well im not really religious any more but i still want to bring this up. i believe private individual interpretation of the bible is very dangerous, the type of interpretation that occurs in protestant and evangelical circles. this is because everyone can have different interpretaions of the bible, and this is a way of splintering christianity (which it accomplised), after the hearasys of the protestant reformation everyone interpreted the bible which led to only about 500 years later to literaly hundreds of christian denominations and cults. Catholicism numbers some 270 millions of adherents, all professing the same Faith, using the same sacraments, living under the same discipline; Protestants/evangelicals claims roundly 100 millions of adherants, products of the Gospel and the fancies of a hundred reformers, people constantly bewailing their "unhappy divisions" and vainly crying for a union which is only possible under that very central authority, namely the pope. Today these 'christians' are so divided you have on one hand churches allowing gay marriage and on the other fanatics who support israel and are trying to raise money for the constuction of a 3rd temple in a vain attemt to fullfil distorted interprtations of prophecies themselves. remember jesus told christians not to to be divided.