My girlfriend and her husband were good friends of mine.
They went back east and someone asked them if they believed that the Bible is the Word of God and they said yes. Then the person asked them, well, why do you believe in the Catholic Church when it changed the 10 commandments around and the wording, and moved the Lord’s sabbath to Sunday, etc.
They came to my house to ‘save’ me from the Catholic Church. I listened but didn’t respond. One day my friend, in response to my not going along with her, told me, ‘well, some day you will then see the coming glory of the Lord in the sky,’…implying she would be justified as telling me the truth, and I would be lost.
Later her mother went to visit their community church. The minister was preaching and in front of her Catholic mother, began the usual denouncing of the Catholic Church. The mother was so upset with this man’s talk, she got up and began walking out of the assembly. Going out, he insulted her again about Catholics behind her back.
That is literally sickening. Later, they started falling back on their college degrees, and began studying this religion, SDA…and found out that the woman founder was into numerology…the more they studied its foundation, they came to the conclusion it was not of the Lord and left.
This minister is violating the 10 commandments by not showing honor and respect to this member’s mother.
You can take beliefs and tradition out of the understanding of faith from the apostles and how faith was put into practice, by looking at early church documents and seeing how believers lived out their faith.
Likewise, there is another problem, and it is how such exclusive Word based believers also, likewise, with no theology, literally reduce Christ to minimalism and little belief in the greatness of Christ as both God and Man. Bible book only form of faith has no history of the great testament of faith by Christians who have lived out the Christian life, drawing on the Lord.
There are testimonies of faith, no saints…no witness to the new life of Jesus Christ. Your testimony of faith ends with St. John in Revelation…2,000 years ago…but no testimony of faith of people living out their faith, the same as that given and lived out 2,000 years ago.
The Catholic Church was given the power to bind and loosen. It has authority…by the movement of people, of how faith gradually formed, to it being practiced on Sunday. By the time Constantine became emperor, by the witness of faith and power he saw in the Cross, he signed the Edict of Milan to make Christianity legal and to have all subjects in his kingdom have Sunday as a day of rest.
And likewise, Constantine did not become a Christian until days before his death, so he did not found Roman Catholicism like some recent American protestants are now claiming.
I am reacting in this post to the attitude some Bible only Christians have towards the Catholic faith and our fellow believers, thinking our beliefs and traditions were made up to serve man not God, when our worship of Christ is incomparable to any Protestant bible service.
People should instead focus on Christology first…see how vast our faith in Christ is…and His effects, He Who draws ALL men to Himself. Study what the Mass is. It is represented in Revelations 22. And then secondly, study Christian history with an open mind, not drawing on the bias of their indoctrinators.