But my guess is ... you believe that your interpretation of what the bible means to you is what it should mean to others, if only they were as wise as you.<quoted text>I tend to agree with you on this. From where I sit the RCC doesn't really like people reading the Bible and coming to their own conclusions.
Many Protestant churches have the same flaw.
For mew it's the height of human vanity for any group to claim they know what God wants and what the Bible really means.
That is why I now shun most churches. I like attending them. But my spiritual life is between me and God. No one else.
Home mental digestion of those words is based on the same arrogance as is the arrogance of those that congregate in groups, and my guess is you are certain that you will be saved and others will spend eternity in hell.
It most always ends up that the story told favors the believer.