- Roman Catholics Believe That The Magisterium Brings To Life The Supposedly Dead And Lifeless Scripture:
- Further Attestation From Other Catholic Sources:
- Other Vain Proclamations:
- Catholic Officials Want Us To Believe That Their Tradition Is Safer To Follow Than Scripture Itself:
"The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes." (Psalm 19:7-8)
"Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89)
"But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God:" (Matthew 22:31)
"Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught." (Luke 1:1-4)
"Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life." (John 6:68)
"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)." (John 10:35)
"For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
"and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus." (2 Timothy 3:15)
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
"for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God." (1 Peter 1:23)
If Roman Catholic officials are indeed correct in regards to the Bible being a dead letter, then it surely is odd that it proclaims itself to be a living, powerful, and even lucid guide for the average reader. The quoted excerpts above from Catholic literature can hardly be reconciled with what divine revelation proclaims about itself. The two are diametrically opposed to each other in this case. The Word of God obviously does not portray itself as needing to be unpackaged by a religious organization. How unfortunate, yet the Church of Rome publicly proclaims deep, heartfelt reverence for the Word of God. Why the irony? Is it even logically consistent to maintain that the Bible is divine, but dead, at the same time?
Whenever the self-sufficiency of Scripture gets rejected, whatever it affirms, opposes, or says in general basically becomes irrelevant. This is a door to heresy. For proof of this, all that one has to do is look at all the abhorrent doctrines taught by groups who adamantly deny Sola Scriptura such as the Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. Cults like these are in much worse shape than anybody who relies on (with an open and prayerful heart) Scripture alone for discerning truth from error. Our Lord Jesus Christ rebuked the devil by saying the following three times in a row, "It is written" (Matthew 4:1-11). Allow us to confidently follow His perfect moral example. Scripture is the safest route to use in building doctrine because it has been given to us by an infallible God.
Never once does Scripture present itself as needing to be interpreted by an allegedly infallible church hierarchy. Who infallibly interprets the words of the infallible interpreter when people still fail to grasp allegedly infallible dogmas? If disagreements in interpretation of the Bible prove it to be obscure, then is God's existence proven to be obscure just because atheists disagree with us on that matter (Romans 1:18-20)? If we do not have the right to interpret Scripture apart from the Church of Rome, then how could we also make private interpretations of statements from the church fathers or official proclamations by Catholic officials? How can we adhere to a body of extra-biblical oral tradition when it has never even been clearly defined? What exactly constitutes tradition, anyway?