Everyone interprets Scripture in the light of the natural law
September 3, 2014 § 26 Comments
 You are our epistle, written in our hearts, which is known and read by all men:  Being manifested, that you are the epistle of Christ, ministered by us, and written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in the fleshly tables of the heart.
 But even until this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. – 2 Corinthians 3:2-3,15 (Rheims)
Consider two different people reading and interpreting Scripture. We know that incorrect interpretations of Scripture are possible. In fact incorrect interpretations probably outnumber correct interpretations by an order of magnitude, as attested by myriad conflicts over interpretation.
Suppose one reader is a sociopath and has no conception of moral right and wrong.
The other reader is a deeply moral person, a follower of Christ who participates in the life of the Church and the Sacraments.
Who do you think is more likely to propose false and incorrect interpretations?
The idea that interpreting Scripture in the light of the natural law, Christian tradition, and the teaching Magisterium places those things ahead of Scripture is risible. It is as risible as proposing that understanding the meaning of words is placing the dictionary ahead of Scripture.
There are people who claim that they do not interpret Scripture in the light of their understanding of the natural law: that their approach to interpreting Scripture does not come with any metaphysical baggage. This claim is false. They do interpret Scripture in the light of their understanding of natural law.
But because they are unaware that they are doing so, their whole approach is sociopathic.