9.4.10

Not by the Bible Alone...

Carlos has this insight on his blog The Mystery Horn

The Protestant doctrine commonly known as "Sola Scriptura" does not come from Sacred Scripture. That doctrine asserts that any reader of the Bible can interpret Scripture, without error, thanks to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In short, it guarantees infallibility to any person who simply reads the Bible, regardless of whether or not that person has any education or sense or is living out a Christian life and spirituality. It is, therefore, a very dangerous doctrine since it leaves faithful Christians and believers exposed to unscrupulous leaders who don't have to answer to anyone for their actions. In the words of the author Robert Sungenis, "Fallible men will invariably produce fallible interpretations of Scripture." Our Lord and Savior loves us too much to leave us under the dangerous influence of "false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves." (Matthew 7, 15). For that reason, He established His Church, ordering Peter to care for His sheep (John 21, 16) and promising him that he would send His Spirit to guide the Church to all truth as explained in John 16, 13...

Nowhere has God said that he would protect his sheep by providing them with the Scriptures. Instead, he raises up leaders from among the community for them to follow, shepherds that He uses to guide them. Even in the present day, God continues to act in this same way.

The Canon of Scripture was established by Pope Saint Damasus I around the year 400 B.C. Prior to that, there was no agreement in the primitive Church concerning which—among the hundreds of texts considered by some to be sacred—were actually inspired. So for almost 400 years—a considerable amount of time—there was no Bible that served as a reference for Christians. All those who learned the faith were instructed by others—following the same method used by the apostles. Eventually, the Church in her authority, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, determined the canon of Scripture that provided the believers with a trustworthy reference when building faith. If we believe that Scripture is truly inspired, it can be deduced naturally that the Church is infallible, since it was by her authority—not by Scripture itself—that those writings were declared specifically inspired by God. However, if the Church is not infallible in her teachings, we cannot assume that Scriptures validated by her are inspired by God, given that, the authority that declared them as such, would not be worthy of trust. Therefore, it cannot at the same time be asserted that the Catholic Church can err without condemning, at the same time, the origin and selection of Scripture that she passed on. Trusting the Bible and distrusting the Church that compiled, presented and later protected the Bible throughout time is something that betrays both logic and history. Without the Catholic Church, the Bible never would have existed.
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Thanksd and A tip of the beret to Carlos...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

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