. . . “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all SPEAK THE SAME THING,. and that there be NO DIVISIONS among you, but that you be PERFECTLY JOINED TOGETHER IN THE SAME MIND and in the SAME JUDGEMENT.”
Paul is pleading with the people in the local churches that he founded that they maintain the faith ***as he taught it ***and not deviate from it. Which Apostle founded your church? Was it your church that canonized the NT and named it, canonized the OT and named it, formed the Bible and named it? Where is your evidence?
. . .differant denominations do not prove that the Bible doesn’t interpret itself, it does prove that they are not any part of Gods True Church . . . all these groups are divided, of differing minds. They constitute a majority of the many false teachers and teachings that Christ warned about in Matthew 24.
All the different doctrines held by these different denominations are based on yet another interpretation of the Bible. If the Bible interprets itself, they would all be teaching like doctrines. In fact, there would not be denominations at all.
Jesus Christ said that we are to live by every Word of God, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4!
Then why do you use an incomplete Bible? But the Word was not all written down.
The Word of God says to not lean on our own understanding . . .
then why do you – or the understanding of your church’s founder?
. . . He [Jesus] confirmed that in order to understand Gods Word one must obey God . . . One can only understand Gods Word through the Holy Spirit . . . which gives us the mind of Christ. . . How did the first Christians who were taught personally by the Apostles before the NT was ever written understand the term “God’s Word”?
God will only give His Spirit to those who obey Him . . . we must obey Him to receive His Spirit that we may understand Scripture.
If “obeying Him to receive His Spirit” is a prerequisite to understanding Scripture, how do you know you’re reading the Scriptures correctly to learn how to obey him? It’s not logical. The only truly logical church is the Catholic Church – that’s why I’m Catholic.
Thats why Peter said that lawless men twist Scripture, they have no choice, 2 Peter 3:17.
Your Bible is incomplete, having been cut by Martin Luther. Please define “Scripture.”
Once you get to that point then the Bible does indeed interpret itself, “But the Word of the Eternal was to them, ‘Precept upon precept … line upon line … here a little, there a little’…” Isaiah 28:13. But without Gods Spirit one cannot understand His Word.
Obviously, only those who agree with your take on the Bible have God’s Spirit.
Only those who have God’s Spirit can interpret His Word correctly.
I interpret His Word correctly.
Therefore, I have God’s Spirit and those who do not agree with me do not have it.
To borrow your phrase, I don’t want to be hurtful, but these are questions that must be answered so I can check out your claim that you belong to the “True Apostolic Church.”
There is the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church with the history to prove it. All other churches came into existence in or after the 16th century. Most are 20th century innovations.
The Church did not come out of the Bible; rather, the Bible came out of the Church.
Peace be with you, Jay