Several days ago I was in a discussion with my sister-in-law, (a Lutheran [LCMS] convert from an AOG and Presbyterian background) regarding some faith matters. She initially called up to ask me why the Pope kissed Qu’ran and informed me that a tape she had listened to made the assertion that the Pope was trying to meld Islam and Catholicism. The ultimate goal of this would be, of course, to establish one world religion. She didn’t believe the assertion, but was disturbed to think that the Pope would have kissed the Qu’ran. After reassuring her that the Pope didn’t have a plan to make a hybrid religion between Islam and Catholicism, I did assure her that the Pope was probably interested in the world having one religion. Just that that religion would be be the one Christ established, Catholic. We then got into one of those rambling Protestant vs Catholic discussions. It ended up being mainly about the communion of saints.
One thing she has a habit of doing is appealing to the Greek behind the scripture. She only does this to refute the Aramaic or Hebrew words which would have been spoken by the Lord or the writers. Her main arguement is that “The Holy Spirit saw fit to inspire the Scriptures in the Greek, so what the Greek says is all that is perfectly inspired. This is because the Truth which God intended to be revealed was best and most clearly illuminated by the Greek language.” One example of this is her assertion that it doesn’t matter that Christ spoke Aramaic and that he renamed Simon Cephas, (making Matthew 16: 18… most clearly show the truth that Peter is the rock). She belives that what was inspired by the Holy Spirit in the Greek shows what Jesus really meant, that Peter (Petros) and the rock (petras) are two seperate things.
She won’t entertain the charitable criticism of the illogical path her belief comes from or travels to. That when she places the chosen language of the scribe over the spoken language of Jesus she is professing that what Jesus said doesn’t matter. Or answering the question as to what type of inspiration and authority the people who determined the Canon of Scripture were operating under.
I have come to the conclusion that to make any headway I must go onto her playing field. But, I am ignorant of Greek. What are some specific Greek words and phrases in Scripture which bolster specifically Catholic theology and would show inconsistancies in the non-Catholic Christian position in areas of Scriptural interpretation?