A tool can be used for both good and evil. For example, a knife used by a surgeon can contribute to saving people’s lives. But a knife, grasped by a murderer’s hand, will be used for killing people. The same knife can be a tool for saving people or for killing people depending on who will use it.
God granted us a tool — the Bible. But it can save or kill our souls depending on who will interpret it.
… But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll [the Bible] or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.” (Revelation 5:3-5)
… His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:16)
The results will be opposite depending on who will interpret and explain the Bible. Interpretation of the Bible by the Root of David will save our souls while interpretation by ones who are not the Root of David will lead our souls to destruction. Such false prophets teach the saints with man-made rules.
Or if you give the scroll to someone who cannot read, and say, “Read this, please,” he will answer, “I don’t know how to read.” The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men. Therefore once more I will astound these people with wonder upon wonder; the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish.” (Isaiah 29:12-14)
Those who teach people with man-made rules are not different from a murderer with a knife because they lead people’s souls to death. Rules taught by men include Sunday Service, Christmas, crosses and Thanksgiving Day. These commandments are not found in the Bible at all. That is, such teachings are not recorded in the Bible. Since they do keep non-biblical days and festivals, they cannot help but twist the Bible with various excuses. So the Bible, grasped by false prophets who teach man-made rules, becomes a tool for killing our souls.
The Bible, interpreted by the Root of David, is the tool for saving our souls. The Root David teaches people with God’s commandments not man-made rules. God’s commandments include the Sabbath, the Passover and regulation on covering women’s heads (Luke 4:16; Matthew 26:17-28; 1 Corinthians 11:1-16.)
Just as a knife, grasped by a surgeon, will save patients, so the Bible, interpreted by the Root of David, will save your souls.