I’m not going to bother right now with Roman apologists. And I’m sure well-meaning Catholics will advise me I need to go talk to so-and-so. I may get there, we’ll see. As you can see, I’m busy. I write a lot, but writing takes time, and I have a great number of responsibilities as well.
Instead, I’m going to take things right from the Magisterium, the writings of the RCC.
After all, the RCC insists that no person should interpret the Holy Bible apart from the Magisterium. So I will begin by quoting from the magisterium!
Speaking of the Magisterium, what exactly is it?
The Magisterium is the writings of the RCC, the opinions of Pontiffs, Cardinals, and Bishops. The average Father or Brother does not get to contribute to these writings. This work is reserved for councils, who are permitted to write and study during the time of the council.
It should be noted that the Bible is actually a banned book. The Holy Bible is not permitted to be studied.
“Wait a minute! The RCC permits the selling of approved translations of the Bible!”
Unless I am greatly mistaken, the ban upon owning or reading the Bible was never officially lifted. Its tolerated, but not permitted according to RCC Canon law.
I draw your attention back to the phrase “approved”. The RCC requires an Imprimatur, a seal from the RCC that shows it meets with official RCC teachings.
I now ask a very pointed question, and think about this question very seriously:
Why does the RCC need to issue an approval upon the Bible?
Roman Catholic Apologists need to STOP, and seriously think about this question for a few minutes.
This means the RCC reserves for itself the right to judge if God’s inspired and preserved Holy Word may or not be read. This puts the RCC in the place of God.
David Cloud writes:
The Council of Toulouse used these words: “We prohibit the permission of the books of the Old and New Testament to laymen, except perhaps they might desire to have the Psalter, or some Breviary for the divine service, or the Hours of the blessed Virgin Mary, for devotion; expressly forbidding their having the other parts of the Bible translated into the vulgar tongue” (Allix, Ecclesiastical History, II, p. 213).
This of course, means that the RCC literally, for 1700 years, has denied Catholics the very thing they need to be saved – the word of God!
“I don’t need to be saved – I’m Catholic! I’m automatically going to heaven.” — Anonymous Catholic woman, in response to a witnessing attempt.
I’ll return to the subject of salvation soon – this requires a complete blog post on this subject alone.
The Council of Trent is the most authoritative RCC council on doctrine. Vatican I and II both upheld Trent as authoritative, and the RCC has never repealed this document. The new catechism teaches things that are stated in Trent.
But if any one receive not, as sacred and canonical, the said books entire with all their parts, as they have been used to be read in the Catholic Church, and as they are contained in the old Latin vulgate edition; and knowingly and deliberately contemn the traditions aforesaid; let him be anathema. (Council of Trent, Session IV, page 19, emphasis mine)
Notice it says the Old Vulgate Edition. This means the RCC places higher authority upon Jerome’s rendition of the Bible into old Latin – and places NO authority over the original family of Greek and Hebrew manuscripts! And they pronounce a curse of damnation in eternal Hellfire (an act that only the Lord Jesus Christ may do, and not any church) over anyone who does not agree.
This means technically, that Rome did not technically get their “authoritative Bible” until Jerome wrote the Vulgate.
Furthermore, in order to restrain petulant spirits, It decrees, that no one, relying on his own skill, shall,–in matters of faith, and of morals pertaining to the edification of Christian doctrine, —wresting the sacred Scripture to his own senses, presume to interpret the said sacred Scripture contrary to that sense which holy mother Church,–whose it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the holy Scriptures,–hath held and doth hold; [Page 20] or even contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers; even though such interpretations were never (intended) to be at any time published. Contraveners shall be made known by their Ordinaries, and be punished with the penalties by law established. (Council of Trent, Session IV, page 19-20, emphasis mine)
However, the Catholic should know that he (or she) and I are told by the Bible that indeed, we DO have an unction to know, interpret, and understand the Bible.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 1 John 2:20
So, the RCC says one thing – and the Bible another. As we go along, you’ll see this is the norm, not the exception. It is my contention that by the time I am done with my examination of this, you’ll be in agreement on this subject – not only is Catholicism different from Christianity, it almost seems to be an Anti-Christianity! I can come to no other conclusion when they always say something other than what the Bible teaches, or even the direct opposite!
Concerning the Scriptures, the RCC claims it alone may interpret the Scriptures, and that It decrees, that no one, relying on his own skill, shall,–in matters of faith, and of morals pertaining to the edification of Christian doctrine, –wresting the sacred Scripture to his own senses. However, the Bible says…
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:20-21
Marion H. Reynolds, Jr. writes…
“First, Roman Catholicism, although teaching that the Bible is the Word of God, adds the spurious apocryphal books to the Scriptures, and also elevates church tradition and the edicts of popes and councils (the words of men), to the same or an even greater level of authority than the Word of God. This amounts to adding to the Word of God, thereby placing Roman Catholicism under God’s curse. Deut. 4:2; Rev. 22:18,19.” (Truth About Roman Cathollicism, Fundamental Evangelical Association)
I am not attacking Catholics. But I’m telling you that you were born into (or converted into) an apostate Anti-Christian religion (or converted into it). We have only barely begun examining it, and already we are discovering that Catholicism is not Christianity, despite what Charles Colson, Rick Warren, Louis Palau, Billy Graham, Franklin Graham, Al Mohler, Billy Sunday, Jack Van Impe, John R. Rice, and countless others who’ve been deluded by its claims.
In two or three days, you’ll be convinced, if you are not convinced already.