Consider the following:
- Much of what many Christians know of their bible is based on what others have told them (e.g., their parents, their clergy) about what it says.
- Most sermons I have heard in church involve some element of clergy explaining to the laity what certain passages in the bible mean.
- Dumbed-down and incomplete bibles are used in many Sunday schools and youth outreach programs.
- Bible study groups abound, which typically involve someone interpreting the bible (i.e., communicating to participants or readers that it often means something different from what it says).