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Posted on 02/23/2010 10:04:58 PM PST by Salvation
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Modes of Transmitting Authoritative Doctrine
One of the major differences which arise among Christian denominations is the method by which authoritative doctrine is revealed. The next three chapters discuss how the Catholic Church views this process. There are two modes for one stream of revelation:
The Churchs teaching authority, magisterium, is the method by which the Holy Spirit guides the Church in truth handling.
That authority comes from Christ down through the apostles and their successors, the Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops -- then to the priests and finally to the Church -- the Body of Christ -- us.
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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Modes of Transmitting Authoritative Doctrine
“Jesus preached an end-times kingdom but one already existing on earth”
Have to admit, I don’t get that one.
It took some thinking on my part too. The modern world moves slowlwy along the road of self-destruction. And Christ was always talking in parables about the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God is like a sower who went out to sow.
Now put that to the modern day and look at the different kind of media, individaul messages (I’m thinking of atheists, here) hurtful words, dissension among nations — all these are seeds being sown right now in our world.
You can also transfer the other parables about the kingdom of God in Christ’s day to what is happening in the modern world.
The kingdom of God is like a farmer who sowed good seed, but someone came and sowed weeds.......
The kingdom of God is like a owner who builds a hedge around the vineyard and then leaves the tenants in charge — are we the current tenants?
The kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.......
The analogies are endless.
Still not getting it, sorry. Maybe I’m just too tired.
I thought of another one that perhaps relates more to the end times. They are really all about how we live our daily lives — who knows if we will even wake up in the morning!??
The kingdom of God is like 10 maidens who went out to wait for the bridegroom. Five took oil, five were foolish.
The ones with oil — prayers, attending Mass, going to Reconciliation — are prepared for the coming of the heavenly bridegroom.
The foolish ones — not prepared — denying the truths of the Bible — Annunciation, Resurrection, successors of St. Peter, why have the Sacraments?, etc. (what many threads here on FR are about) are the foolish ones who will not be prepared to enter heaven when Christ comes the seond time.
“The ones with oil prayers, attending Mass, going to Reconciliation are prepared for the coming of the heavenly bridegroom.”
Sorry to be so slow, but I am not able to see the connection with the Kingdom of Heaven.
The problem comes down to this. When the “oral” authority conflicts with the plain reading of the “written” authority, the Roman Church has not only gotten the order wrong (oral trumps written), but it has also got this problem of pronouncing anathemas on all who assert that this order is wrong.
The best I can see is that you should just ignore Trent and pretend it isn’t there (pretty much what I see modern Catholics doing, many of whom are fairly evangelical), or tell us it doesn’t really mean what it says.
Just like a plain reading of Scripture creates huge problems for the concept of oral authority, it seems that the history of oral authority does as well......, at least if you don’t want to damn the entire Protestant arm of Christianity.