Bread From Heaven: If you are able to believe it is possible to sit down, 2000 years after the birth of Jesus, and read scripture and interpret it infallibly all by yourself, disregarding what Christians believed in the years immediately following the death of the apostles, you have more faith than I do. But, by what authority do you claim infallibility? Or does Luther claim infallibility to determine how scripture should be interpreted? Or Calvin? Or any of the Protestant sects?*******
Q. What is more important? What Christians believed after the death of the apostles or what the apostles taught?
A. What the Apostles taught of course. But, what Christians believed shortly after the death of the apostles has more credibility than all the contradictory beliefs of Christians today, 2000 years later.
Q. I absolutely without doubt believe that I am able to sit down and interpret scripture all by myself.
A. Do you believe your interpretation is infallible? But, Scripture itself proclaims that scripture is NOT a matter of private interpretation. II Peter 1:20
Q. Is the Spirit unable to work through us?
A. Of Course.
Q. I may not understand all of what I read, but I believe that as my life changes and I grow that those things will be revealed to me. God provides us with his Holy Spirit.
A. I agree. The Catholic Church affirms this and even has beautiful prayers directed to the Holy Spirit, Veni Creator Spiritu,
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in us the fire of YOUR love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created, and You shall renew the face of the earth. Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, Grant, that by the same Spirit we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. AMEN
Q. Where does the Bible say that scripture is only understandable by a man made hierarchy of men who are fallible?
A. The Catholic Church does not say that. Every three years most of the Holy Scriptures are read to us at Sunday mass. Now why would the Church do that if laymen were not able to understand scripture? What we do not teach or believe is that every person who reads scripture is able to accurately perceive correct doctrine based on scripture alone.The Bible is a collection of books or various types and purposes. It is not a book of systematic theology.
The Church Hierarchy (Holy Order) is not man made. It was instituted by the Christ and His Apostles. Jesus chose Peter to be the Christ’s representative and authority in His Church in His absence. The Pope. The other disciples were the first bishops,/overseers instructed to ordain other bishops. And Priests/Elders are mentioned also. And in Acts 6 the Apostles institute the office of Deacon. (Deacons) So, there you have the Holy Orders of the Catholic Church instituted or spoken about (because already instituted) in Scripture.
Note: In most Protestant Bibles the Greek word presbuterous is translated as “elder”which is a literal translation. But it disguises the fact that this Greek word is etymologically the root of the English word for Priest. Also, the Greek word episkopoi is translated “overseer” rather than bishop, except King James. Again, “overseer” is the literal translation but it also disguises the fact that this word “episkopoi” is the root for the English word for Bishop.