The pope is the head of the Church on earth. This has been understood since the first century. You can see it in Irenaeus’ writings when he says that all churhches should agree with the Church on\f Rome because of its pre-eminent authority. The Catholic Church does not teach that the pope has more power than Jesus. If someone claims that, then they have no idea what the Church teaches. The Church teaches that the authority the pope has came from Jesus, so the pope can only have what Jesus gave to him as the successor of Peter.
Of course Jesus Christ is head of the Church, but the pope is the authoritative figure on earth that guides Christ’s Church. He makes sure the Church remains true, and it has under the Catholic Church. I don’t see Jesus telling the protestants what to believe or how to worship, that is completely up to them. The only way they can say we are wrong is because they disagree with us, not because we could actually be wrong.
[quote=Paris Blues]**Protestants have really believed in the freedom of worship because we are SAVED BY GRACE, and not by tradition or works or whatever the Pope says. **
Read the Council of Trent on Justification. It specifically teaches that it is through Grace by faith and works. You are not saved by faith alone, that is said nowhere in the bible. On the contrary, in Matt. 25 Jesus says they will be seperated according to there works. In James 2, it says that faith without works is dead. It also says we are justified by our works. I will show you my faith by my works, you show me your faith without works.
[quote=Paris Blues]The Holy Bible is the word of God, not edicts by the Pope or writings.
**The Word of God is our only authoritative source of Eternal Life through Jesus alone. **
The canon of the bible was decided by councils of the Catholic Church in the 3rd and 4th century. You will not find the bible before that.
I would like to challenge this person to show me the canon of the bible from scripture itself. You can not get any outside sources to show it, only the bible.
I would also like to see where in the bible that it teaches this idea of sola scriptura. The closest it comes to the doctrine is, it says that reading scripture is profitable, which certainly is not the same as sola scriptura. It actually says in the bible to follow the traditions, whether by epistle or by word of mouth. The first century Christian Ignatius said to do nothing without the bishop and to treat the bishop as you would treat Christ. He was accepted by all Christians in the first millenium as a great saint and his writings were used by them too.
[quote=Paris Blues]**The Protestant Reformation came about because of all the heresies that has occurred with the Romanists. Purgatory, praying to dead saints, kissing icons, buying yourself out of Purgatory into Heaven, the additional books added to the Bible, and so on. **
Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses to the Catholic Church, and then started the Protestant Reformation. "
Prove that they are heresies, what authority does this person have to claim them to be heresies? They read the bible? Read the councils of Hippo, Rome, and Carthage and you will see the canon of the bible in the 3rd and 4th century. It is the protestants who removed books it seems, from reading the early councils.