Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How Roman Catholic Apologists Approach The Bible

  • Discussion:
          -This article serves as interaction with a post written by Catholic apologist De Maria titled "Forgiveness of Sins," with the intention being to illustrate how defenders of Rome misuse the Bible to support their errant presuppositions. We begin this critique with an excerpt from the author:

          "Washing away one's sins must mean to "forgive their sins" in Baptism (Acts 22:16)."

          The Apostle Paul's recounting of his conversion before a Jewish council identifies the washing away of sins with calling on the name of the Lord. Consider also Romans 10:9-13. Even the grammatical structure of the verse renders the baptismal regeneration interpretation illogical.

          Note that Ananias, a disciple of Christ, called the man "Brother Saul" as he laid hands on him (Acts 22:13). This proves that Saul (also known as Paul) was saved during his three days of blindness, which was prior to him being baptized.  

          The reason for the New Testament writers closely associating baptism with salvation is that partaking in such a ritual placed one at a much higher risk of being persecuted for the faith. Baptism was viewed as evidence of a person's willingness to undergo martyrdom for the Cause of Christ. It is representative of the changes that the Holy Spirit has begun to work in our hearts. These articles are of relevance to the discussion:

           https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2017/04/water-baptism-according-to-bible.html

           https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2018/03/critiquing-roman-catholic-doctrine-of.html

           "I guess I can understand how they question the Sacrament of Confession as I don't see it explicitly in John 20:23. However, this is where the understanding of the Traditions is invaluable to me."

           The following article is an in depth treatment on the issue of confessing sins to a priest:

           https://rationalchristiandiscernment.blogspot.com/2017/05/is-confession-of-sins-to-priest-biblical.html

           The second sentence in the quoted excerpt above is telling, as it is quite subjective. More light is shed on the implications of that remark from one of the author's answers to a recent inquiry:

           "I rarely use Bibles for study. For study, the Catechism and the writings of the Saints are my favorite source."

            It is one thing to consult a commentary when reading Scripture, but it is an entirely different matter to be using uninspired materials as the basis for making sense of the inspired text. At this point, it is no wonder that De Maria refuses correction! Nonetheless, Scripture unambiguously admonishes against placing trust in man (Psalm 146:3; Jeremiah 17:5). The object of our faith should be God. Never mind the fact that people in Jewish culture literally saturated their minds on a daily basis with Scripture (Joshua 1:7-8; Deuteronomy 17:18-20; Psalm 1:2). Furthermore, the Gnostics were the first to deny the sufficiency of Scripture and claim to possess extra-biblical divine tradition.

            "Christ can wash away our sins through the ministry of reconciliation which He appointed to the Church (2 Corinthians 5:18)."

            The context of this passage nowhere makes mention of an ordained ministerial priesthood. The ministry of reconciliation simply refers to the preaching of the gospel.

             While certain aspects of the Roman Catholic seven sacraments are biblical, the idea that the grace of God can be imparted to us through rituals is unbiblical. Justification is not by works of righteousness, but by us placing our trust in Christ and His finished work on the cross (John 1:12; Romans 3:27-28; 4:2-8; Galatians 2:16; 21; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Timothy 1:16; etc.). Rituals do not contribute to our salvation. It is abundantly clear that the Roman Catholic Church has a man-centered theology. Scripture is oftentimes taken out of context. Philosophy is elevated far above proper biblical exegesis.

2 comments:

  1. "I rarely use Bibles for study. For study, the Catechism and the writings of the Saints are my favorite source."

    That tells me all I need to know about that person's ignorance.

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  2. Baptism is what the Christians do because they have become Christians by being justified by faith in Christ; it is an outward, public sign of the person’s confession. There is nothing about baptism that saves a person who has not placed their faith in the atoning work of Christ. One is forced to ask why Christ never baptized anyone, and why Paul baptized only a few, if baptism was required for salvation? Faith in Christ alone is what saves us from sin (John 3:16, 36; John 5:24; John 6:47; John 20:31; Acts 16:31; Rom. 1:16; Rom. 3:22,25; Rom. 10:9; Tit. 3:5; Eph. 2:8-9, 16; et al).

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