QUOTE//As a Jewish convert to Christ via evangelical Protestantism, I naturally wanted to know God better through the reading of the Scriptures.
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (2
That's the good news!
The bad news is that often I would decide for myself what the Scriptures meant.
For example, I became so enthusiastic about knowing Jesus as my close and personal friend that I thought my own awareness of Him was all I needed.
So I would mark verses about Jesus with my yellow highlighter, but pass over passages concerning God the Father, or the Church, or baptism.
I saw the Bible as a heavenly instruction manual.
I didn't think I needed the Church, except as a good place to make friends or to leans more about the Bible so I could be a better do-it-yourself
A STRUGGLE FOR UNDERSTANDING
It was not long after my conversion to Christianity that I found myself getting swept up in the tide of religious sectarianism, in which Christians
would part ways over one issue after another.
It seemed, for instance, that there were as many opinions on the Second Coming as there were people in the discussion.
So we'd all appeal to the Scriptures. "I believe in the Bible. If it's not in the Bible I don't believe it," became my war cry. What I did not
realize was that everyone else was saying the same thing!
My spiritual life wasn't working. Clearly, my privately held beliefs in the Bible and what it taught were leading me away from love and community
with my fellow Christians, and therefore away from Christ.
As Saint John the Evangelist wrote, "He who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?" (1 John
This division and hostility were not what had drawn me to Christ. And I knew the answer was not to deny the Faith or reject the Scriptures. Something
had to change. Maybe it was me.
I turned to a study of the history of the Church and the New Testament, hoping to shed some light on what my attitude toward the Church and the Bible
The results were not at all what I expected. ///continued///
THE BIBLE OF THE APOSTLES
My initial attitude was that whatever was good enough for the Apostles would be good enough for me.
This is where I got my first surprise. As I mentioned previously, I knew that the Apostle Paul regarded Scripture as being inspired by God (2 Timothy
3:16). But I had always assumed that the "Scripture" spoken of in this passage was the whole Bible-both the Old and New Testaments.
In reality, there was no "New Testament" when this statement was made. Even the Old Testament was still in the process of formulation, for the Jews
did not decide upon a definitive list or canon of Old Testament books until after the rise of Christianity.///continued////
This is one man's discovery to the One Holy Catholic(universal) Apostolic Church.....
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