[quote=Katholikos]Hey, mango, many of us on this forum are ex-Protestants. I understand the basic fallacies of Protestantism only too well. But neither I nor any Protestant knows the teachings of all of the thousands upon thousands of Protestant churches. All Protestant denominations are based on Martin Luther’s 66-book cut version of the Bible, but they each teach one or more doctrines that differ from every other denomination. And each claims to teach absolute truth. :whacky:
There’s a sign at the entrance that says “Splitsville. Welcome to Protestantland.”
Peace be with you,
BRAVO! Well said!
Just one note though, good’ole martin tried to cut more books from Sacred Scripture then just the ones that the English publishers cut out in the late 1800’s leaving them with only 66 books.
I must also note too that the Bible is just a tool of the Church. We do not need a Bible to get to heaven or to know Jesus, that is why Jesus gave us the Church and then she gave us the Bible (inspired of course). It is a good aid but salvation can be attained without ever hearing or reading Sacred Scripture, complete or not. The first Christians had no Bible till given to them by the 'K’atholic (;)) Church 400 years after Christ rose from the dead. Many more years to write and distribute it too. (No printing presses for those who forget history and prefer to rewrite it.)
Christ is in us and in His body, His Catholic Church. The Bible is nice but the Church is vital.
PS, food for thought: Did the Bible cause the ‘re’-formation of His Church? Did people loose sight of the Church Christ founded and focus too much on a book and not enough on Christ and His Church that He founded? Is the Bible the pillar and foundation and not the Church? Can we all interpret the teachings of Jesus to our own fancy and whim and still be united in Christ? (EX. Mormons, JW’s, Baptists, SDA’s, etc…) Will everyone who uses the Bible go to heaven like JW’s, Mormons, Baptists, SDA’s, Catholics, etc… Perhaps food for another thread?
PPS, The best Bible is the one you read whether 66, 73 or 75 books.
PPPS, Did you get the ‘JMJ’ from watching Bishop Sheen?
A prisoner of Christ,