Sunday, April 16, 2017
- Defining The Issues:
- General Points Of Consideration:
-The authority of Scripture is not determined by the intelligence of the human race, the availability of the Scriptures, or by how healthy people are.
- Concerning High Illiteracy Rates In The Early Church:
*Scripture can be taught orally by those who are literate.
*Scripture can still be memorize or recited from memory.
*Scripture can still be studied, though it may take more time to grasp the meaning behind certain passages of Scripture.
*The Scriptures were read in the Synagogues and churches. In fact, the heretics of the early church would use Scripture to engage orthodox members of Christianity.
-While it is true that illiteracy rates can pose a problem for the transmission of biblical doctrines, they have nothing to do with the alleged insufficiency of Scripture or the need of an infallible teaching authority. The ruthless persecution of Christians hinders the spread of the gospel, but that does not in any way suggest that hearing and accepting the preached message is somehow unnecessary for salvation or of less importance to mankind.
-If, as Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox apologists claim, that Jesus Christ passed on infallible, extra-biblical oral traditions that were meant to be heard by the "common Christians", then what about the people who are deaf? If illiteracy rates disqualify Scripture from functioning as the only inspired rule of faith for the church to operate on, then the Catholic/Orthodox "rules of faith" must also be disqualified because deaf people cannot hear oral teaching.
- What About The Invention Of The Printing Press In The 1400's?:
- Concerning Malnutrition In The Early Church:
-It is highly improbable that the leaders of the early church had a "higher ability" to learn than the "common people" because they all ate the same basic diet.