11. Catholics believe a lot of things that are not explicitly stated in the Bible.  A Christian should not be asked to do this. 

Some Christians say that God speaks to us through the Bible alone, so what one has to do is to read the Bible which becomes all important.  The Catholic position is different.  Is it that God’s word comes to us through the Bible and the Church.

Jesus Christ came on earth and preached his message.  Before he left this world he told the Church in the person of the apostles to go out and preach and that he would be with them to guide and direct them. (Matt.  28:19 – 20).  Jesus Christ did not write and book himself nor did he tell the apostles to write one.  Indeed the New Testament did not reach the form in which we have it until the Council of Carthage in the year 397 A.D., about 350 years after the death of Christ.  Therefore for the first 400 years the rule of faith was not the full New Testament as we have it, which did not exist then, but the teaching authority of the Church which did exist.

The Bible does not state anywhere that it is the only source of Divine Truth. Indeed it says the contrary, Paul mentions tradition being passed on in word and in writing.  2 Thess. 2:14 and at the end of the gospel John says: ‘There are many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written down, the world itself, I think would not be able to contain the books that should be written’ (John 21:25).

For the Catholic, it is never the Bible alone, it is the Bible and the Church.  What God has joined together we should not put asunder an attitude of “I will not accept, unless you can show it to me in the Bible.”

 

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