I had a recent objections to Catholic worship by a Protestant.
- The Protestant I know argues that throughout the O.T, the use of incense is a type for prayer and that now that we have the new covenant of N.T, prayer (and direct access to God by individual believer) has rendered the use of incense obsolete. In essence, we do not need priests and incense anymore because we can all pray directly to God individually.
Actually I get variations on this argument all the time. I not very good of explaining this perception I’ve encountered but perhaps people here can direct me to further reading. The above example is to me related to how Protestants view the O.T and exatcly how it is fullfilled in the N.T. There seems to be certain mentality among some non-denominational protestants I know of that are characterized by detestation of Church structures and sacraments. I once heard a Protestant I conversed describe the practice of Old Testament in somewhat negative terms. This person argued that while the Jews had God in their amidst (A pillar of Fire), they nevertheless had to “go thru a priest.” There seems to be a assumption that Christ did away everything except the universal priesthood of all believers. The Protestants I’ve encountered seem to view the Catholic Church as wrongly reviving O.T structures that were destroyed when the Romans destroyed the Temple in 70.A.D. I once heard Marcus Grodi (EWTN, THE JOURNEY HOME) remark about the continuation of the Old Testment Church fullfilled and continued in the Catholic Church. I come to realize objections to the Mass, Confession, Apostolic Succession, etc have this understanding of the New Covanant underlying them.
When I was journeying toward the Catholic faith, I began to realize the nature of New Testment scripture. It became obvious to me especially in Paul’s letters that there was some “prior” understanding in reading them. Paul mentions the office of Bishop in passing without going into any detail. It became clearer to me that episcopate of the Apostles was not just remedial measure afterwhich it was just the individual believer after the twelve all died but was meant to continue in some form.
How can I go about answering the Protestant view of New Covenant regarding how it fulfills the old. Can someone recommend some books on this?