=2nd Adam;5737018]I partially agree with that commentary. The Spirit of God is needed to illuminate the Scriptures for the correct interpertation. However, when the Cathoilc Chuch has a different intepertation than a Protestant Church… both Christian communities will claim that the Spirit of God illuminated their particular interpertation of the Scriptures. Just because a particular branch of Christianity claims that the Spirit works exclusively through a that Church, does not make it true. That is one of the central issues of the Protestant Reformation: The Magestrieum verses Sola Scriptura. Of course, we also have a different understanding and definition of the church.
Very true, but consider these facts and ask yourself where the truth lies accoring, NOT to Catholics, but the very word of God.
The Bible was completed by the end of the First Century, and a Canon set by the Fourth Centry.
From the day Christ died, “A.D.” until the first non-Catholic schism and the beganing of Protestism was nearly 1600 years.
Therefore one cannot with any degree of personal intregreity claim that the Bible did not come through the Catholic Church, and therefore was written and Inspired by God Specifically for His Catholc Church. It is in conceivable that the Catholic Church could withstand the barrage of heresies, and the unslaught of the Protestant revoluation, if God had not done precisely as He God persoanly vowed to do, and still be the largest Christian sec some 2,000 years later.
Luke 10:16 “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Mark 3: 13 “And he went up on the mountain, and called to him those whom he desired; and they came to him. 14 And he appointed twelve, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons: Simon whom he surnamed Peter; James the son of Zebedee and John the brother of James, whom he surnamed Bo-anerges, that is, sons of thunder; Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.”
Eph. 2:19 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [singular] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”
Mt. 28: 18 "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Jesus had to be speaking to His Apostles about His One Church. There were no other options.
Acts 20: 27 for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God. Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of the LORD [SINGULAR]which he obtained with the blood of his own.”
John 14: 16 And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
14 I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou shouldst keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; thy word is truth. As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth.
Love and prayers friends,