Careful handling of the Bible will enable us to “hear” it a little better. It is all too easy to read the traditional interpretations and invest them with a false, even idolatrous, degree of certainty. Because traditions are reshaped as they are passed on, after a while we may drift far from God’s Word while still insisting all our theological opinions are “biblical” and therefore true. If when we are in such a state we study the Bible uncritically, more than likely it will simply reinforce our errors. If the Bible is to accomplish its work of continual reformation – reformation in our lives and our doctrine – we must do all we can to listen to it afresh, and utilize the best resources at our disposal.
D. A. Carson. Exegetical Fallacies. 2nd ed. Baker Academic, 1996.