=Shaolen;13186170]So I’m in a discussion with my Baptist brother about the deuterocanon being sacred scripture. I mentioned how he and other protestants are missing out on these sacred scriptures and he then stated this
“The gospel is the greatest thing that anyone could ever be missing out on.”
I replied saying “A little besides my point. Are not the rest of the bible sacred? Are they not inspired?”
He then stated “Yes. But knowing all of inspired scripture is not a requirement to get into heaven.”
He seems to almost be saying that all we need are the four gospels and none of the other books of the bible. How can I respond to him?
So here my friend from an old man, and experienced teacher of our cherrished Catholic Faith are a few points of discussion:
- What is your understanding of the veracity of the bible? [truthfulness]
Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.
2nd Tim. 3:16-17 " All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, That the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work"
2.Did you know that the bible IS a Catholic Book?
It was the 1st Catholics ;a term that would come later as did “Christian” who choose the OT books guided by the HS to be included & it was Catholics who AUTHORED the entire New Testament.
So as the authors of the bible ought we not to have the right; the final say on what was God Inspired & included?
Our Catholic Church historically and biblically dates back directly to the Apostles as directed by Christ Mt. 10:1-8 compared to Mt 28:16-20
The myth that today’s CC somehow; somewhere; sometime lost God’s protection is either wrong or GOD is a LIAR!
Mt. 16:18-19 “ And I say to thee:[singular] That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church,[singular] ***and the gates of hell shall not prevail against***B] it. [also singular] And I will give to thee [all of] the keys of the kingdom of heaven.”
Jn. 17: 17-20 "Sanctify them [my Apostles and their successors] in truth. Thy word is truth.  As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for them do I sanctify myself, **that they also may be sanctified in truth. ** And not for them only do I pray, but for them also who through their word shall believe in me;
Then ask WHERE in the bible even ONE TIME did God ever allow differing faith beliefs from what HE Taught?
Mt. 10: 1-8 “And having called his twelve disciples together, he gave them [HIS] power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of diseases, and all manner of infirmities. And the names of the twelve apostles are these: T***he first, Simon who is called Peter***, and Andrew his brother, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, Philip and Bartholomew, Thomas and Matthew the publican, and James the son of Alpheus, and Thaddeus, Simon the Cananean, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.These twelve Jesus sent: commanding them, saying: Go ye not into the way of the Gentiles, and into the city of the Samaritans enter ye not. But go ye rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. A***nd going, preach, saying: The kingdom of heaven is at hand. [YOU!] Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils: freely have you received, freely give”***
Compared to: Mt.28:16-20 "And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: … Going therefore, teach YOU! all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded YOU!: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.
My fried as a FYI:
I’m a trained and experienced Teacher of our Catholic Faith; now retired I offer a FREE OF ALL COST:thumbsup: home study e-mailed course; with a lesson mailed each week.
Now in my 6th year of doing so. If you’d like to learn how to explain, PROVE and defend our Catholic Faith just let me know. I also answer ALL faith questions with evidence of our beliefs.
God Bless you; PRAY MUCH!