[quote=Cat]I hope this doesn’t sound rude.
I meet Catholics all the time who don’t know where any of the books of the Bible are.
I realize that many of them know Bible verses and prayers by heart and that’s the important thing.
But believe me, I’m a little skeptical of their intelligence when I see them searching for Jeremiah. Or Jude. Sometimes they are not even sure whether these books are in the Old or New Testament.
It doesn’t make a good impression at all, no, siree, especially on Protestants who memorize these books of the Bible usually around third grade and remember them forever. (They may or may not ever read the books! But they know where they are!)
My suggestion is, swallow pride, stop making excuses, sit down with the Bible, and MEMORIZE those books of the Bible! Do it with a friend–have a Bible Book Memorizing Party, and when you are all finished and you can throw books of the Bible around like footballs, then celebrate!
Know them not only forwards, but backwards as well. It’s so easy and will make everyone think you are intelligent!
Don’t give anyone a reason to think you are stupid. This is such a simple thing to do.
Cat, I hope this doesn’t sound rude but you are using Protestant Christians views to “judge” Catholic Christians. For Catholics, just like for the earliest Christians, the Church teachings descend from an ORAL TRADITION. The Scriptures were passed down orally until codified in the 4th century. And even after that the ORAL TRADITION remained the primary means of transmitting the Scriptures because people were illiterate and books (including the Bible) were expensive and scarce because they were hand-written by scribes.
It was only when the printing press was invented in the 16th century that the Bible was available to the literate classes. The Catholic Church’s liturgy continued the ORAL TRADITION of sharing the Bible. Just because Bibles were available didn’t negate the importance of the Liturgy and Catholic tradition. Don’t forget that only in the late 20th century was the majority of people in the Western world literate!
So to criticize Catholics because we don’t adhere to Protestant views on “sola scriptura” which translates into the necessity to be familiar with the Bible is to define the judgment in terms of a Protestant view. And of course, once established based on Protestant criteria, Catholics fall short. But the problem is not with Catholics but in how you frame the terms of the debate.
I have the same reaction when Protestant fundamentalists ask “Are you saved?” or “Do you take the Lord, Jesus Christ as your personal savior and redeemer?” I deeply resent being tested (and judged) according to their standards. (Are they the Lord who will judge me and Catholics on Judgement Day? I don’t think so!)