Every once in a while I come across something that very neatly expresses my own views. I figured I would share this with some Catholic apologists and see if anyone has any thoughts on the matter.
Is Catholicism’s claim as the sole authority of Gods word and their practice of an institutional driven means to salvation, contrary to Christs sacrifice on the Cross?
Was Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross supposed to provide a means for regular people to access God independently and achieve salvation apart from the authority figures of the day. Authority figures who had previously controlled their access to salvation.
Was Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross intended to solidify institutionalized based salvation, thus firmly entrenching salvation solely in the hands of the religious authorities? ( Catholic Church)
Read the following, from Marcus J. Borgs ’ The Heart of Christianity" and then I am interested to see any comments on what I perceive as a compelling argument.
'But in its first-century setting, the statement " Jesus is the sacrifice for sin" had a quite different meaning. The “home” of this language, the framework within which it makes sense, is the sacrificial system centered in the temple in Jerusalem. According to temple theology, certain kinds of sins and impurities could be dealt with only through sacrifice in the temple. Temple theology thus claimed an institutional monopoly on the forgiveness of sins; and because the forgiveness of sins was a prerequisite for entry into the presence of God, temple theology also claimed an institutional monopoly on access to God.
In this setting, to affirm " Jesus is the sacrifice for sin" was to deny the temple’s claim to have a monopoly on forgiveness and access to God. It meant: God in Jesus has already provided the sacrifice and has thus taken care of whatever you think separates you from God; you have access to God apart from the temple and its system of sacrifice. It is a metaphor of radical grace, of amazing grace.
…it’s therefore ironic to realize that the religion that formed around Jesus would within four hundred years begin to claim for itself and institutional monopoly on grace an access to God.’