A Confession about the Islam Blog Below
Ok, Ok, So I confess about a little fib I told on my blog post regarding the Understanding of Islam from the Koran the other day. Turns out that the quote from Islamic apologist (Jaimete Wahabbi) was really a quote from Dr. James White, well known anti-Catholic Calvinist apologist. I just simply exchanged the words mosque for church and Koran for Bible and left the rest of the statement intact. Jaimete doesn’t exist except in my mind.
The actual quote was Dr. White’s definition of Sola Scriptura posted to my blog by a commenter trying to defend his particular interpretation of Sola Scriptura. I posted it as an object lesson to show the logic, or lack thereof, of using the Bible to authenticate itself. When you read the statement as if it was written about the Koran, I am sure most readers didn’t agree and accept that it was God’s word just because it says it. But when you read the original statement as if it was about the Bible, people don’t hesitate to say ‘Yeah the bible says it’s God’s word so it is.” The honest truth is that we all accept the Bible as God’s Word because a church 1700 years ago said it was. Whether we admit it or not it has become a permanent and not necessarily conscious part of a believer’s perspective regarding the Bible
In no way is my point to demean Scripture, for Catholics are the ones who originally told the world which Scriptures should be considered inerrant and infallible. I think one of my commenters got the mistaken impression that Catholics don’t read or respect Scripture. Let’s see what the Catechism says about Scripture. The Catechism is not the Word of God but is a reliable source of Catholic teaching and doctrine and pretty much everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask…We don’t venerate the Catechism, but use it to gain knowledge about our Catholic faith and to deepen our relationship with our Savior.
"And such is the force and power of the Word of God that it can serve the Church as her support and vigor, and the children of the Church as strength for their faith, food for the soul, and a pure and lasting fount of spiritual life."109 Hence "access to Sacred Scripture ought to be open wide to the Christian faithful."110
"Therefore, the study of the sacred page should be the very soul of sacred theology. The ministry of the Word, too - pastoral preaching, catechetics and all forms of Christian instruction, among which the liturgical homily should hold pride of place - is healthily nourished and thrives in holiness through the Word of Scripture."111
The Church "forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful. . . to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ, by frequent reading of the divine Scriptures. Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.112 (
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