When discussing the Bible’s inspiration with protestants, they will often go about “proving” its inspiration through a number of “evidences.” There was a broad consensus in the early church, it is very historically accurate, it is about Jesus, and archaelogical evidence proves the accuracy of the Bible etc…therefore we are *almost *certain it is the inspired, inerrant Word of God. The closest a protestant can come to “knowing” the Bible is inspired is “almost” completely sure, because there is no closure on the subject, there is no Church saying “yes it is.”
The reason I bring that up, is because it seems almost synonomous with a Catholic’s decision and realization that the Church indeed has authority, and was established by Jesus. We can be almost certain because of all the evidence, yet we have no certain closure on the subject. We can not determine the Bible is inspired because it tells us, you need an outside authoritative source to go by. Likewise we can not determine the Church’s legitimacy because it says so, we need an outside authoritative source, but where is it? I am positive the Church is Christ’s true Church, yet it is because my fallible interpretation of all the evidences, and I believe my fallible decision is right this time, yet there will never be the certainty of an infallible pronouncement, like the certainty we have of the Bible’s inspiration because of the Church (that our fallible decision has led us to believing).
I am not saying my decision about the Church is wrong, after all the protestants are right about the inspiration of the Bible, but for wrong and uncertain reasons. Is there any certainty that our fallible decisions are entirely correct? I suppose I will receive a lot of “evidences,” though no matter how many evidences there are, it is still a guesstimate we make, albeit an accurate one, though not certain. With what certainty do we believe the Church?