Why Do Catholics Believe Things That Aren’t in The Bible?

Did you know that nowhere does the Bible itself say that only the Bible is to be believed? Protestants came up with this myth and successfully trick many Catholics into believing something that isn’t true and into leaving the true faith. Let’s see what the Bible does teach:

“…continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim 3:14-17 (RSV)

Scripture highly praises itself (actually, it was the authorities of the Magisterium praising Scripture–as they have continued to do throughouth the centuries). Truly it is good to stay rooted in Scripture. But notice first this passage references not a text, but someone who is a teacher and then it brings up having a text. Further, notice that in the expansion  talking about having such a resource, it doesn’t say “only.” It says “all.”  Scripture can instruct, it can be used profitably, that much we agree upon. But where does this passage declare that a Sacred Tradition, elders with the responsibility of guiding the community and interpreting such texts, is somehow excluded?

Maybe such a passage is elsewhere–what about Jesus’ harsh criticism of such a tradition, maybe that disproves its existence and reliability? Let’s look at a particularly good passage:

“Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice. They bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.  They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,  and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues,  and salutations in the market places, and being called rabbi by men.’ ”  Matthew 23:1-7 (RSV)

The rest of this chapter in Matthew has Jesus issuing seven “woes,” condemnation of the Pharisees, but it is hard to miss that he sets the proper context for his remarks first so no one could mistake him. Up until his death and resurrection, there was no period where Scripture “alone” was preached. There was a Divinely established  authority among God’s people, even if a corrupt one. 

After the Resurrection, Jesus received full authority from the Father and did transfer the responsibility of guiding men and women to salvation from the Pharisees  to the Apostles:

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:18-20 (RSV)

Hmm, again no reference to using the Bible as an all-encompassing textbook. No command even to write such a textbook later. And no instructions for the faithful to abandon such an authority as he was establishing if it too needed reproaches similar to what the Pharisees merited. Too bad the 16th century “reformers” of corruption in the Catholic Church didn’t follow the model of Christ–or his instructions in this passage–they invented new doctrine to deal with the problem instead of behaving like our beloved saints of this same time period who worked with the Magisterium to end the corruption.

How can seemingly good, honest people be fooled into believing the first passage is a categorical exclusion of anything non-scriptural? Perhaps the Bible also has an explanation for this:

“…our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, beware lest you be carried away with the error of lawless men and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:15-18 (RSV)

Ah, now it becomes a bit more clear. So while some accuse Catholics of following mere “human traditions,” according to Jesus’ words in Mark 7:1-23 and Paul’s words in Colossians 2:8, it is they themselves who have distorted the meaning of Scripture with their own “human” (not Divinely revealed) “tradition.”

“But answer the question!” you say? “Is there any Divinely revealed tradition at all, then?” Yes, the Bible itself does affirm this:

“…we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15 (RSV)

So then, there are two authorities among the people of God: Scripture and Tradition. Further, it seems that the matter of believing things that are not in the Bible comes down to asking the question: Who teaches this authentic Tradition, which Scripture itself affirms in this last passage? This new question can be left for another time, but I’ll give you a hint: you should rule out the sources who try to teach you the falsehood I have now identified.

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One Response to Why Do Catholics Believe Things That Aren’t in The Bible?

  1. Shaneref says:

    I am an Asian American woman in her late 20’s dating an Iranian Canadian from Toronto who now lives in the us what I should expect if it gets more serious

    Where can you find statistics that show what race of man an American or foreign born Asian woman would like or more likely marry rather than an Asian man?

    understand. NIf the 2 of you are mature human beings with your own careers and have a very healthy outlook towards life and relationhips in general then there is no need to go statistics hunting. m.

    NAnd in a third situation wherein you are a student and who is doing some kind of research about them then well,I am sure that with internet you could have many sources to get your answer from. getting married doesnt mean that you don’t have friends anymore,It suggests that you add another to your already tight circle. Its up to you you might want to tell her that you are in love with her but I don’t think you will like the answer. If by now she hasn’t expressed the same for you I would say she is in love with the person she is going to marry. Im not saying she doesnt love you but just not your unique interest in want her too. empathetic. fortune and move on. Something Better Your friend has moved on now might too. for anybody who is young and not in school, head off. It’s a place that will provide you with with others that you can develop your own relationship with. If you already are in school then relax and be open. ( Full option )

    Should a woman ask a man for a romantic relationship?

    It has been my experience that most men like to be in control of a relationship. They tend to sense danger or pressured when the woman tries to take charge. Most men who are ready for a serious relationship will have no problem making their intentions clear.

    more significant, It is often better to hang about until he is ready to commit, because if he’s pressured into half hearted promises, you’ll see many hurt feelings later. and furthermore, Sometimes pressure can make a relationship that could have possibly grown into something greater with time, Wither and die the idea was handled hastily.

    If you are unwilling to be patient and wait for the man to “plainly, And he seems unwilling to commit anytime in the future, Then every thing has become is probably doomed anyway. ( Full resolve )

    why are you getting Iranian citizenship if you marry an Iranian man?

    as it’s a written law in Iranian Constitution. Any foreign woman hitched to a man who is an Iranian citizen, Will on autopilot receive Iranian citizenship whether you want it or not. They not nesessary to renounce their foreign nationality. then apply for an Iranian certificate of identity, A domestic ID card and an Iranian passport. ( Full answer )

    What should you expect when dating a narcissist?

    HELL on earth! Run like hell and don’t look back! the latest: Narcissists think only of their business. if one is dating you, He’s looking to use you: For intimate, power, To make him look great, Or for another kind of reason or reasons. Depending on his particular display, He may be really tough to shake. challenging say. regardless, The first answerer above is completely right and there are no exceptions, So don’t try to convince yourself that your position is different. ( Full manage )

    assume a Canadian woman gets married in Nigeria to a man there and they want to live in Canada together what should they do?

    a even if it not necessary is to get your marriage license validated, that is a seal (stamp) about Canadian Embassy/Consulate in Nigeria. Check The Canadian immigration law china girl photos websites. ( Full understand )

    What should you do when I am an Asian man and are only sexually attracted to black women and I am dating a black woman but if my parents knew they would disown me?

    If you are living in an Asian country then you certainly know your own culture well and that sons in Asian families are highly regarded; Should be well educated and successful if possible and marry of their own race. as well, Asians do not think kindly of black people no matter how nice they are. You said you are just dating black along with not once mentioned love. not a single thing wrong with anyone dating a black woman especially if they are no longer a minor and not under the control of their parents. nevertheless, you’ve got to be more honest with yourself and ask yourself why you feel the need to always date black women and why you don’t date Asian women or even Caucasian women. Are you riding on the myth that black women are more sexual than other races or there is some other reason. You have two choices whether you are Westernized; Be sure you love a black woman before hurting your parents and if you are in love then take the risk and tell them you love her and hopefully they will agree to meet with her and if they do not then you should walk away from your parents and hope they come around in the future or, 2 get some new habits and start dating Asian women. wonderful,it was far more acceptable now regarding mixed marriages. There is nothing your folks can do now that you are a man, But disown anyone. ( Full solve )

    Why did americans become interested in foreign affairs in the late 1800’s?

    Because America was needs to assert itself as a global power (Mainly due to outlay in battleships). The initial incident during that time was The USS Maine exploding in Cuba, Which resulted in spanish american war (In part due to yellow journalism that stoked public fear). This resulted in America now being acknowledged as a rising global superpower, At a time when the eu empires were fizzling out. ( Full resolve )

    What speed is required for a spaceship should you wish to see 1000 years from now but you are only expected to live 100 more years?

    The way you phrased this question makes it difficult in order to. if you happen to go faster than light, Which is as we know unfeasible, Einsteins laws tell us that goes by slower throughout the space ship. Research the twin brothers paradox examine. ( Full respond to )

    Who has more guts an Asian or as a famous?

    this will depend on the context. frequently, Americans might have slightly larger or longer intestines, Since they are sometimes a little larger overall. If you mean in relation to bravery and spirit, Then everybody can show courage when the need arises. Race has nothing to do with this. They were sent on missions where they were to be able to die, And many of them, When split into that position, Will do should be done to make their death count for something. Any soldier pumped with plenty of patriotism will fight hard for their country. they should believe in their cause, even if the beliefs are in error, Or they don’t really fight for it. you’ve got to really believe in a cause or nation to be willing to fight and even die for it. In some methods, People in places with lower standards of living will seem more bold, simply because they have less to lose in life. So when a state of affairs comes where they may risk their lives to help others, they support less to hold them back. Someone who is successful and has a family to will typically put their family before anyone else’s. So they would be less likely to take risks that would deprive their families of themselves. in any event, It isn’t about another person’s race, But about how these were raised, The exact unforeseen events they are in, And what they hold as valuable in life. Lifeis too short. Robert Charles Wilson is considered to be quitegood, of course. And may met him, Socially. ( Full best solution ).

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