One of the great forms of entertainment here in the U. S. is watching people argue over “what the Bible means.”
The rule is everyone knows better what the Bible means than everyone else. If you think you have some gift for understanding the Bible you are not unique. You are but one of the hords that think the same thing about themselves.
There is the lower rung who quote scripture. But, scripture contradicts itself. There are the elites who prefer the Bible’s overarching message. But, they don’t agree on what it is.
A few days ago, Candidate Rick Santorum said about Obama’s religion, “It’s about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not about a theology based on the Bible. A different theology.”
This comment was followed by an essay from the Huffington Post’s religious editor who pointed out Santorum does not really understand the Bible. He quoted from Santorum’s remarks to an audience in Detroit.
There, Santorum spoke almost reverently about how wonderful it is we have an unequal distribution of income. This in a city with some of the poorest and wealthist people in the U. S. There is lots of scripture questioning the behavior of the rich.
In economic terms, we have a surplus of people who say they know exactly what the Bible means. We have a shortage of those with the humility to admit they have no idea, or, think it means nothing.
There is a surplus of Santorums.