Friday, May 15, 2009

Bible Myth #33: So Catholics picked the books in the Bible. Once that was done the Bible became the sole authority

By what logic? If the Holy Spirit lead the bishops and popes to determine which books should go in the Bible, which it had to for the New Testament to be correct, then when did the Spirit stop leading the Catholic Church?

Why would the Holy Spirit give the Church the authority to determine the books of the Bible only to revoke that authority, and where is it written that that happened? If you accept that the Catholic Church had the authority to pick those books, then doesn’t it make sense that the Catholic Church has the authority to interpret them as well?

I guess I don’t get how a person can accept the New Testament and not accept the Magisterium that gave it to us.

1 comment:

dave ruiz said...

Dan -you pose two different hypothetical questions: when did the church stop being led by the Spirit and why ? The church has never stopped being led by the Spirit. It is only that "some" have stopped listening. Once you stop listening or obeying you answer the why. Just because you start out fine does not guarantee you will finish well. Oh, I believe in "assurance", but I also believe in the many warnings to hold steadfast and not falter, fall away. Why did the Lord let King Saul falter and go mad , after such a great beginning ? Did he let Moses into the promised land ? And Judas ? What happened to the sons of Eli ? ...... It is a good question though, as to what happened to the church after the bible was "authorized". Indeed if they had stuck more closely to scripture we would not have needed the reformation.....The real myth is that the Roman Catholic Church is responsible for giving us the bible. First, the bible was already generally accepted as to the 27 books before any council (Emperor Constantine made 50 bibles BEFORE any council-he had the 27 books). Secondly, there was no Roman Catholic Church as it exists today back then. You barely had general acceptance of a pope then etc. etc. That "Magisterium" can not compare to todays Roman Magisterium.