It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Is Catholicism Unbiblical?

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: Frequently, some Evangelicals (or "Born-Again Christians") are quick to condemn Catholic Christianity as an "unbiblical" religion, based on the "traditions of men." The accusation is a false one to say the least. Biblical defense of Catholic Christianity is so well documented on the internet, that it's almost unbelievable anyone would still call it "unbiblical." We could even go so far as to say that Catholicism has a better Biblical defense than Evangelicalism.

Evangelicalism (like almost all Protestantism in general) is based on two unBiblical (even anti-Biblical) beliefs. They are Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide...

Sola Scriptura is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all — that is, it is perspicuous and self-interpreting. -- (Wikipedia: Five Solas)

Sola Fide is the teaching that justification (interpreted in Protestant theology as, "being declared right by God", rather than "being made righteous by God") is received by faith only, not good works... -- (Wikipedia: Five Solas)

Let's address the problems with Sola Scriptura first, since it is the very foundation upon which all of Evangelicalism is built. Sola Scriptura, otherwise known as the "Bible Only" doctrine, is both illogical and completely anti-Biblical. Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible say we can only use the Bible Alone. To make matters worse for Evangelicals, the Bible specifically says quite the opposite, referring to Apostolic Tradition and the teaching authority of the Church for it's authentic interpretation and source of Christian doctrine. The issue has been so thoroughly addressed by other sources that I won't bother to go into it here. Simply CLICK HERE to read the Biblical case made against Sola Scriptura.

In addition to Sola Scriptura being unbiblical (even anti-Biblical), it is also illogical. This is because if one follows Sola Scriptura to the letter, it creates what is called a "logic loop," effectively disproving itself. Allow me to illustrate. The Evangelical/Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura mandates that one only use the Bible to authenticate Christian beliefs, and that if a particular belief cannot be found in the Bible, it is not worthy of belief. So now, that being said, as illustrated in the link above to the Biblical case against Sola Scriptura, we can conclude that the belief of Sola Scriptura can nowhere be found in the Bible. In fact, the Bible contradicts it. So therefore, if we follow the mandate of Sola Scriptura, we have no choice but to abandon the belief in Sola Scriptura, because it's not Biblical. Sola Scriptura disproves itself.

Now on to the issue of Sola Fide. Sola Fide is defined as the belief that we are saved by "Faith Alone." However, the phrase "faith alone" only appears once in the entire Bible (James 2:24) where is specifically says we are NOT saved by "faith alone." CLICK HERE to read the details.

It's ironic that a people who would so frequently condemn Catholic Christianity for being "unbiblical" would find their own religious faith built on such an unbiblical (even anti-Biblical) foundation. Maybe people who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.