of all known God breathed writings (aka Scriptures)
The Books of Moses, the Book of Isaiah, The book of Acts, The Book of Revelation, etc are not Catholic booksYou can say that but who and when were the canonical books finalized and by what authority?
Look at your authentic Christian history. It was the Catholic Church in 382 AD and no one else. You n-Cs weren’t anywhere around at that point.
The OT was never canonized until we did it in the 4th century. Don’t waste time offering Jamnia, because it didn’t happen and the Jewish canon is still an open matter of debate among them. (See The Council That Wasn’t)
…for Christians anyway…
If they got their authority from God then why don’t all n-Cs obey them since they were the ones who were told to hear confessions with the power to forgive or retain sins. They were the ones who baptized whole families which included infants, who celebrated the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and they were the ones who, and until the 4th century, paid in blood for the faith that Christ established in the apostles and that those same apostles passed on to the ECF who have verifiably documented what they taught. If they had teh authority from God then why do you n-Cs refuse to follow what they taught?
Just because a council centuries later made a formal ruling about what would be NT Scripture, it doesn’t mean that the NT was invented then.
Oh…so you wouldn’t have cared if there had been no authority at that time and so you’d be fine with sorting through all the spurious texts like the Gnostic gospels and their non-Christian doctrines. If n-C Christianity is a doctrinal mess now (and it often is) one can only imagine the chaos this thinking would bring about.:eek:
The Scriptures were recognized as Scripture at the time they were written. 1 Timothy 5:18 - Paul cites 2 Scriptures including Luke. 2 Peter 3:16 Peter refers to Paul’s letters as Scripture. There may have been a few questions, but it was largely recognized immediately as being Scripture.
Really? Then why did Luther reject not only the Deuterocanonical books but Esther and even Revelation and James in the NT just because there was discussion and controversy in the 4th century? I realize not all of you are big on Luther, but hey he started this wreck and again…we have someone who refused to obey legitimate Christian authority. Setting a pretty bad example for all of you over the last 400+ years.