[quote=Tom of Assisi]What are your thoughts and feelings regarding the fact that there are so many **different **(and often conflicting) Protestant denomenations out there?
What implications does this have for the truth of Protestantism?
What implications does this have for the reliability of Sola Scriptura?
By anyone’s measure, there are many thousands of Protestant denominations – each based on its human founder’s interpretation of the same 66-book, cut version of the Bible. No two denominations agree on what they are to believe and how their religion is to be practiced, but each claims to teach the truth. That’s why they separated into disparate groups with identifying names.
New denominations form worldwide at the rate of about five a week, if previous estimates have held true. Many of the newest Protestants are not affiliated with any previous denomination and have no ties to historic Christianity, according to a recent study (Newsweek, April 16,2001). This is Sola Scriptura in action, carried to its ultimate, irrational, and predictable conclusion.
Christianity is a revealed religion, based not on a book but on the teaching of Christ through the Apostles to His Church. The Church produced the Bible. But revelation is meaningless to I’ll-do-it-my-way Christians.
Protestantism is an umbrella term that encompasses as many so-called “truths” as there are denominations – and that is thousands. Therefore there is no “truth” in Protestantism. Sola Scriptura is unbiblical, unhistorical, untenable, and unworkable.
Ex-Southern Baptist, ex-agnostic, ex-atheist, and by the grace of God, Catholic!