Arrogance Or Ignorance?

After sharing with a Methodist about Roman Catholicism when we were together in Tokyo, he had this to tell me, “We follow the Bible.”

God bless you, my brother in Christ. I pray that you are reading from the right Bible.

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4 thoughts on “Arrogance Or Ignorance?”

  1. I agree.

    Though I’m blessed that I have non-Catholic friends who don’t shove that in my face. ^_^

    I have many non-Roman Catholic friends who do not do that too.

  2. Hmm… I am getting curious. If the Methodist follow the Bible, then what the heck did the Roman Catholics and countless other Protestans follow ? I tot the Bible is what all Christian follow be it Roman Catholic, Methodist, AoGs and others… right? Hmm… either I am blur or that guy is simply blunt

    There are many versions of the Holy Bible but the point here is is there really a need to blow out another’s candle to make yours burn brighter?

  3. e protestants have e apocrypha scriptures omitted from their bibles. i did a comparison by getting both bibles n read them. i asked e methodist pastor why? he said those books & chapters r omitted becoz they r considered 2 have not enuf faith 2 b included. i am not happy with e answer n until 2day, still finding a more satisfying answer. i know about e two biggest break in human history, e 1st creating e eastern orthodox, e 2nd e protestants. wun go into details.

    i was born in a methodist town, yes almost 90% methodist. there r anglican n rc. so i know dat they alwiz commented dat e rc spent too much time on traditions n cultures but minimal emphasis on e bible with sermons. probably tis explains why ur fren answers u like dat. yes, it is rather rude n u know e eternal debate about mary’s importance. now, e da vinci code challenges e accuracy of e bible. we live in a veli confusing world indeed but all of us wan 2 know e ultimate truth, including me. if onli i can access all e original scrolls n i am extremely interested in e contents of e dead sea scrolls.

    At the end of the day, we are all going to go back to be judged by Him. So does it matter? Peace be with you brother.

  4. I agree with much of the responses given by most of our Christian friends who love Peter as a brother in Christ despite the differences we may have. I must say however, that much of the answers regarding which is the true Bible is inaccurate. Allow me to correct it.

    At first, allow me to say that all Bibles are in nature, same. What makes it different from each other is the translations, and the vocabulary/grammar used in the translations. From then on, reading the Bible contextually will lead to differing understandings. That is what is meant by “different”. Nonetheless, all Bibles contain the same core books and its texts, still mean the same.

    Catholic Bibles have extra books than Protestants. It does not pose a problem as the core books are there for both books. Besides, the extra books, known as the “Apocrypha” or “Deuterocanonicals (secondary canon)” are barely used as they are the “missing link” between the Old and New Testaments from a chronological perspective.

    From what was taught, the Deuterocanonicals were also added in the definitive Canon of the Bible when it was compiled in the 4th century. These 73 books were the Bible until the Reformation era, where Martin Luther rejected and threw out all the extra books of the Bible, including the New Testament Epistle of James, which contradicted his teaching of “faith alone saves”. This was where the Protestants got the idea that the extra Books were not divinely – inspired. However, despite that, the Apocrypha is still included in some Protestant Bibles, especially Anglican pulpit Bibles. They believe that the lessons in the Apocrypha are meant to be “lessons in life” but not for the “establishment of doctrine”.*

    *Catholics use the book of Machabees to justify the doctrine of Purgatory.

    Despite all thats been said, it doesn’t matter who is right or wrong. Follow Jesus Christ and we will never go wrong. Kyrie Eleison!

    Instead of going out to serve, we are quarelling oer the petty things like who is doing it right and who is not. Sad isn’t it?

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