It is like building a hut of mud, and when you're one layer in that layer keeps collapsing and you have do do it again, and again, and again. With 2000 years tradition you've built a castle from heavy, immovable rocks that can withstand an attack, keep the keep guarded, keeps standing and is hard to infiltrate. This idea of interpret the Bible by yourself comes across to me as the modernist idea of "just figure it out by yourself" and "just get experience", resulting in every young person now stumbling around in the dark, falling again and again, getting up and going down, like a Looneytune, making the same mistakes that have been made for millenia and that were actually learnt from and reported down the line by every family to avoid from happening again. That's how you build something. Imagine now saying I throw all my PC files in the bin and delete 'm all and start over again. Throwing away all your books and then start writing them again. Burning your house down and building it again. It's madness!This is the problem of relying on The Bible alone. He, being his own pope, reads scripture and decrees it self-evident that non-binaries and all sorts of weirdness is included in the scriptures. Then if another person challenges his interpretation, with their own, derived using the same method of just “reading what’s in the Bible” then there’s no possible way of discerning the truth except via an authority outside of scripture. What authority can you appeal to? Protestants often say that we just appeal to some fallible men.
Theosis, the essence/energies distinction and the whole concept of purification being a prerequisite for discerning truth is so essential.
I was thinking about this recently. We trust in the consensus of the Holy Fathers obviously because of the teaching of purifying the nous, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that results from a pure, ascetic life etc. Detachment from worldly passions which would incentivise someone to manipulate the truth and deceive others for self-gain is a prerequisite for to be able to discern truth. Theosis and purification through struggle has this safeguard built in.
It's an incredible realization that all wisdom built over millenia and forever been around has been control-a selected and deleted in its entirety. And no one ever thinks about the consequences this has had. In 10 years we have a generation whose grandparents are the boomers, not the traditional grandparents we knew, so anything wise that has ever been collected will then not be a real life experience anymore, but a mere glimpse of a black and white picture in a history book at page 367.