Ben Sinner #1
this is something that has been causing me great anxiety
Islam has a similar concept though called Ismah
This basically means that the Imams, who are like clergy are considered infallible in matters of religion.
Obviously these are two contrasting religions so one of them is not infallible…so how do we decide?
What are the differences between the two?
There is no need for any anxiety whatsoever, as there is only one God, and His only Son, Jesus of Nazareth, redeemed the world by His suffering and death by crucifixion, and His Resurrection – after founding His Church based on St Peter and the Apostles. He then sent the Third person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, to strengthen them and enable them to perform many miracles. The facts of Jesus own miracles were recorded by His own Apostles who were present – Saints Matthew and John were companions of Christ, and Saints Mark and Luke lived in constant contact with His contemporaries.
His miracles “were so frequent, the eyewitnesses so numerous, and the evidence so stark, that not even Christ’s enemies disputed the fact of their occurrence. Instead they ascribed them to the power of the devil, or defied Him to perform another one in His own favour.” (See Mt 12:24; 27:39-42; Jn 11:47). Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, Sheehan/Joseph, Saint Austin Press, 2001, p 104].
No “concept”, which is an idea, can substitute for God the Son and His Church. Christ conferred infallibility on His Magisterium in teaching doctrine and dogma to the whole Church on faith and morals as follows:
All four promises to Peter alone:
“You are Peter and on this rock I will build My Church.” (Mt 16:18)
“The gates of hell will not prevail against it.”(Mt 16:18)
“I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven." ( Mt 16:19)
“Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven.” (Mt 16:19) [Later also to the Twelve].
**Sole authority: **
“Strengthen your brethren.” (Lk 22:32)
“Feed My sheep.”(Jn 21:17).
No other religious founder claimed to be God and proved it – not Mohammed of Islam, not in Hinduism, not in Buddhism, not in Taoism, not in Confucianism. The vast gulf between Catholicism and any other religion is that the Catholic Church has been founded by a Divine Person who lived with a human and divine nature and claimed to be God, proving that claim by His Resurrection. While God leads us through His Church, others fashion their own beliefs and morals.