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Claim the Bible is unclear and make way for your Infallible organisation

September 6, 2013
  • “For the Scripture is not like other books, dictated by the Holy Ghost, it contains things of deepest importance, which in many instances are very difficult and obscure. To understand and explain such things there is always required the coming of the same Holy Ghost.” (The Great encyclical Letters of Leo XII, p. 227).
  • “We must, therefore, conclude that the Scriptures alone cannot be a sufficient guide and rule of faith…because they are not of themselves clear and intelligible even in matters of the highest importance…” (The Faith of Our Fathers, James Gibbons p. 73).
  • “Is it possible to misunderstand the Bible? Yes, even the Bible itself says so. ‘In these epistles there are certain things difficult to understand, which the unlearned and the unstable distort, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures also, to their own destruction’ (2nd Peter 3:16).” (A Catechism for Adults, p. 10).

Time and again various groups have either claimed the Bible is incomplete, error-ridden or obscure. All these claims make way for them to be the infallible interpreter. In the quotes above, it’s the Roman Catholic Church and its claims to interpret the Bible. But the Mormons and the JWs have the same general approach. All in all they detract from the clarity of Scripture.

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My hope is built on nothing less than Scofield’s notes and reference

December 24, 2010

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Scofield’s notes and reference

I dare not trust this Thompson’s chain

But wholly lean on Scofield’s fame

 

My hope is built on nothing less

Than Scofield’s notes and Moody Press

On Scofield’s notes and reference

 

It taught me to divide the truth

By reading James and chucking Ruth

It lets me chose which laws are right

Which helps me in my daily fight

 

The dangers of relying on others’ interpretation…

the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible

October 3, 2009

for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.

Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price, Joseph Smith-History 1:12

Which is equivalent to saying in a  court trial:  “The witnesses contradict one another, therefore there is no true witness among them.  And what’s more – believe me” (even though they claim to be eye-witnesses and I wasn’t at the scene). It’s what’s known as a non sequitur.

more Mormon quotes

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves

September 16, 2009

All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all: yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

Westminster Confession of Faith, 1646, Chapter 1 – Of the Holy Scripture, 7