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The immediate answer is "No, it is not scripture." Scripture is scripture and adding to it or subtracting from it is a no-no. As to "Does it have the same authority as the Bible?" Well, I suppose the answer is "authority for what?" For some things the authority of the Catechism is superior (certain areas of theology are only hinted at in the Bible). It can ...


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There are no direct quotes, at least, not in the sense that, for example, Isaiah is quoted, but there are certainly several allusions and parallel passages. Here is a list of some of them from both NT and OT (and yes, I am well aware that some of those are debatable). As to "other books quoting them," it should be noted that neither Song of Songs, Esther, ...


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There are two concepts that are important to understand. How they interact show directly how this works: Sola Scriptura The idea of sola scriptura is that the Bible is the highest authority. Anyone and everyone (who can read) has direct access to the final word of God. If someone is saying something that isn't in line with the Bible, then they are ...


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In broad terms there are two schools of thought on this. One concerns apostolic succession - the idea that the authority of the original 12 apostles has been passed down through the generations, relay-race style. For those who follow the doctrine of apostolic succession, apostolic authority belongs only to those who have inherited it from a predecessor, ...


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It is circular in a sense, but all philosophical starting points are. I would contend that authority begets authority, and our philosophical foundations appeal to an authoritative source of truth and knowledge, whether we realize it or not. In order to be the authoritative source of all things true, however, something either needs to authoritatively ...


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it is said that the Bible is authoritative because the Bible says so. I have yet to hear this from a Christian. Does not seem like anything a apologist would say. Can you quote someone who says this because I suspect this is a strawman of the arguments that Christian make. I think it would be better to say that the basis for the authority of the new ...


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Yes, as the Pope said in his resignation speech, he gives up the office and it is for those whose duty it is to convoke the conclave and elect a successor — just as it would be if he had died. As a cardinal, he's entitled to attend the conclave (but he probably won't) but he can't vote because he's over eighty.


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Typically, the most prominent example of how "men should have authority over women" stems from Ephesians 5:22, in which Paul admonishes wives to submit to their husbands. That said, a contextual reading will bear much fruit: 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the ...


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Hmmm. Thanks for this question. First, it prompted me to read the relevant section in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (paragraphs 1776-1802). In brief, the Catechism says this- Man must obey his conscience. Man must recognize that his conscience can be erroneous and seek to inform it. Conscience can remain in ignorance, and such ignorance can often ...


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There is a good summary of reasons for this in an article at baptistdistinctives.org. I want to preface that that this is not necessarily a doctrinal stance. This is a stance on how we govern our own Church. However, the stance is based on doctrinal presuppositions. First, we consider Scripture to be the ultimate authority, as it is from God, and is ...


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Bishops (from the Greek, epi-scopus = overseers) are the successors of the Apostles. Their primary responsibility is shepherding the faith of the people in their diocese. They ordain priests, perform the sacrament of confirmation on the faithful, and serve to teach, provide guidance and support for the faithful. So in that sense, they indeed have the ...


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According to Catholicism, the Catechism has the same authority as the Bible, its existence is borne out of the same body of folks who brought you the Bible as a compilation of revealed truth in the first place. However, it can't be conisidered a substitute for the Bible and no, it's not scripture any more than the Evangelical Councils were scripture. It ...


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This might give you a deeper understanding of Ratzinger's development of thought on conscience. He gave a keynote address to Bishops in 1991 titled 'Conscience and Truth'. There is also a book 'On Conscience' Which contains both this address and an address he gave to in 1984 titled 'Bishops, Theologians and Morality'. He makes some very interesting points ...


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Jimmy Akin stated on his blog: Pope Benedict may follow the pattern of previously resigned popes and spend the rest of his days in a monastery. Alternately, he may live quietly with his brother. Either way, he will do his best to stay out of the public eye so as to give his successor the freest hand possible. (This is the same thing that usually ...


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To answer the question of "apostolic authority", you must first define "apostolic succession". From the Wikipedia article on apostolic succession: Apostolic succession (Hebrew: הירושה האפיפיורית‎, Greek: Αποστολική διαδοχή) is a doctrine, held by some Christian denominations, which asserts that the chosen successors (properly ordained bishops) of the ...


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I don't think it's quite accurate to say that the argument is circular. There are actually many ways to approach the issue of whether the Bible is authoritative as it claims to be. One way to do this would be to realize that the Bible text itself is not the only thing vouching for it's veracity. People through the ages have done the same. If any of those ...


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In the Bible, the Apostles did not go around setting up a high level church hierarchy. As others have stated, Christ is the Head of the Church (Ephesians 4: 1-16). That said, they did set up elders at every church (Acts 14:23) to rule well (1 Timothy 5:17). That is the church structure according to the Bible. Anything else is extra-biblical and please note ...


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As ever, context is all important when trying to understand this verse. The gift in question is not the laying on of hands itself, but Timothy's ability to teach and preach: 1 Timothy 4:11-14 (New International Version): Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in ...


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many factors: asking Ask and ye shall receive... Mat 7:7 unity And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. Acts 4:1 baptism, before, during, or after: the prophets had the Holy Spirit For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the ...


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No, believers do not receive Holy Ghost automatically after they accept Christ or get baptized. These are two separate and important steps. Also laying on of hands not a requirement. Not the physical contact will makes one accepting the Spirit, but it reinforce the ones faith and the Spirit can cooperate with this, so it is better to take part in laying on ...


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Acts 8:15 actually provides the answer: “Who, when they (Peter & John) were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost” Prayer is the key ingredient that enabled the reception of the Holy Spirit, however, there is more to the story, because there was one there that believed that the laying on of hands was the agent of ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magisterium In Catholicism, the magisterium is the authority that lays down what is the authentic teaching of the Church. For the Catholic Church, that authority is vested uniquely in the pope and the bishops who are in communion with him. Quick answer: Catholicism: Pope and bishops. JW: Faithful Slave ...


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Comparing the Teaching Authorities Searching JW.org, since JW and WTS say nothing (let alone authoritative) about their Teaching Authority, there is nothing to compare. The comparison dies right here: The Catholic states 1) that they have Teaching Authority, and 2) what that means; From JW and WTS, to an outsider, there is no Teaching Authority, as they ...


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In Acts 8, why is the HS a 'gift'. I think you mean the gifts of the HS. The gift of the HS is given at baptism (Acts 2:38) Depending on your doctrine, the powers of the HS are awesome!!! (1 Corinthians 12:8-10), like you said, they are given by the Apostles. That is ONLY BY THEM. I cannot find someone other than the Apostles passing the gifts around. So ...


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The requirement for receiving the Holy Spirit is to believe and be baptized into the Body of Christ Eph. 1:13 In whom you also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation, in Him also believing, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise, Gal. 3:2 This only I wish to learn from you, Did you receive the Spirit out of the ...


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The Bible indicates that a father has responsibility for his household (in the sense that he will be held responsible for the good or ill that comes from how the household is run.) The Bible also contends that women should submit to their husbands, since the husband will be held responsible. The thing is that it doesn't stop there and give husbands blanket ...



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