Matt. 16:6, “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.” Verse 12, “Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.”
When I was in college I took an English course in liberal arts. In this class we would study a story or a poem, and then read into it whatever meaning we felt existed within. This exercise was designed to encourage creative thinking and develop deeper thoughts. The more wild and absurd our speculations, the more satisfied the instructor became. It was as if she didn’t really care about the actual content of the written piece, only our suppositions. This was incredibly frustrating for me. Instead of finding out what the author was really saying, we were pushing our agenda on their works, making the books or poems say what we wanted them to say.
Can you see the parallels within Christianity?