Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Why The Catholic Material Sufficiency View Falls Short

  • Discussion:
          -While some Roman Catholics maintain that parts of divine revelation are contained in two distinct oral and written sources, others believe all the contents of apostolic tradition to be found in Scripture. The latter view which is being critiqued in this paper asserts the role of the Magisterium to be officially unpacking the meaning of allegedly ambiguous passages of the Bible in a manner understandable to lay members. The material sufficiency view essentially posits the necessity of having infallible certainty in regards to having the Scripture interpreted in its proper order. Though this perspective on biblical authority is touted as giving God's Word appropriate respect, the truth of the matter is that the Roman Catholic material sufficiency view is simply another deceptive attempt to get us submitting to their church hierarchy for scriptural interpretation. 

          The Scriptures are perfect. They are trustworthy. They are infallible. They are incorruptible. They impart wisdom to the simple. They bring about the conversion of sinners. They purify our souls. They enlighten our minds. They convict the conscience of sin. They are the foundation for moral discernment, and ultimately reality. The Word of God discerns the human heart. It equips the one who serves the Lord for every good work. The Scriptures were originally breathed out by God. We should be continually reflecting on biblical precepts, which point us to our Creator. We are accountable for how we interpret the Scriptures. Thus, we have arrived at the heart of the problem with the Roman Catholic material sufficiency view.

           It fundamentally portrays the Bible as being a pile of bricks that need to be assembled for building purposes. It implies Scripture in itself to be dead, powerless, useless, incomplete, and disorganized. However, the descriptive language previously provided in the myriad of allusions to Scripture hardly sound like an insufficient rule of faith. The intellectual substance of these texts only get obscured by the Roman Catholic material sufficiency view, which is ample reason to discard the theory altogether. If church leaders demand that faithful adherents be dependent solely on them for scriptural interpretation, then how are they fulfilling their obligation of aiding fellow believers in the process of becoming spiritually mature (Ephesians 4:11-15)? Even the meaning of the term "material sufficiency" is debatable for Roman Catholics. According to Scripture Catholic:

          "The Church has not defined this term for us; it is simply a theological concept."

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