Okay, recently I’ve been catechizing myself little by little (as best as my college schedule permits), striving to understand my own faith and Protestant faiths and the differences/similarities between the two. (Forgive me, but I’m citing stuff from the Bible but don’t know them by verse or book or chapter, yet) And I’ve run across a Protestant concept (concepts?) that I don’t quite understand. I’m trying to understand where they’re coming from, why they believe what they believe. I truly am puzzled, and I truly do want to know. If there are non-Catholic Christians reading this, so much the better, because I can hear it from the source. Thanks!
We all know about sola scriptura, the Bible alone. But, how do they try to interpret it without any outside teachers? I understand reading the Bible for oneself and learning lessons from it and applying it to Christian living, but when it comes to doctrinal stuff, there’s only “one true way” or the “narrow way” according to the Bible. How do they find this way without outside help and teachings, if they go by scripture alone?
So many Protestants come to so many different conclusions about what’s the right and narrow way is, it seems like, with all the different denominations, even within the same denomination. Again, without something outside of Scripture to point out which way is the right way, it must seem that all the ways are right according to each person’s belief. How does this fit in with the idea that “all may become one in Christ” and “beware of false teachers and those who pretend to come in the name of Christ”?
Also, I know that some denominations follow outside teachings and outside teachers like Calvin…and hand down beliefs through generations…how does this work with sola scriptura? Or are these the denominations who don’t believe in sola scriptura, and go by both scripture and their particular tradition?
If this is the case, how is their tradition better than or different from Catholic tradition?
I am kinda confused about Protestantism because of these questions that came to mind as I was reading the New Testament. Before I read the New Testament for myself as a project, I thought it was interesting, about a particular religion “feeling right” for themselves, and that each denomination has a point, and is good for each particular person. But now I would like to know what their logical and philosophical reasons are for why they believe what they believe, please
(It’s been bugging me and I know that it won’t go away until I learn about it. )