[quote=john doran]fair enough, i guess.
can you explain to us how, in trusting your understanding of scripture, you are not “trusting in man”?
could you also explain how you know you’re walking in the spirit when countless others believe just as strongly that they’re walking in the spirit even though they disagree with you about many passages of scripture? how do you know?
Therein lies the problem. Truth is unitary – there cannot be several conflicting versions of the truth and all of them be true.
Yet there are about 33,000 different Christian sects in the United States alone – all of them professing to teach the truth.
The Catholic Church reaches right back to the time of Christ, constant, consistent and coherent. The Church’s Magisterium results in a single message.
When Protestantism appeared, the coherency disappeared in the break-away sects. Can there be any more conclusive proof of the validity of the Magisterium than the single, unified Catholic Church compared to 33,000 quarreling Protestent sects?