Monday, April 30, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church Views The New Testament As A Dead Letter

        "The Scriptures indeed is a divine book but it is a dead letter, which has to be explained, and cannot exercise the action which the preacher can obtain!" (Joseph Bruneau, Our Priesthood, p. 142)

        "Through Luther, although Calvin seems to have been the first to announce Monobiblicism clearly, the Bible became the arm of the Protestant revolt. A dumb and difficult book was substituted for the living voice of the Church, in order that each one should be able to make for himself the religion which suited his feelings. And the Bible open before every literate man and woman to interpret for themselves was the attractive bait to win adherents . . ." (A Catholic Commentary on Holy Scripture, General Editors were Bernard Orchard, Edmund F. Sutcliffe, Reginald C. Fuller, and Ralph Russell, p. 11)

        "The Bible does not pretend to be a formulary of belief, as in a creed or catechism. There is nowhere in the New Testament a clear, methodical statement of the teaching of Christ. It was never intended as such." (Bertrand L. Conway, The Question-box Answers, p. 66)

        "Like two sacred rivers flowing from paradaise, the Bible and divine tradition contain the word of God, the precious gems of revealed truths. Though these two divine streams are in themselves, on account of their divine origin, of equal sacredness, and are both full of revealed truths, still of the two, tradition is to us more clear and safe." (Joseph Faa' di Bruno, Catholic Belief, p. 33)

        On the contrary, this Roman Catholic criticism of Sola Scriptura (that the Bible is a dead letter) reflects a shockingly low view of biblical authority. It is meant to portray the New Testament as being basically a dead and unintelligible letter, apart from the so-called teaching authority of the Magisterium. It is simply another one of Rome's attempts to bolster its prideful claims of universal authority over Christendom. But this kind of reasoning runs directly contrary to what the Word of God affirms regarding its own perspicuity and trustworthiness:

        "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)

"Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life." (John 6:68)

        "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 regarding 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 some religious organization as to its meaning. This is ironic because Church of Rome publicly proclaims deep, heartfelt reverence for the Bible.

        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. One can also take the time to examine all of the apostate denominations that reject biblical doctrine. Nonetheless, 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)?

1 comment:

  1. WOW!! I've never heard of those claims before, but it sure explains a lot about their heretical theology!