The Roman Catholic Church and Eastern Orthodox Churches each have traditions concerning the interpretation of scripture that precede and differ from the Reformed tradition, which sought to renew the importance of scripture in the life of the church's witness. All Protestant denominations, despite their differences, are part of the Reformed tradition of Christian faith.
The following excerpts from Reformed confessional statements, which were written in the past 500 years to guide the witness of Protestant churches, provide guidelines for reading the Christian Bible.
Excerpt about scripture from the Scots Confession (1560)
Excerpt about scripture from the Second Helvetic Confession (1566)
Excerpt about scripture from the Westminister Confession (1646)
Excerpt about scripture from the Shorter Catechism (1649)
Excerpt about scripture from the Declaration of Barmen (1934)
Excerpt about scripture from the Presbyterian Confession of 1967 (1967)
In 1983 the two largest Presbyterian churches in the United States reunited to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which has prepared a Brief Statement of the Reformed faith.