This is my first post in the Discussion Forums. Please do not think I’m challenging Catholic Doctrine when I ask questions about the logic behind them-- I have found The Church’s logic to be excellent in such matters and that’s why I’m here. To me, one of the best ways to learn Doctrine is to understand the logic/reasoning behind it.
So here goes!
The overall Protestant view of the Ten Commandments is that no one can possibly keep them-- the idea was that God was demonstrating that it was virtually impossible to be Holy without his assistance. Often, I’ve heard a paraphrase of the New Testament that says the Ten Commandments are a “School Master” that leads us to accept the sacrifice of Christ and trust on Him to pay the price for our sins.
In the book “This Is The Faith” by Canon Francis Ripley, it says that
Since the Ten Commandments represent God’s law for all men, they are possible for all men to observe successfully. God would not make laws that it is impossible to observe. Moreover, God always gives those graces necessary to observe the Commandments. Not only is it possible for all men to observe them; it is necessary and obligatory for them to do so.
So my question is… how many people here can say that they’ve gone just one day without breaking one of the Ten Commandments? On reading what all of them entail, I can’t see how that’s possible. (With the exception of Saints, etc.)
I do know, of course, that one can go to Confession and clear up the penalties of sin, but the author quoted above is actually stating that it’s possible for a devout Catholic to keep all of the commandments.
Did I misunderstand The Church’s position?
P.S. The words in bold in the above quote were the author’s, not mine.