Skip to comments.[Why I Am Catholic]: Because I Love the Bible [Catholic and Open]
Posted on 04/16/2012 4:21:51 PM PDT by Salvation
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Frank tells it how it is Ping!
There, fixed it for you.
Thanks, good fix.
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Call me a crank, but I get annoyed by how much of Catholic apologetics are aimed at Protestants. Maybe I have this attitude because I’ve spent most of my life in non-Protestant areas, but I think Catholic apologetics should focus more on converting agnostics, atheists, indifferent people, and the like, since they seem to be more common these days than sincere Protestants (and Catholics.) Don’t get me wrong, apologetics aimed at Protestants are valuable, but it seems like Protestants are, to paraphrase Rush, living in the heads of Catholic apologists rent free.
Talk to Frank Weathers. I think he mnay have been a convert, but don’t know for sure.
I’m only the messenger.
I’m not criticizing you or even Frank Weathers really.
Just a general comment.
That happens when your "opponent" is right. They get way under your skin.
Thank you and bless you Salvation.
Hey, if you’ve got an “in” with the Lord, my foot needs to get healed. LOL!
I thought Christians were supposed to love God and Jesus, not some book that’s been re-translated a couple of dozen times by whoever happened to be in charge of the scribes at the time.
Prayers up for you and your foot my dear :).
The Biblical emphasis which is the heritage of the Protestant churches is visible even in the Architecture of its buildings. In the Catholic church the altar is central. There the sacrifice of Christ is believed to be renewed in the mass. In the Protestant churches the pulpit is the center of attention. It is essentially a stand to hold the Bible in a position where it is easy for the preacher to read because the reading and explanation of the Word of God is central. The Bible contains everything that is necessary to bring the Christian to perfection. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. The Bible contains all that is needed to bring us to faith in Christ, and to help us grow in that faith. (John 20:30-31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Sorry, but you need more than the Bible. Are you saying you can go out and commit adultery, kill your children, cheat on your income taxes, speed on the highway, have an abortion.....and all you need is the bible?
That idea doesn’t work for me, for those are mostly sinful — speeding could be OK on the way to the hospital — but how would one live with these sins on their soul, knowing they has disobeyed God and the Word — Jesus Christ.
Is the Holy Spirit really active in their life?
James 1:19-27 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for mans anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing ithe will be blessed in what he does. If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
James also tells us that faith without works is empty — nothing.
Faith Alone or Faith plus Works?
Jam 2:24 - a man is justified by works and not by faith alone
Jam 2:26 - faith without works is dead
Gal 5:6 - only thing that counts is faith working in love
1 Cor 13:2 - faith without love is nothing
Jn 14:15 - if you love me, keep my commandments
Mt 19:16-17 - if you wish to enter into life, keep commandments
1Tim 5:8 he who doesn't provide for family worse than unbeliever.
I agree: Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works. James 2:26
I think it should be pretty obvious that the author is NOT a "Biblical scholar". If he was, he would know that the "Apocryphal" books would NEVER have been included in the temple collections of the Torah, the Psalms and Proverbs and the Prophets - major and minor - the Jewish canon. The Jewish religious leaders in Jesus' day would NOT have made reading any of these extra books part of the Sabbath observance. So, no, Jesus would not have read from them on another day.
You post about this topic many times, Salvation, so you may have saved this one "for a long time" but it certainly isn't the first time you have posted Protestant-baiting and provoking threads. Seems like for "education's sake" we may need to have more than one viewpoint. I agree with the poster up thread who remarked that you should be more concerned with reaching the lost for Christ than sparring with non-Catholics. Roman Catholic threads dominate the Religion Forum every day so I guess you think that's what you're doing. I still wonder why most of these Catholic/Protestant "battles" start from threads of articles posted over and over again. We'll not shy away from a good argument when our faith is slammed. You should know that by now. I pinged a few others who feel the same.
Some have thought, that Paul and James were not in agreement on the subject of faith. Those who thus conclude mistake both these inspired men of God. Paul shows that works without faith will not justify, and hence lays the emphasis on faith; James shows that faith without works will not justify. Paul, indeed, shows that faith alone is worthless (1Cor 13:2), and in Heb 11:1-40, he emphasizes works as the demonstration of faith. The two writers are in agreement, and all seeming disagreement is due to the fact that they are seeking to correct different errors, and hence look at the matter from different points of view.
Okay, she DID say the Bible was given to us as our guide from God, so how do you turn that into accusing her of saying you can go out "and commit adultery, kill your children, cheat on your income taxes, speed on the highway, have an abortion.....and all you need is the bible"? If we didn't HAVE the Holy Scriptures, we wouldn't even KNOW we were sinners:
Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.
Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian (schoolmaster) until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Any person who has received Jesus Christ, believed on Him to save them, is born again by the grace of God and the Holy Spirit indwells them as teacher and guide. HE opens the Scriptures to our hearts and that makes the Bible our guide because it is Divinely-inspired and infallible. Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. (Luke 21:33)
I thought this article was about using and loving the Bible Salvation. If it is, why do you not use the whole thing?
Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. John 6:28-29
Interesting. That’s why I’m not a Catholic - because I love the bible.
I had sort of decided to allow this thread to die a natural death. Everyone knows the RCC does not have scripture as its central authority.
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Yet it is the Catholic Church who gave to the world the Bible as we know of it.
-—the RCC does not have scripture as its central authority.——
SOLE authority. That’s Luther’s tradition. It’s not even in the Bible.
What did Jesus say?
“If he will not listen to the church, treat him as a pagan or tax collector.”
Not churches, THE church. Singular.
Fish not biting today? Where is your orbiter smvoice?
-—Yet it is the Catholic Church who gave to the world the Bible as we know of it.-—
If the Church is an unreliable teaching authority, then the Bible itself would have to be unreliable. Protestantism saws off the branch it’s standing on.
If the Church once taught without error, but now does, then the gates of hell would have prevailed against Christ’s Church. His Church would be void.
That is one of the factors why I just do not understand why some Protestants self-interpit the Holy Bible.
And God allowed Satan to be used to show the faithfulness of Job. He also used the heathens to punish the Israelites. The Romans crucified Jesus which brought our salvation. Just because God uses some group or people doesnt make them right with God.
Love of God compels us to love all that reflects God: the Saints whom He inspired, and the books He inspired them to write.
I agree that the less translationg, the better. The modern Protestant translations are particularly awful.
Naturally, where Christ is not present at the altar the preacher gets all the attention to himself.
Nor are we Jews.
our faith is slammed
It deserves to.
You forgot to include more of that passage.
Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
The church in that instance was the local group of believers, not a central overall ruling organization.
>>Not churches, THE church. Singular.<<
You mean like the church at Corinth? Or like the church at Ephesus. Or maybe the church in Smyrna? How about the church in Sardis or the church of the of the Laodiceans?
Interesting how they were not included in some overarching ruling hierarchy like the RCC isnt it?
Looks like you took the bait however.
-—You mean like the church at Corinth? Or like the church at Ephesus. Or maybe the church in Smyrna? How about the church in Sardis or the church of the of the Laodiceans?——
Jesus would not COMMAND us to take our disputes to THE Church, unless It was His Church (SINGULAR), a visible Church, and unless it taught authoritatively.
Otherwise, His COMMAND would be impossible to follow. His command would be void.
Therefore, any individual church, to be fully in communion with Christ’s Church, would have to be obedient in its teachings to those teachings proclaimed by the apostles, or their successors, the bishops, when meeting in Council, or the Pope, when invoking his infallible teaching authority.
Yep you are arguing the odd views of a poster (CynicalBear) who claims that Catholics are idolaters, that those who celebrate Easter and Christmas are pagans and who claims that even the idea of church on Sunday is a man made tradition and apparently not either Christian or Biblical.
Thank God no one gets robbed, tortured and murdered anymore for reading it in anything other than Latin! ‘Twasn’t always so.
But in the end, God works out all things for the good.
Yet even those who are Bible-only Christians forget that there are good Bible teachers who are Catholic, such as Scott Hahn and Stephen Ray.
Those whose actions are used by God for His good dont necessarily enjoy that good.
In the short term it takes place it does not seem good, but it is worked out to be good in the long term.
‘Twas never so. If you read even a flawed translation, it was bad in the sense of the 12th century when there was the flawed Albigensian translation which portrayed the flesh as evil, the world as evil and death the best way out.
Folks like that lose more and more of their faith in Christ and being more and more pagan each time with their rejection of the faith from, through and in Christ.