Just wonderin if anyone can tell me why the catholic church uses the clergy system to connect to god, rather than going staight to him yourself? im not saying its good or bad im just wondering… as many answers as possible would be muchly appreciated
Priests are ministers.
The apostle Paul brings the point forward.
[size=3]Romans 15:15-16 (NASB)[/size]
15 But I have written very boldly to you on some points so as to remind you again, because of the grace that was given me from God,
16 to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, ministering as a priest the gospel of God, so that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
Also, Paul, in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians speaks about the “ministry of reconciliation”, chapter 5, verse 18. In fact, he says Jesus gave us the ministry of reconciliation.
2 Cor 5:18 And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation
BTW, ministries are performed by ministers. Priests & bishops are ministers. Paul continues by saying that Christ entrusted us, meaning men…
2 Cor 5:19 namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
Finally, Paul calls himself and others “ambassadors”…
2 Cor 5:20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
Put it all together and you get “We were given the ministry of reconciliation by Christ who entrusted us and made us ambassadors for Him.” Key - Christ gave it to us. It is a Christian Tradition by that alone, in both the east and the west.