Because the Holy Spirit the Author of the Gospels and the Soul of the Church is the only One who can give the authentic meaning of His letters, this He does through the teaching of the Catholic Church. It stands to reason and is verified by history that if you separate yourself from the authentic meaning of Scripture a rupture in the Church will take place.
"How about indifference?
Indifference is a "choice", an act for which those who choose must give an account.
"Can I accept the inerrant Word and be indifferent to the Catholic Church?
If you have accepted the Gospels and not the Catholic Church than you have erred in your understanding of them and your knowledge of history. Because viewed as strictly historical documents they show the establishment of a Church, by Christ, that was promised perpetuity and to which one has to belong. That same Church through a study of history can be found to this day or else Christ's word was false.
To be clear, I am not hostile to the Catholic Church...ok certain Catholics, yes but not the institution. It’s just that as I understand it, I would have to believe and do a lot of things that I do not believe in to become a Catholic.
I am on these threads to learn and hope that my (probably) silly questions do not frustrate too many folks. I recognize that some of the things I post on these threads can be taken as being mean or out of line, but I usually don’t see it that way until after I click the “post” button.