[quote=Bryan]What gives a man the right to decide what biblical scriptures and doctrine are right and which are wrong?
The Catholic Church has done it. Martin Luther did it. All of the Churches do it. But what gives them that right?
This is probably a philosophical question more than anything, but when you think about it, what gives a person the right to tell me what I am to believe? I know the Bible is a guide, but it is often a maze of twisting turns. How can one decide for themself? I will say that I find it hard to believe that anyone agrees with everything their church says.
Are we to just find the one that fits best and believe what we want?
Bryan, I’ve often wondered the same things. This is why there are many denominations of Christianity. The Bible is a guide as you say. It’s a revelation from God. Use it as your guide. Buy a book that explains the history of the Bible, different types of literature and so on. Then begin reading the Bible for yourself. Pray that God will lead you to what He wants you to know. Trust Him to lead. Come to your own conclusions first, then compare what you conclude with other Christians conclusions.
Above all, keep your mind open to the possiblities. When we settle into only ONE view, then we think we have it figured out and everyone else is wrong. However, if we keep an open mind and accept possibilites, God can work wonders.
By the way, this is a protestant position - I’m a Baptist. Catholics on the forum here might have a different answer. I hope I have helped in some way.