see, and hearing may not understand.”
Lk. 14:34-35“Salt is good. But if the salt shall lose its savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”
Acts 2:14“But Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you, and with your ears receive my word”
Acts 7:51“You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do you also”
Acts 28:26-27“Saying: Go to this people, and say to them: With the ear you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and shall not perceive. For the heart of this people is grown gross, and with their ears have they heard heavily, and their eyes they have shut; lest perhaps they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them”
Matthew 28: 26-20 And the eleven disciples [apostles: see Mt. 10:1-3] went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded [means: taught, ordained, mandated & commanded]you:and behold I am with youall days, even to the consummation of the world.”
Pray about it. If your understanding, for whatever reason does not alligh with CC teaching; your Soul is at risk.
God Bless you, Patrick Miron