For all of you non- Catholics out there, How do you know that the Gospel of Luke is an inspired book and who do you think wrote it?
Since no one is interested in this thread, I will respond to my own question.
Most Protestants and Fundamentalists think that they do not have any tradition, and that the Tradition of the Catholic Church is just man made baggage added to a simple saving gospel. The truth is that all Christian religions have tradition and authority. Take the Gospel of Luke for example, the Gospel does not identify its author, yet most if not all Protestants trust that it is the Gospel of Luke, a person who was not an Apostle, and never met Christ.
Take the Old Testament Canon for example, by whose authority did the reformers remove 7 books. As a matter of fact who on earth put the bible together, who decided what books were to be included and excluded. Martin Luther said that he was indebted to the Catholic Church for the Bible.
Take monogamy for example, where in the bible does it say that you should have only one wife. In fact without tradition, one would think that polygamy is Gods will for marriage. Like some fringe communities in the US.
Take excommunication for example. How is it that if someone can convince a majority of the elders in a specific church, that someone can be excommunicated. Where in Fundamentalist circles does one take his brother if he does not listen. Is the decision infallable, and if not how in good conscience can a church excommunicate someone if they do not know for sure that it is Gods will. How cruel can you get.
well, if you had asked what do you think Kerry and Bush think of it you would have had 15 bazillion post by now… :eek:
[quote=fulloftruth]For all of you non- Catholics out there, How do you know that the Gospel of Luke is an inspired book and who do you think wrote it?
ok, here are a few reasons:
Because it is one of the four gospels widely read and acknowledged to be inspired throughout church history.
It is quoted by Paul in 1st. Timothy 5:18 as scripture.
It is a faithful account of the life of Christ which closely parallels other accounts accepted as inspired.
On the subjective level, it has been used by the Spirit to transform both myself and innumerable other Christians in history.
Maybe Luke wrote it…?
Tradition has it that St Luke painted the first Icons of the Mother of God during her lifetime, and, that he was one of those Christ met on the road Emmaus.
If so then he would have known Christ before the Crucifixion and I suppose then would have been present when Christ broke bread previously.
Here we go, this is what St Luke’s says about him:
Born in Antioch, lived in Jerusalem. Had an extensive education in philosophy, medicine and art. One of the Seventy (Apostles) sent out by Christ.
Christ met Luke and Cleophas, the brother of St Joseph the Betrothed, and on their return from Emmaus they went to tell the others and were with them in the room when Christ appeared to them all, except for Thomas.