“they are used in a way that does violence to the meaning”
Question, Are you one who believes in sola scripture? If so is not at the heart of that argument that the individual has the power to understand the meaning? And then if you prescribe to that philosophy how could you question the author then? Does this mean you have more authority than them? Than I? Than anyone else? Or by definition all have the same authority to interpret? Just wondering if that is where you are coming from. Might not be the case but it seams to be a common theme on these threads.
“Just wondering if that is where you are coming from. Might not be the case but it seams to be a common theme on these threads.”
In short, no.
Well, no, that’s more of a neoorthodox subjectivist approach to Scripture. Not Sola Scriptura at all. Sola Scriptura doesn’t interfere with the proper function of the teaching ministry and authority of the church. It does assert that Scripture alone is sufficient to serve as the rule of Christian faith, that whatever is not verifiable from Scripture, while it may be useful and interesting, is not binding on the believer’s conscience. It is essentially identical to the position taken by Athanatius, who used the Scriptures as the supreme authority in his lonely battle against the Arian heresy, to which even the Bishop of Rome had briefly succumbed.