Through another post in this Apologetics forum (Biblical Foundations of the Catholic Church), the idea was mused of taking the Sacred Scripture, alone, to reproduce the structure, authority, sacraments, rites, etc of the Catholic Church as it looks today. This probably would not happen since the Catholic Church was in existence before the cannon was finalized in 382AD (ref Steve B’s post), and Sacred Scripture is a product of the Church; the Church is not a product of Sacred Scripture (ref AveOTheotokos and Gorgias posts). So, while Sacred Scripture has echoes of the Catholic Church’s structure and authority (ref Gorgias post), one cannot reproduce an exact copy of today’s Catholic Church with all of its Cannon Law, authority to declare it a sin to eat a chicken dinner on Fridays, or let’s just say Fridays during Lent, or something like the RCIA process.
If this conclusion is true, wouldn’t something like the Protestant Reformation be inevitable? I’ve heard a speaker once say that after the Guttenberg Press was invented in the 1400’s, the best-selling book was the Bible. I can easily see how a growing number of literate, reverent lay people, without any real beef with the Church, could honestly conclude a revolution of some kind was necessary to restore Christianity to its intended design. The Catholic Church in the 1400’s – 1500’s had to see this coming. God knew this was coming. I don’t see how The Lord’s prayer for unity could have ever be a reality after the printing press?