Reuben: Mary did not acquire any divinity, just because she gave birth to Jesus.
Bread From Heaven: We totally agree. Mary is only a human person. Anti-Catholic propaganda misinforms many Protestants that we think she is divine and that we worship her. But this is a lie.
Reuben: Catholics need to read the Bible, and let the Holy Spirit guide them to know the truth. In the early days the Catholic Church did not want the common man to read the Bible, so that they could interpret the Bible according to their need.
Bread From Heaven: I find your desire for people to “interpret the Bible according to need” troubling. Are you aware of the condemnation in Scripture of private interpretation?
2 Peter 1:20 First of all, understand this: no prophecy of Scripture is to be interpreted by an individual on his own;
A Catholic who goes to mass every Sunday will hear nearly the whole Bible in three years. And we do read the Bible as well. It is NOT true that the Catholic Church did not want the lay people to read the Bible in the early days of the Church. Once again you have been misinformed. In the early days of the Church:
1) Most people could not read.
-So the priest read the scriptures to the people. Which is still done
even though most people can now read and Bibles are cheap.
2) For the first 400 years of Christian history the Scriptures had not even been canonized so many different letters and gospels were read to the people. They did the best they could with what they could obtain. But some of these early writings were later not canonized. Even after 400 years (for reference the pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock 400 years ago) every local church did not have in their possession every single canonized book of the Bible. There were no printing presses or books as we know them back then. Each book was a “book” in the form of a scroll.
3) Until some time after the invention of the printing press, the Bible, was an extremely costly book. At today’s minimum wages of $8/hr and only counting the time for one monk to write the whole Bible, it would take 10 months at a cost of $16,640!!! But that doesn’t count the second monk who checked every single page for accuracy, which would raise the cost of one Bible in today’s US Dollars to $30,000 + And that still does not include the cost of materials, or for the time for another monk to Illuminate (decorate) the pages and for someone else to bind the pages together and put on a cover. At these prices it is easy to see why every person could not have their own personal Bible for study and devotions. It also becomes clear why Churches chained the Bible in the Church to prevent the theft of this precious possession used every day at every Catholic Mass. All colleges also chained their books in the Library and student had to go there to read them.
4) The idea of the necessity of Scripture alone for personal reading, salvation, and growth in holiness was a very late invention by Martin Luther etc. It could not be an eternal Christian principle because the majority of people, until the last several hundred years could not read. Even today, 20% of the world population cannot read. So, Our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom and mercy would never have made salvation dependent upon personal reading of the Bible, as some Protestant sects seem to teach.
Reuben: Nobody should be following the Church or a preacher blindly. Catholics need to understand that it is not important to view what the Church says or the Pope says; it has to be aligned with the Word of God.
Bread From Heaven: Believe me Catholics do not follow anyone blindly. There is NOTHING in our Faith than contradicts one thing in Scripture. Our faith only contradicts Protestantism and some of their individual interpretations. We follow the teachings of the Catholic Church, our Pope, and our Bishops because we are convinced that Jesus Christ Himself founded our Church on Peter the first Pope and the Apostles, the first priests and bishops. All the Protestant churches were started by men.
For more please see my post–>Why NOT the Bible Alone?
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