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What Is the Authoritative Source of Truth?

Is tradition necessary when we have the Bible?

The New Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary says...

   “Tradition:

The handing down of options, doctrines, practices, rites, and customs from father to son, or from ancestors to posterity by oral communication ... transmitted from age to age by word only, without writing

The Catholic Church declares that the Bible is not the only source through which we can know the Lord's will concerning faith, doctrine, and behavior. According to the Catholic Church, the Holy Spirit has continued to speak to the people through the so-called fathers, the councils and the Popes when they speak ex cathedra.

Tradition is an idea or practice that is based on customs and habits rather than fact or reason, and may become accepted as truth, yet there may be no facts to support it.

The Roman Catholic Church places traditions folk tales) on an equal level with the Holy Bible.

The Roman Catholic Church claims that tradition is equal authority :: the Holy Scriptures, the Bible, and became official church dogma in '. 545 at the Council of Trent.

   The Roman Catholic Church says...

“The apostles left bishops as their successors, handing over their own teaching role to them, (which was the) Sacred Tradition and the Sacred Scriptures of both the Old and the New Testament.

This tradition which comes from the apostles is a growth in the understanding of the words which have been handed down.

“It is not from Sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty, both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of devotion and reverence.

St. Ireneus, Against Heresies,
11, 3, 1. Vatican Council II, Dogmatic Constitution
on Divine Revelation, II, 7, 8, 9, November 18, 1965.

Through Tradition, the Church, in her doctrine, life, and worship perpetuates and transmits al that she herself is, all that she believes...

Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, are bound closely together and communicate one with the other. The Church to whom the interpretation is entrusted, does not derive her certainty about all revealed truths from the Holy Scriptures alone. Both Scripture and Tradition must be accepted and honored with equal sentiments of devotion and reverence.

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Art. 2,
The Transmission of Divine Revelation,
1:78, 79, 11:80,82, 1992.

“Traditions can be retained, modified or even abandoned under the guidance of the Church's Magisterium.”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 83.

“Tradition, Sacred Scripture (the Bible), and that Magisterium of the church are so connected that one of them cannot stand without the other."

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Para-graph 95.

“Punishment includes ex communion (anathema) for those who dissent (disagree) with the truth of the Roman Catholic Church.”

Pope John Paul II, Associated Press, July 1,1998.


(Read Chapter 25 - “What Does it Mean To Be Anathema?”)

Do you believe...

... that on this foundation of dust (tradition) rests the body of the Roman Catholic Church?
 

The Bible says...

“He (Jesus) said to them in reply, ‘And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?’ ”

Jesus, Matthew 15:3

“Jesus told them: ‘You have nullified the Word of God for the sake of your tradition. Hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy about you when he said: This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.' ”

Jesus, Matthew 15:6-9

Do you believe...

... that Jesus included the Roman Catholic Church in Matthew's statements?
 

The Bible says...

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some will turn away from the faith, by paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.”

Paul, 1 Timothy4:l

“Speaking lies in hypocrisy...”

Paul, 7 Timothy 4:2

Do you believe...

... that the apostle Paul's statements to Timothy fit the Roman Catholic Church?
 

The Bible says...

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways...”

2 Peter 2:1-2a

“For the time will come when they (some people) will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lust shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears. And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned into fables.”

Paul, 2 Timothy 4:3-4

“But though we, or an angel, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Paul, Galatians 1:8

Do you believe...

... that the Roman Catholic Church comes under Paul's curse?
 
... that the Roman Catholic Church had fifteen centuries to keep on adding things to the gospel's plan of salvation?
 

The Bible says...

“You shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it.”

Deuteronomy 4:2

“Keep this book of the law on your lips. Recite ¡t by day and by night, that you may observe carefully all that is written in it.”

Joshua 1:8

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.”

Isaiah 8:20

“The Words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. You shalt keep them, O Lord, you shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”

King David, Psalm 12:6-7

“... the Word of our God stands forever.”

Isaiah 40:8b

“... the Word of the Lord remains forever.”

1 Peter 1:25

“... faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”

Paul, Romans 10:17

“I’ve esteemed God's Words more than my necessary food.”

Job 23:12

“Search the scriptures; for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me.”

Jesus, John 5:39

“... if you continue in my Word, then are you my disciples indeed; And you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.”

Jesus, John 8:31b-32

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Paul, 2 Timothy 3:16

“... Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

Psalm 119:105

“... man shall not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Deuteronomy 8:3

“Blessed is the man who meditates upon God's Word.”

Psalm 1:1-2

“Jesus prayed for his disciples: ‘I gave them your Word...’ ”

John 17:14

“Whoever loves me will keep my Word, and my Father will love Him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with Him.”

Jesus, John 14:23

“Whoever does not love me does not keep my Word...”

Jesus, John 4:23a

“... blessed are those who hear the Word of God and observe (keep) it.”

Jesus, Luke 11:28

“You are my friends if you do what I command you.”

Jesus, John 15:14

“The Bible is all that we need to know of God's will! The Bible alone is the Word of God!
“There is no need for any addition to the Bible's message!”

Dr. Billy Graham

Whom do you believe?

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