Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI Held to Scripture Alone!
I want to have some fun with this post. It amazes me how the Reformed Protestants twist and selectively quote the Church Fathers in their attempts to justify Sola Scriptura. Just for the fun of it I thought I would try an experiment. I will quote from Pope Benedict XVI and use the methods that modern Protestants use with the Church Fathers, to prove Pope Benedict XVI believes in Scripture Alone. Just pretend Pope Benedict XVI lived in the year 375 and these are his writings. You will be quite amused at what we can do with selective quotes! Just ignore everything else he wrote and look for everything you can that makes it appear as if he believed in Scripture alone as the sole authority. This is a perfect example of what the "Reformed" apologist does.
I can just imagine the Turretin Fan of the year 3020 (Calling himself James White Fan) using these quotes to defend Protestantism in the distant future. Sitting in his basement with his super computer cutting and pasting quotes at a feverish pace! I mean, who can argue? The Pope is caught red-handed; he wrote “the books of Scripture, firmly, faithfully and without error, teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the sacred Scriptures.” That is good enough for me. How about these other quotes?
"You have gathered once again to study a very important topic: Inspiration and Truth of the Bible. This subject not only concerns theology, but the Church herself, because the life and mission of the Church are necessarily based on the Word of God, which is the soul of theology and at the same time the inspiration of all Christian life.
"Therefore since all that the inspired authors or hagiographers state is to be considered as said by the Holy Spirit, the invisible and transcendent Author, it must consequently be acknowledged that “the books of Scripture, firmly, faithfully and without error, teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the sacred Scriptures”
Pope Benedict XVI addressing the members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission on April 23, 2009
"When exegesis—critical analysis or interpretation—does not appeal to theology or when Scripture is not the soul of theology or theology is not rooted in the Scriptures, then there is a problem with the way sacred writings are being interpreted," Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 14 2008.
"The Church must be constantly renewed and rejuvenated and the Word of God, which never ages and is never depleted, is a privileged means to achieve this goal. Indeed, it is the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit, which always guides us to the whole truth. (cf. John 16:13)" Pope Benedict XVI — On Reading Sacred Scripture Epiphany 2006
There are many more I could quote. But as we can see, this business of going back and pulling a paragraph or sentence from a Church Father writing on the importance of Scripture, and then using that to prove Scripture Alone amounts to nothing more than selective quoting. Or should we now declare that the Pope is really a Scripture Alone heretic? There you have it; the Pope said..."Indeed, it is the Word of God, through the Holy Spirit, which always guides us to the whole truth." That proves it!