Friday, November 30, 2007

Against the trivialization of error

There is a school of thought, not confined just to protestantism, which holds that it if faith in Jesus that is important and dogmatic adherance to a creed is not. Setting aside for a moment the contradiction between being saved by a faith in which the contents of said faith don't matter, what has Scripture to say?

And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation, as our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, also wrote to you, speaking of these things as he does in all his letters. In them there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other scriptures. Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. 2 Pt 15-17 (Friday, OOR, 34th week in Ordinary Time)

It seems clear that as faith is necessary for salvation, one can follow error into destruction. Hence the necessity for the Church's infallibility; for we are judged in adherance to Truth, and thus we must know with certainty what that Truth is. A restatement of;

I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live: And that thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and obey his voice, and adhere to him (for he is thy life, and the length of thy days,) that thou mayst dwell in the land, for which the Lord swore to thy fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that he would give it them. Dt 30:19-20

Hear his voice, for faith comes by hearing. Rm 10:17

He that heareth you heareth me: and he that despiseth you despiseth me: and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. Lk 10:16

What can I say? see what he says: SPE SALVI

1 comment:

  1. One of the Biblical symbols for the Church is Peter's boat. Just like Peter's boat we are headed to a specific destination and we can't just go in a general direction or ignore the specific route that needs to be taken. There are obstacles (rocks just below the surface, sandbars, etc.) There are winds currents, etc. both physical and spiritual. Jesus laid out the route for the Apostles and it has been passed down to us so that we can avoid the spiritual obstacles and distractions.