If Catholics Knew the Bible They Would NOT Be Catholic



MK: The Bible (Holy Scripture) is replete with warnings against adding to it and taking away from it.

Deuteronomy 4:1-2: “Now, O Israel, listen to the statutes and the judgments which I am teaching you to perform, so that you may live and go in and take possession of the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, is giving you.

2“You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.

BFHU: OK.  You have cited scripture from the OLD TESTAMENT that warns against adding to or taking away from Scripture. Let’s think about that.

The citation is from Deuteronomy.

Deuteronomy is the fifth book of the OT.

And yet another 34 books were added after Deuteronomy!!!

And after that,  Christians added another 27 books called the New Testament.

And then, one thousand years after the canon of the Bible was finalized by Catholic Popes and councils, Martin Luther removed seven books from the Old Testament and seven books from the New Testament that contradicted his personal theology. He later added the New Testament books back in to his translation of the Bible but Protestants today still have an Old Testament that is missing seven books.

Therefore, perhaps something is a little wrong with the way you are interpreting this scripture. No?

Generally what Protestants accuse Catholics of adding  to the Bible is  “Tradition”. But you have not been well taught. Protestants have an oral tradition of teaching their people that Catholics have added the “traditions of men” to the written Word of God. But that is misinformation. Don’t you think it is just a bit arrogant to think that Catholic theologians, priests, bishops, popes, everyone else for 2000 years completely missed those verses about  the “traditions of men”?

Mark 7:8Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men.

Mark 7:9 He was also saying to them, “You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition.

Mark 7:13 invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down;

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.

No. The Catholic Church did not miss those verses. The Catholic Church wholeheartedly agrees with not only these verses but all of Sacred Scripture.

What we call “Tradition” DOES NOT MEAN “traditions of men”. Protestants confuse the issue in order to maintain their grip on a concept with which to beat up the Catholic Church and accuse her  corrupting the Christian Faith.

What we mean by TRADITION with a capital “T” is simply the oral teachings of the APOSTLES OF JESUS CHRIST. What we call Tradition is short for APOSTOLIC TRADITION. This is none other than what JESUS taught His Apostles. Some of His teachings got written down. These we call the Written Tradition or Scripture. The teaching that did not get written down is called Oral Tradition, Tradition, Apostolic Tradition. One thing it is NOT is the mere “traditions of men”. Those were condemned by Jesus and the apostles and we too condemn them.

Here are two Scriptures that clearly support the holding firmly to Oral Traditions/ Oral Teachings.


2 Thessalonians 2:15

15So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.

1 Corinthians 11:2
Now I praise you because you remember me in everything and hold firmly to the traditions, just as I delivered them to you.

So we know that the Thessalonians had the benefit of Oral Tradition, taught by word of mouth. And Paul told them to HOLD TO THEM.

Add to this the fact that the Apostle John clearly tells us in Scripture that all that Jesus did had not been written down because the whole world could not contain the books if they were.  (John 21:25) The evidence for a body of teaching that was oral for a long time is certainly in Scripture. You can interpret these verses in ways that support your biases but unless you maintain infallibility I certainly have the freedom to interpret them to support the Catholic Faith. And the Catholic Church DOES assert infallibility in all Her teachings regarding Faith and Morals.

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2 Responses

  1. Dear BFHU and whoever else may be concerned,

    I must say that virtually all false teachers and perversions of Christianity claim that they have some special knowledge of God’s Word that no one else does. You say that God did not write down all that we need in order to be made complete and thoroughly equipped unto every good work. This claim is contrary to God’s word at 2 Timothy 3: 15-17. You say that they handed down some crucial teachings by strictly oral means, leaving the Scriptures hopelessly inadequate to teach and protect His church. Again, this contradicts 2 Timothy 3: 15-17. However, if that was God’s plan then why did men take it upon themselves to write down the teaching that He determined should not be written? Did He simply forget to write it down in the First Century?

    Men wrote down your traditions because they recognize that to have something written down so that it is objective and so that men may analyze and study it objectively, is necessary to keep men from endless modifications. If men recognize this, don’t you think God knew it first? How could you know that your Pope was in error in any evil thing he may choose to do or command? You can only know when your Pope contradicts the Catholic religion because you can go to your written traditions and catechism to check. If you did not have that, you would not be able to prove that he had gone astray. You would simply have to trust what ever he said.

    God recognized the importance of having His teaching written down before the foundation of the Earth, and determined to write the Scriptures. Christian teaching is written down in the Holy Scriptures inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be COMPLETE, THOROUGHLY equipped unto EVERY good work. If we study the Epistles, we see that the Apostles were very afraid for the individuals in the church, because they knew that erring bishops of the church would draw many after themselves, leading many astray. They warned and exhorted and taught them what they needed to keep them on the correct path in the correct faith by their Epistles. Not once did they ever tell them they ought to follow the Pope or Peter in order to keep from going astray. They didn’t even hint at this. Furthermore, it was an assured prophesy that there would be a great falling away. They most certainly would not leave the most key components of the faith necessary to keep Christians from going astray completely out of their letters. Surely they would teach men to mind the Pope, if there was such a creature, especially since they were so afraid of them falling away.

    Moreover, the Apostles would never contradict themselves, but rather they would earnestly contend for the one Faith, once and for all time delivered to the saints (Jude 3). If even the Apostles attempted to change the faith or contradict their earlier teaching as regards the Faith, Paul says that they are to be accursed (Galatians 1: 6-9). It is against God to compel men to vow an oath of any kind, especially an oath of celibacy for candidates of bishopric since God says that a man must be the husband of one wife in order to qualify for the office of bishop (James 5: 12; Matthew 5: 33-37; 1 Timothy 3: 1-2). It is against God to forbid any man to marry, but especially to forbid one who desires the office of a bishop to marry, since he must be married in order to be a bishop (1 Timothy 3: 1-2; 4: 1-5).

    Furthermore, infant baptism is not efficacious for anything. The New Covenant is not for babies or anyone incapable of understanding. None in the New Testament Covenant needs to be taught to know the Lord, for they already know Him. They must know Him by having Him preached to them, and by their believing and humbling themselves before God, obeying the message delivered, but babies still require teaching. (Jeremiah 31: 31-34; 1 Corinthians 1: 21).

    Therefore, it is a false claim that the Roman Catholic Traditions are the traditions of the Apostles.

    Much more could be said.

    Sincerely,

    Joe

    • “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
      James 1:19-20

      I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs–how he can please the Lord. 1 Corinthians 7:32

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