How to Answer Protestants Forum: the bible
the bible QUESTION from Richard Foster on April 29, 2002 If our church paid more attention to the bible and less to all the man made books that are talked about on this site, we would not be in so much trouble. I fear you guys are the ones who are really lost.
ANSWER by Mr. Troy Martz on June 23, 2002 Dear Mr. Foster:
I am not exactly sure what prompted your statements. I take it from your last statement that you are not a Catholic (at least not practicing). If you were an participated in Mass regularly, you would know that Catholics are soaked in Scripture from the beginning to the end of Mass. Over the course of the three year liturgical cycle, Catholics hear nearly the entire Bible proclaimed in Mass -- including many of the books that are unheard by many Protestants for many years.
Also, I believe that if you review my responses (in both this and the Pro-Life Forum) you will find that I quote and reverence Scripture more than any other source, probably more than all of the other sources combined.
That being said, none of us can truly get enough of the Bible. The treasures in the Sacred Scriptures are more vast than any of us can gather this side of Heaven. I suggest that we all should read all of Scripture, including those passages where Jesus gave His authority to the Apostles (Matthew 28:18-20; John 20:23; John 14:26) who passed it one to their followers (Acts 1:20-26; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 2:2; Titus 1:5). As St. Paul tells St Timothy:
Although I hope to visit you soon, I am writing abouth these matters so that if I should be delayed you will know what kind of conduct befits a member of God's household, the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of truth.
So you see, my Church -- the Universal (that is Catholic) Church united with the Successor of Peter, has stood as this pillar and bulwark of truth since the time of the Apostles and will continue until Christ comes again in Glory. Any problems along the way arise from evil in the hearts of individuals who fail to follow the Church. Though these scandals seem to destroy the credibility of the Church, someone well versed in Scripture knows that Jesus told us there would be weeds in the wheat (see Matthew 13:24-30 and 47-50). If your church has never had its share of weeds, I would question whether it is really part of the kingdom of God.
I will pray that you find the true peace that only Christ can give.
Pax Christi, Troy
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