The One Catholic Church Tradition that Protestants Never Abandoned

Conservative Protestants are proud of the fact that they have purified Christianity by stripping their doctrine and churches of Catholic traditions—beliefs and practices based on human tradition, not on anything stated in the Bible.

But Protestants did not abandon all Catholic traditions. Protestants still celebrate Christmas, the mass of Christ, every December 25th, even though no Christian scholar on the planet believes that Jesus was born on this date, nor even in that month. But there is an even bigger Catholic tradition to which conservative Protestants tenaciously cling: the divine inspiration of the New Testament canon.

Did Jesus leave a list of inspired New Testament texts? No. Did the Twelve leave a list of inspired New Testament texts? No. So who decided which books written after the death of Jesus to include in “God’s Word” and which books to exclude? Answer: Catholic bishops!

Protestant apologists will try to wiggle out of this dilemma by claiming that the majority of the New Testament canon was approved by most if not all Christian churches by the beginning of the second century, before the Church had become “Catholic”. Does this answer help their cause? No. Even if 100% of Christian churches by the beginning of the second century considered the Gospels, Acts, and Paul’s epistles divine, does that mean that people today can be certain that these books really are the divinely inspired Words of God the Creator?? No. Absolutely not.

Neither the Creator, Jesus, nor his disciples told us one word about a new testament that would be added to the Holy Jewish Scriptures. So good Jews should reject Paul’s New Testament just as strongly as they reject Mohammad’s new testament and Joseph Smith’s new testament.

If you worship the god of the Jews, Yahweh, stick with the original Word of God (the Tanakh). Don’t be fooled by anyone claiming to have a “new” testament.

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5 thoughts on “The One Catholic Church Tradition that Protestants Never Abandoned

  1. It’s also interesting that the big early -but -later church councils such as Nicea and Chalcedon in the late Roman Empire are never criticized by most Protestants., even though the guys who won at these councils were pretty far away from Protestants in some views. I suppose despite that they were giving Jesus an upgrade so Protestants are not going to disparage them. No one wants to see their messiah moved down the divinity rating.

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  2. An inspired NT also requires the view of an inspired Greek Septuagint, since many NT quotes come from it rather than the Hebrew text. Isaiah 7:14, the virgin birth verse for example. Virgin in Greek Septuagint, but just young woman in Hebrew. I’ve read Ehrman giving other examples as well on his blog.

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  3. It is true that Protestant churches are basically Catholics in disguise, not realizing that much of what they practice originates from the Catholic Church and not from Scripture. They’ve elevated tradition over God’s commands. I am also saddened from the fact that when people see and hear “New” Testament and “Old” Testament, they think the old is not for them and God somehow started something new even though He clearly states He doesn’t change.

    But I am in disagreement that the actual books in the NT (without the “new” label) should be excluded from our Bibles. God has shown throughout history that He can work within someone’s fleshly desires and arrive at His desired goal. The beautiful thing, in my mind, is that, yes a “Church” chose those books and maybe when they chose them they did want a different path than that of their Jewish brothers. But, and this is a very important BUT, the NT only confirms what the OT says! Contrary to what mainstream Christianity says, it does not negate anything written in the OT, only confirms it. So if the “Church” chose the books thinking they would help in their defense of turning from Judaism, they were sorely ignorant in understanding of what the NT Scriptures really said. Based on Scripture alone, Christianity should be nothing more than a sect of Judaism.

    On top of that, if we go down this road, where does it stop? If you understand history, men also chose the Prophets and Writings that were added to the OT. Do we then turn to excluding them? We are left with only Torah, which wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, but the clarification given to us in both the OT and NT would be sorely missed!

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