Hi Brent, thanks for the reply to my OPQ [question]
OK, let’s discuss your concerns.
Allow me ask a question for the sake of clarification. You indicate that you agree the bible is Inspired, what is your thought of bible interpretation? Who can do it ALSO Inspired by the HS?
The issue we Catholics have with Sola Scriptura is that it is neither historical [meaning dating back to Apostolic times], nor then is it logical. HERE’S WHY
The bible was fully authored by the end of the 1st Century, and assembled with the 73 book Canon in the early 4th Century. So there was a period of a few hundred YEARS that the early Church; under SEVERE persecution, [the Catholic Church] existed and grew based on HS Inspiration of the Apostles WORD of MOUTH teachings, and subsequent Catholic Teachers, as well as the occasional “written & passed on bible” teachings.
The Bibles OT books were chosen by the Early Catholic Fathers, and the ENTIRE NT is authored by the Early Catholic Fathers.
Not only is this historically provable, but logically the rate of literacy at the time as well as the rarity and extremely cost of writing material made bible-book distribution a severe and costly hardship.
As for Sola Fide; that is not biblical. It was an innovation of Martin Luther [an Apostate Catholic priest] who choose to invent his very own religion some 1,500 years after Christ Founded [singular, Mt 16:18] today’s RCC.
James 2:14-20 from the INSPIRED Bible
“What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him? And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food:And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled; yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit? So faith also, if it have not works, is dead in itself. But some man will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee, by works, my faith. Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
The RCC does NOT belief that we “can” work our way into heaven. Rather we teach that WORKS =CHARITY, which is a Godly expectation in order to attain heaven.
The position you hold that Christ HAS already “done it all” [‘Subsatory Salvation”] is another invention of the post-reformation. NOT what Christ wants, expected or with ANY degree of certainty is willing to accept. [That is of course between you & God]
God Bless you,