[quote="ErricFiggy, post:1, topic:296042"]
I've been reading some Apologetic material from an Apologist who often likes to ask Protestants "Is your interpretation of this verse infallible?" The idea is that if they say no, it demonstrates that the rest of their interpretations or passages may also be wrong. If they answer yes...well, they're basically backed into a corner.
Man.. that sounds like John Martignoni if I had to guess. hahahahahha
My question is:
What if someone turns the question around?
You and just about all the responses are hitting the nail on the head. As Catholics.. we don't just pick up a bible, read it, and interpret it on our own. We don't reinvent the wheel every generation by re-interpreting things on our own, typically with a modern bent and without cross checking our work. -- We don't believe that every Christian is called to do so, as many Non-Catholic Christians believe they are.
NO, instead, we CROSS CHECK our interpretation with that of Church teaching, for one, but independent of that.. we ALSO, perhaps more importantly, cross check our interpretation with Historical Christianity (aka Holy Tradition)
See..that's the 3rd leg of our religious stool that we rest upon. 1) Christ, 2) Scripture, 3) Holy Tradition (magestrium and history)
Non-Catholic Christians by contrast have a 2 legged stool to sit upon. Christ and Scripture, that's it.
The idea is that IF our interpretations are CORRECT, then the early Christians.. (ya know.. those who KNEW the Apostles and were taught from them, or those who were taught by someone who knew the Apostles) then our interpretation will agree with their understanding and won't contradict.
IF we find that our interpretation disagrees..then we have reason to assume that WE are wrong.. not all of Christendom throughout history. NOT that the entire Christian faith fell into Apostacy..but that perhaps WE missed something and should try to re-align our beliefs with history, not the other way around.
This may sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised at how many non-Catholics will bristle at this simple idea. To them it will sound like we are putting MAN above God and trusting some long dead people over Christ.
But we aren't.... we are using history as a litmus test to ensure that WE, ourselves, aren't injecting our own bias and adding to scripture. We are using the early Christians from the 1st through 4th centuries as a type of 'tie breaker' when it comes to interpreting Scripture.
There is a popular Catholic saying which kinda hints at this point: "To be knowledgeable of history, is to cease to be Protestant"
Because the farther back you go in history.. the more Catholic the church looks.
So if someone turns it back around on YOU... then you should thank the Lord for the opportunity he has given you. use it to talk about Holy Tradition (aka Historical Christianity) That person may have thought that they have trapped you, but in reality they have actually opened the door for you to show one of the Unique strengths of your faith. They have accidentally played right into your hand. (so to speak) heehehhehe