I’ve been having a friendly discussion through my blog with a Baptist blogger. At first the issues and topics were pretty basic (Catholics DO read the Bible, salvation not by works, traditions of man vs. God). Now we’re getting into deeper waters and I’m not sure the best way to proceed.
I pointed her toward several verses, one of the church councils, the catechism, and a Jimmy Akin article on one topic and she fired back asking if I removed the councils, catechism, and Akin would I still believe what I believe. I answered yes, and pointed out that a study of church history reveals that the early church was responsible for not only giving us the Bible, but passing on the faith before it was compiled and long after (before the common man had KJV to reference :rolleyes: ).
Her response and where I need some direction:
As you said, a study of Church history (which I’m assuming you mean the Catholic one) along with the scripture would probably lead one to the beliefs of the Catholics. However, I’m 100% convinced that the study of scripture alone…not church (any church ) history too…would never lead one to believe/practice some of the things so many denominations are a part of. I also know for a fact that I’m not the only one who is convinced of that…several readers already have testified of the same.
Please make sure your faith is placed solely in God and His Word…not church history/catechism too!! Think about the Mormons, JW’s and Mslms…each one of those beliefs have another book besides some Bible truths that they go by. Why? Because they wouldn’t be able to believe what they did believe without those books.
Now I can’t really fault her with the reference to JW or Mormons, but I’m not sure how to make her understand that the Bible really cannot be taken without the Church history surrounding it. To me they seem inextricably linked, but to her that’s obviosusly not the case.
[FONT=Arial]I don’t understand how she can reject the very history that gave her the Bible she prizes so much. It’s not “Catholic” history. It’s Christian history. The facts seem pretty clear. In addition, that the Bible was never meant to be the sole rule of faith. I guess it’s pointless if she truly thinks that Christianity is meant to be supported by the Bible alone-- which the Bible doesn’t even teach!
My faith IS based solely on God and His Word-- revealed through Scripture and Tradition!
All right, I’m rambling! Any help?