At my parish’s RCIA classes, they have started the meeting with reading next Sunday’s readings and then discussing how God spoke to us through these readings. Alot of the catechumins (?sic) and candidates responded that the readings were hard ones to piece together. The discussion ensued among the people that showed up for the class that night and ended up by “good thing we have the Bible now, unlike what Christians did before the Bible was around”. I kept my mouth shut, but was thinking that a statement like that could possibly imply that the church didn’t know the meanings the letters that were being written at the time. I debated to speak up or not, but I sat back and pondered what the attendees were saying. I could not get past the thought of “wow, they don’t get it. they don’t understand the authority of the church in the early days before the Bible”. Or perhaps “wow, they believe that in order to be a Christian, you need the a Bible. but that wasn’t the case in the early church”
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to down play the Bible. I believe it is all inspired by God. That it is God’s word. I find it hard to believe that the Church could possibly meandering around with “what ever you say goes” in some non-organized manner. The church had very defined beliefs.