So when in discussions with Protestants, we are often called to provide apologia for our Catholic practices/beliefs, such as praying the rosary, praying for the dead, papal infallibility, etc etc etc.
The discussion always turns to: the Bible doesn’t say that [insert Catholic belief A, B and C here] so you shouldn’t do it.
So that should be the Protestant mantra, right? “Where the Bible is silent on a practice, it’s forbidden.”
However, when I ask Protestants to provide Scriptural apologia for their beliefs/practices, such as bowing one’s head when praying, Tuesday evening Bible studies, church steeples, their response is: the Bible doesn’t forbid it, so it’s fine.
Does anyone else see the double standard here?
Shouldn’t it be the same paradigm for both Protestants and Catholics?
Either: where the Bible is silent, it’s permitted
Or: where the Bible is silent, it’s forbidden.
Incidentally, this prompts the question: where does the Bible tell us which of the 2 paradigms to follow when the Bible is silent on an issue?