I posted this on another Site and got little response, so, I wanted to see if any of the protestants the regular this site could help me out…
The question I am about to ask is a geniune question. it is not meant to be in anyway shape or form ment to be an accusation. Nor is it meant to insight any arguements. I am genuinly curious to the answers that can be provided. If you feel the way I am wording this question is in any way shape or form rude, please forgive me.
Answer this question as you would someone that is asking you in earnest and has NO previous knowledge of the subject. I am not going to offer any objections to anything stated as I am simply after your understanding. If anyone else wishes to protest something said, go for it, but I am going to refrain all comments. Try and keep it friendly. No presumptive accusatiosn by either side please
I have always been curious about how the doctrines that developed from the Reformation came to being. It seems from my understanding that very few if any of the idea presented by the reformation were found in the earliest church. I have done a great deal fo research in prebiblical/post-pentecost churches and do not see the same things that are being taught today by many protestants. A good place to start are the DIDACHE, Ignatius, as well as other early christian leaders. I understand in theory that we should be able to simply follow the bible and that is all, however, in practice, i do not see any agreement between all the differant churches. There are many verses that are very clear, but there are many that are not. This is why i have gone back and looked at the first christians to see what they believe.
Assuming that the main protestant doctrines of Faith are correct, how is it that they did not come into play until close to 1500 years later. I have heard people say that there were factions that came and went that kept the faith alive, but I have not seen any historical evidence. One group (cathars) have been said to be the ‘keepers’ but historicly speaking, were very gnostic and almost pagan in their beliefs. But in essense, these doctrines did not truely surface in any way until the reformation. If you can provide historical evidence, I am very interested in it. All i ask is that you provide citations (and from unbiased sources, I dont count www.Bobs_10_reasons_Catholics_are_flying_pigs.com as a source) If you cannot provide citations, please refrain from using it as I do wish to read up on it.
Doctrines I am curious about:
- Sola Gracia
- Sola Scriptora
- Sola Fida
- Once saved Always Saved
- Full Emmersion Only Baptism
Also, Please refrain from saying I am over intellectualizing it, or that I am asking the worng questiosn, etc, There appears to be so much confusion among the differant denomonations that for me, to understand WHY you believe this, I need these questions asked.
Please keep all response peaceful. Also, do not use what you see as problems withing the CC as evidence. Proving something wrong does not prove its opposite correct.
To Each of you in Christ