|TRUTH AND AUTHORITY? By Steve Finnell|
Where should Christians look for God's authoritative truth? Should it be the Bible? Should it be the church of your choice or the church you belong to by chance?
|The Bible was completed in 95 A.D. when the apostle John wrote Revelation. Who wrote the Bible? Was it God or was it the church?|
|John 14:24-26 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father's who sent me. (THE WORDS JESUS SPOKE WERE FROM GOD THE FATHER) 25 "These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the I said to you.|
Some of our Protestant challengers will even give us that St. Peter and the Apostles were given infallible authority - but that this authority died with them. If that is true, then they did not fulfill Jesus' prophecy that even has He was sent, He too sent them. At least part of what Jesus was sent to do was to choose the Apostles/Bishops so that when He left them, there would be someone left to govern His People, the Church. So, when Jesus empowers our first bishops - they too are expected to likewise empower successive bishops. It is in that succession of bishops, united to the Chair of Peter, that we find the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. ANYTHING ELSE is merely a schism from that One, True Church.
|The words of Jesus were from God the Father and He said that The Father would send the apostles the Holy Spirit so they could remember all that He said. The words of the apostles were God's word, their words were Scripture, their words were the Bible.|
...that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.That's it! While we do not discard the rest of the document, it is important to be aware and consider only that sentence to be what was defined infallibly.
|In, John 14:24-26, Jesus was not talking to the Pope, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Billy Graham, Joesph Smith Jr, Mary Baker Eddy, cardinals, bishops, elders, so-called modern day apostles, preachers, pastors, nor any one claiming to speak for God. If the church or theses men as individuals, were speaking for God by new revelation, then, we would have added books to the Bible. There would the books of the Popes, the book of John Calvin, the book of Billy Graham, the books of elders, the books of churches, the book of Joesph Smith Jr. etc.|
|THE BIBLE IS THE AUTHORITY IN THE CHURCH.
THE CHURCH HAS NOT BEEN GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO CHANGE OR OVERRULE THE AUTHORITY OF THE BIBLE. THE CHURCH CANNOT ADD TO OR TAKE AWAY FROM SCRIPTURE!
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And again, I honestly ask Mr. Finnell, or any non-Catholic reading along, to tell us how the Bible came to be the books we have as a Bible today? Why are the Epistles of Pope St. Clement included in nearly all the early canons, yet not part of the final canon? Why are the epistles of Sts. Peter and James not included in some of the early canons, but are part of the final canon? Upon what basis do non-Catholics even consider that which is Scripture to be Scripture? Unless they concede that it was God through the Catholic Church, they truly have no answer to this.
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