Sunday, June 11, 2017

Roamin' Catholics

  • Introduction:
          -Roman Catholics tend to portray classical Protestantism as being totally lost and full of internal contradictions because of scriptural misinterpretation. They then propose their own church hierarchy as being the ultimate "solution" to all of the allegedly obscure passages of the Bible. Catholics commonly ask questions that follow similar lines to, "How do you know that your interpretations of Scripture are correct?" They believe that professing Christians who rely on the Scriptures alone for the establishment of doctrine are in a hopeless state of confusion because they do not submit to an infallible interpreter of Scripture. But the church does NOT need an infallible hierarchy to preside over it because God gave us the Scriptures. Additionally, the same standards that are raised by opponents of Sola Scriptura can also be applied equally to them.

          1.) How do adherents to the Church of Rome know that the Pope is infallible in matters pertaining to faith and morals? How do Roman Catholics know with certainty that they have correctly selected the rightful interpreter of the Scriptures?
            -Catholics believe that we need an infallible interpreter to settle every doctrinal dispute.
            -Just as the Protestant makes a private judgment of Scripture, Romanists also use private judgment to reach the verdict that the Pope is infallible. They also must fallibly interpret every word of Church teaching, whether they retrieve their information from Papal Encyclicals, Ecumenical council documents, the catechism, hearing their priests during the Mass, or by any other means. Roman Catholics do and must possess individualized, subjective interpretations of Roman Catholicism. Converts to Roman Catholicism must also use their own fallible reasoning skills to personally reach the conclusion that the Roman Catholic Church is the one true church. Thus we see that Catholics are pitting a completely hypocritical double-standard against Protestant churches because both sides of the debate must use "private judgment". In fact, Catholics disagree on many of the official teachings of their own church. Those Roamin' Catholics have been roaming around in vain in search of doctrinal security under the umbrella of the Magisterium!

          2.) If we do not have the right to engage in private interpretation of Scripture because we are not infallible, then how can we know with certainty which oral tradition is correct among the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and the Jehovah's Witnesses, for all three groups teach that they alone can interpret Scripture, to the exclusion of the individual?

          3.) The Roman Catholic Church has never given an interpretation of every passage in the Bible. In fact, it has done so only on a handful of occasions to serve its own purpose. What is even more interesting is that while the Church of Rome guarantees certainty behind the infallibility of its official decrees, it never promises that the theological reasoning used to support a decree is accurate itself. Consider these words from the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia online:

            ''the validity of the Divine guarantee is independent of the fallible arguments upon which a definitive decision may be based, and of the possibly unworthy human motives that in cases of strife may appear to have influenced the result. It is the definitive result itself, and it alone, that is guaranteed to be infallible, not the preliminary stages by which it is reached."

          4.) Let's ask a few questions regarding the authority claims of the Roman Catholic Church. If an infallible institution is necessary to obtain the correct meaning of every Scripture passage, then on what basis do we know which church (out of the many out there making identical claims) is the infallible church? How do Roman Catholics know with absolute certainty that they have correctly picked Christ's church (the only thing available for Catholics is on the basis of their own fallible private judgment)?

           5.) It is very interesting to see how both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches have made IDENTICAL claims to infallible authority, yet they both disagree on who's church originated first. Furthermore, it can safely be said that the Church Fathers never considered themselves to be the standard of truth!

2 comments:

  1. Roman Catholics, starting with the Pope, just ASSERT they and they only have the authority of interpretation, that the Pope is infallible, etc. They assert and Catholics accept without investigating where such a claim originates. This is the way all cults work - they just assert the authority of their prophet and/or their specific teachings.

    (you might want to reconsider the color of your blog background and your font colors; it is virtually impossible to read your except from the Catholic Encyclopedia.

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  2. That citation is mind-boggling! The excuses they come up with to defend what isn't correct, so that they can end with what is "correct" just demonstrate they have nothing to do with God.

    Circular reasoning is correct. "We are infallible because we say so" is the end result.

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