Thursday, May 1, 2014
Sacred Scripture And The Apostolic Tradition
The Catholic Church follows both Sacred Scripture and the Apostolic Tradition that has been handed down by the Apostles to the Church through the ages. Much of the Old Testament foreshadows the things that are in the New Testament.
It was asked, "Did God give us a book?" The answer to that question would be a "yes." God gave us Sacred Scripture, and the first Sacred Scripture He gave was the Ten Commandments. It was God who wrote the Ten Commandments with fire on stone tablets, which He gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai (See Deuteronomy 9:10). This is a foreshadow of the Holy Bible, and the Catholic Church teaches that God was the author of the Old and New Testament books.
CCC 105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit........
CCC 2056 The word "Decalogue" means literally "ten words" God revealed these "ten words" to his people on the holy mountain. They were written "with the finger of God," unlike the other commandments written by Moses. They are pre-eminently the words of God. They are handed on to us in the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy.......
A person who says that God gave us ONLY the Church and NOT Sacred Scripture is already going against the Church. The Church teaches that Scripture is the inerrant word of God and the first scripture that God gave was the Ten Commandments. Jesus and the Apostles used Sacred Scripture of the Old Testament. The Church follows BOTH Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
God has also given us the Church. In the Old Testament, Moses and the elders were a foreshadow of the Pope and the teaching Magisterium, which brings us to what Jesus said in the New Testament:
Matthew 23:2-3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
This "seat of Moses" which Jesus spoke of has been transferred to the "seat of the Apostle Peter." So, Moses and the elders of the Old Testament was a foreshadow of the Pope and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church while the Ten Commandments written by God with fire on stone tablets was the first sacred scripture.
Most important of all, Christ instructs His disciples to obey the Pharisees because what they teach is correct, and also because they sit in the chair of Moses. They are God's chosen ones. God's chosen ones were not perfect, but Christ tells His disciples to listen to them anyway. In fact, the Holy Bible tells us to obey the bishops.
Hebrews 13:17 Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
In addition, the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us the same thing, so the teachings of the Church is aligned with Sacred Scripture:
CCC 1269 Having become a member of the Church, the person baptized belongs no longer to himself, but to him who died and rose for us. From now on, he is called to be subject to others, to serve them in the communities of the Church, and to "obey and submit" to the Church leaders, holding them in respect and affection. Just as Baptism is the source of responsibilities and duties, the baptized person also enjoys rights within the Church, to receive the sacraments, to be nourished with the Word of God and to be sustained by the other spiritual helps of the Church.
In God's plan of salvation, He puts everyone under authority. Children are placed under the authority of their parents. Deacons and priests are placed under the authority of the bishops. Bishops are placed under the authority of the Pope. Christ, who is God, also submitted Himself to His mother, Mary and God the Father. Why does God allow this hierarchical structure? He allowed it so we can learn obedience and humility. If one cannot obey those whom God sent, how then can one say they obey God?
The Archbishop was sent by God. He may not be the perfect Archbishop as some people in Junglewatch have pointed out.......but then again, neither was the Apostle Peter who denied Christ three times. St. Peter denied Christ three times, and St. Paul was a persecutor of Christians.....but they were still God's chosen ones anyway. We are all sinners, but there are some who throw stones as though they have never sinned.