[quote=cornerstone]what you are saying goes perfectly along with the doctrine of the catholic church, but according to this thinking if it was up to the catholic church than half of the apostles including Peter would never have access to the Bible cause they where not educated people nor they had experience understanding literary styles.
was there any standard to comply to in the eyes of our Lord Jesus for Him to preach to you?
was he not talking to uneducated people? or people that did not have money to get an education?
Since the Bible did not exist as a complete document until the third century, Peter DIDN’T have access to the Bible. Since he became the first Pope, I think we could safely make the assessment that he got along just fine without it.
Problem here is that Christ didn’t go around passing out tracts from Chick Publications or pamphlets that eventually were compiled into the Bible. He PREACHED to people. The Church did not come out of the Bible. The Bible came out of the Church. The books of the NT were selected out of many books and letters written by the early church, and the Council of Carthage decided on the canon of the NT, so it seems to me that the church that created the Bible has the right to decide who can and can’t read it without supervision and guidance.
Christianity adheres to truth and works under the assumption that truth exists and it is universal. If 20,000 denominations are teaching 20,000 different truths that come from the same source, then somebody is lying or badly mistaken (or truth just doesn’t exist, in which case we should all just hang it up now).
Muslims believe that when the Qu’ran is translated into languages other than Arabic it is no longer the word of God but an interpretation of the word of God. Although Muslims differ from Christianity in that they believe that Allah literally dictated his words to Muhammed, and did not just inspire Muhammed to write, I think they’ve got the right idea. While there are differing sects in Islam, there darn sure aren’t 20,000 denominations with distinctive beliefs in Islam.