…Remember - God doesn’t wish that any should perish (2 Peter 3:19) and He is patient with us, giving us what we need to come to Him - for some it is the softer way of Protestantism and faith alone - allowing the Holy Spirit to work from there, since He now has an ‘inroad’ so to speak. I mean, after all - isn’t that the whole Life right there? Following the leading of the Holy Spirit? Just my opinion here, but I believe that God allowed the reformation to happen to give everyone accesss to Christ and a way to the truth found in the RCC, as they needed, in order to approach it - with a firm scriptural foundation of knowlege; as well as a challenge to KNOW the Truths presented in the RCC to those within it already - as we are ALL responsible for these truths: to know them, follow them, and Teach them.
Can anyone honestly say that they would have learned what they have learned as thoroughly as they have without the challenges presented by protestantism to the Faith? I know I can say - I wouldn’t have.
Does that make sense to anyone else?
I hope I am not reading you right, but I seem to hear some implications that Luther may have lead Catholics to deeper understanding and connection to Holy Scriptures.
On CAF Luther! Read Read! thread (one of the highest Views threads in CAF Apologetics) we have thuroghly looked at Luther’s perversion of Holy Scriptures. Luther hates Jesus teaching, If you wish to enter into life, obey the commandments. Luther, along with the majority of modern Protestants, greatly avoid Jesus teachings and focus on St. Paul’s writings which have a high tendancy to be missconscrewed. Especially those writings of St. Paul, which can be easily misunderstood to directly counter Jesus direct teachings to obey God if you wish to enter into life. Luther pretty much avoided using Mathew, Mark, and Luke, which are Jesus words, and based the vast majority of his false theology from his misunderstanding of St. Paul’s writtings.
On the Luther! Read Read! thread, we even found a quote from Luther quoting Jesus’ words as his “opponant”.
Maybe Luther caused the Church to preach more directly from scriptures but it was hardly worth the centuries of billions of Protestants being lead astray by his theological abominations.
Luther****The doctrine of our opponents is similar to that of the false apostles in Paul’s day.Our opponents teach, "If you want to live unto God, you must live after the Law, for it is written, Do this and thou shalt live."
NAB MAT 19:16
“Teacher, what good must I do to possess everlasting life?” He answered, “Why do you question me about what is good? There is One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” NAB DEU 30:15 The Choice before Israel.“Here then, I have today set before you life and prosperity, death and doom. If you obey the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin on you today, loving him, and walking in his ways, and keeping his commandments, statutes and decrees, you will live and grow numerous, and the LORD, your God, will bless you in the land you are entering to occupy.” NAB LUK 10:25**“Teacher, what must I do to inherit everlasting life?” Jesus answered him:** "What is written in the law? How do you read it?" He replied:
"You shall love the Lord your God
**with all your heart, **
**with all your soul, **
**with all your strength, **
**and with all your mind; **
and your neighbor as yourself."
Jesus said, “You have answered correctly. Do this and you shall live.”