Sometimes I get Protestants who challenge me on Twitter because – you’d never guess a priest would do this – I say something Catholic. Usually, it seems like it revolves around a few issues: where’s that in the Bible (Sola Scriptura), the Eucharist isn’t the Body and Blood of Christ (just symbolic), we shouldn’t honor Mary (she’s a sinner), or we don’t need Baptism or anything other works (Sola Fide).
Some I think are simply trolling. Often they’ll quote a stack of verses that they think are in their favor. However, these verses still need interpretation (even putting them in that order is an interpretation). Unfortunately most Evangelicals or “Bible Christians” fail to see this obvious reality that they themselves are interpreting the Bible in their tradition not just reading it.
I have a simple challenge to all 4 claims. Protestants, if you want to question me on Twitter, please do one of the following 2 things:
- Show me a single Christian alive before 1000 AD who believed:
- Everything is directly and literally in the Bible (not just that every dogma is at least implied in the Bible which I would agree with), or
- The Eucharist was merely symbolic or not necessary, or
- Mary was a sinner and nobody should pray to her, or
- Salvation is by faith alone so neither Baptism nor Christian moral behavior is needed.
- Explain to me how Jesus died for everybody’s sins in about 33 AD but it was over 1000 years before anybody understood what he wanted. Explain why the Holy Spirit, in his providence, decided to wait over 1000 years before revealing to anyone the right way to understand the Bible.
If you don’t do these things, I’ll continue “just read” the Bible as Christians have done for 2000 years – the Catholic way!
I know this post will probably be trolled but I think it might be a good discussion.