Gospel Reflection for Ascension Thursday
You can also point out to your friend that regarding Sacred Scripture she is also wrong regarding Christian worship on Sundays--the first day of the week.
Acts of the Apostles 20:7 On the first day of the week when we gathered to break bread, Paul spoke to them because he was going to leave on the next day, and he kept on speaking until midnight.
1 Corinthians 16:2 On the first day of the week each of you should set aside and save whatever he can afford, so that collections will not be going on when I come.
I’m of the theological & Scriptural opinion that regarding Sacred Scripture all Catholic Doctrine exists implicit & materially there.
Wow. I've not read a text dispelling “sola scriptura” quite so convincingly before. I've not followed that way myself for reason's I'm not entirely sure of. Only that I've just never felt right in that view, although I am still a protestant. A very thought provoking read this morning. Praise God for that.
I'm going to be so bold as to ask for a "Catholic perspective," or at least your perspective, on my most recent essay. I've not thought to run it by a non-protestant for some reason until now but I'd love to get feedback from a more traditional Christian view. If you have the time, I would very much appreciate you taking a look.
Vatican II’s Dei Verbum 21 says: "Therefore, like the Christian religion itself, all the preaching of the Church must be nourished and regulated by Sacred Scripture.” The Church recognizes that there is nothing out there that is more authoritative than Scripture for teaching doctrine.
The entire Catholic Church in the fourth century compiled Scripture as the basis for future teaching. Anything else that Christ taught His apostles and disciples is not recorded, so how would anyone know what else He taught them.
The New Testament was written post-Pentecost. This is why it contains teachings, especially in the epistles, that were only alluded to by Christ, but that the Holy Spirit would eventually provide clarification for His apostles and disciples after Pentecost. When there was no longer anyone alive that was initially taught by Christ Himself, there was no longer anyone left that could have what Christ taught to them clarified by the Holy Spirit.
Paul was directly taught by Christ after Pentecost, but he consulted with those in Jerusalem to ensure that his teachings were in line with those of the apostles who had walked with Christ.
The best that we can do today is to use our supernatural discernment, if we have it, to better understand what was taught 2000 years ago. If we don’t have it, we will probably be confused.
By the way, I think that the earliest Jewish Christians gathered on Sunday because they were observing the Jewish Sabbath on Saturday.