Rob Banks said:Speaking of Bible translations and how they can be misleading,
What is the Catholic position on lay people reading and interpreting the Bible?
I know that during the Protestant Reformation, one of the major issues was whether or not lay people should be reading the Bible (as opposed to having it interpreted by priests and scholars).
The old Catholic position seemed to be (correct me if I'm wrong) that lay people should not be reading or interpreting the Bible for themselves, but now virtually all Catholics encourage Bible reading. Even praying the Rosary requires you to read and meditate on certain Bible passages.
4But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Jesus quoted from Deuteronomy 8:3
He humbled you, and in your hunger He gave you manna to eat, which neither you nor your fathers had known, so that you might understand that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart
To deal with error and sin. The word of God is crucial. Our LORD's mastery of the word enabled him to deal with all the temptations of the devil. And like any sword it requires much training and guidance of the holy spirit.(Ephesians 6:13-17)
It is an essential part of the Christian Arsenal.