Questions For Bible Christians

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Sola Scriptura sounds good and right, so how can it be wrong?
Put differently, if sola Scriptura were not propped up by hundreds of years of false assumption, how could it last for a day?  Here are a few questions to think about, pulled from a longer list that I encourage the reader to consider and share:

22) Why do Protestant scholars recognize the early Church councils at Hippo and Carthage as the first instances in which the New Testament canon was officially ratified, but ignore the fact that those same councils ratified the Old Testament canon used by the Catholic Church today but abandoned by Protestants at the Reformation?
23) Why do Protestants follow postapostolic Jewish decisions on the boundaries of the Old Testament canon, rather than the decision of the Church founded by Jesus Christ?
24) How were the bishops at Hippo and Carthage able to determine the correct canon of Scripture, in spite of the fact that they believed all the distinctively Catholic doctrines such as the apostolic succession of bishops, the sacrifice of the Mass, Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist, baptismal regeneration, etc?

 

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ONE LORD.  ONE FAITH.  ONE BAPTISM.

 AS FOR ME, I KNOW THAT MY VINDICATOR LIVES, AND THAT HE WILL AT LAST STAND FORTH UPON THE DUST. THIS WILL HAPPEN WHEN MY SKIN HAS BEEN STRIPPED OFF, AND FROM MY FLESH I WILL SEE GOD: I WILL SEE FOR MYSELF, MY OWN EYES, NOT ANOTHER’S, WILL BEHOLD HIM: MY INMOST BEING IS CONSUMED WITH LONGING. JOB 19:25-27

Author: Danny Collier

Catholic husband, father, lawyer

7 thoughts on “Questions For Bible Christians”

  1. Danny, I find your posts to be as helpful, if not more so at times, than reading much of the Catholic literature available to us. Information like these questions fills my heart with renewed joy & strengthens my Catholic convert mind. With so many Protestant churches in our world & the fact that our most “believing” children are adamant supporters of Bible only teachings, I often need to read & reread some of your blog just to stabilize my faith. God bless you for joining our Church & for bringing your reasons for doing so. But, thank you mostly for sharing these reasons with us to help keep our faith in tact❣️

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. I appreciate your encouragement. This subject, in my opinion, is absolutely key for low-church Protestants like I was. The authority question boils down to a simple one, the Church or me.

      The evidence against sola Scriptura, in addition to its absence in the Bible, is a mountain almost 501 years deep. It’s so large now, it is almost invisible (part of the fabric). Denominationalism is just part of the soup. For those who have had enough, but don’t know what to do, they call themselves non-denominational! They have removed a label, but merely added to the soup!

      I seem to have encouraged a whole lot more Catholics than I have converted Protestants. However, it took me till age 49, so I must take the long view! And keep praying the Rosary. Blessings to you.

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    1. Bible-only traditions say, for example, “what we must understand in order to be saved is clear”, relegating all else to “non-essentials”. “All else” essentially becomes whatever they divide over. But if the subject matter is “non-essential”, then it does not justify dividing over, which violates Scripture’s clear injunction for unity.

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      1. Danny,
        Something I came across recently is that whereas Protestants claim their church is “bible based”, we Catholics see the bible as “church based”. I thought that was a very good way to put it, seeing the church councils put together the bible we have today around A.D. 400, and that the new testament writings in particular spring from the church, which also through its councils has given us definitive interpretations by declaring dogmas whenever heresies appeared that distorted the biblical message.

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