I’m Roland, Austin metro area, TX USA.
Am looking forward to meeting Karl Keating and fellow posters of Catholic Answers! Am looking forward to enjoying friendship and iron-sharpening-iron here in Catholic Answers.
I’m one of three moderators and one of many fellow posters in Catholic-Outlook (Hoge’s board); one of many fellow posters in Defenders of the Catholic Faith (Ray’s board).
I am non-align.
I am not formerly or on-paper: Protestant, Orthodox or Catholic.
I am not anti-: Protestant, Orthodox or Catholic.
I have a definite Belief Set. Worldwide Church of God web site has a Summary of Statement of Beliefs. Presently attending Family Christian Fellowship - Austin.
Knowing that everything believed within Christendom is not equally true, whatever I am actively FOR, at least I have to be passively “against” the opposite and the different.
Based on my reading (outside and inside discussion boards):
Prima scriptura = scriptures first, then all other rules
SolA scriptura = Scripture is the only infallible rule, Scripture is not the only rule
SolO scriptura = definitely bad Latin and bad practice, solO is oft:
“me and the Bible.”
I’ve learned that trueblue Prima and Sola Scripture MUST include, for the average Christian (including ME), the Word of God in print (or audio) in the language best understood, a common-sense magisterium and a common-sense tradition. Bible references and resources are a must, consultations with learned Christians are a must – to build up one’s knowledge and understanding of one’s Belief Set, Doctrines and so on.
Our Catholic brethren and sistern definitely have much going for them concerning their trinity: Tradition, Magisterium and Scripture.
Protestant and non-align brethren and sistern probably would do better to admit having some sort of magisterium and tradition along with Scripture.
Iit needs to be God the Holy Spirit, Word of God (print or audio) in my language, common sense references and resources and consultations with fellow Christians who know and understand lots more about Christendom than I.
My in-home reading’s going to include strong Catholic material to increase my knowledge and understanding of a major portion of Christendom.
I’m not here to “question” Catholicism or Its adherents,
I’m not here to “defend” Protestantism or non-align en toto,
I’m here as a fellow Christian ambassador at the Table of Friendship and Sharing -
Sharing bits and pieces about my Belief Set, and desiring to know and understand bits and pieces about the Belief Sets of others, whichever Group within Christendom.
Presently, I see four catch-all Groups:
non-align - meaning any entity onpaper not any of the Big 3
Folks!! I’ve copyNpasted from all three places into this one thread
Now, I can much better concentrate on answering all the questions and comments about what I posted
I will pay full attention to this thread!
Let’s have fun and learning at OUR friendship table!
Let’s debate hard, fair and accurately
Let’s always love one another as fellow Christians!