In this final lesson, we will look more closely at the Catholic Church, discovering why it is the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.Preview This Lesson
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In this lesson, we focus more clearly on the three legs upon which rests the Catholic Church and on the four marks of the Church. As we have explained, without any one of these three legs, the Church cannot stand.
Paul writes to Timothy: “All scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15-16).
The explanatory footnote from the Saint Benedict Press Douay-Rheims Bible states: “Every part of divine scripture is certainly profitable for all these ends. But, if we are to have the entire rule of Christian faith and practice, we must not be content with those Scriptures, which Timothy knew from his infancy, that is, with the Old Testament alone: [not even] with the New Testament, without taking with it the traditions established by the Apostles, and the interpretation of the Church, to which the Apostles delivered both the book and the true meaning of it.”
In fact, the New Testament was certainly not given to us in the full and complete form as it exists today, part and parcel, as a written document. Jesus, himself, never wrote a word, except for his finger-writing in the dirt:
And the scribes and the Pharisees bring unto him a woman taken in adultery: and they set her in the midst, And said to him: “Master, this woman was even now taken in adultery. Now Moses in the law commanded us to stone such a one. But what sayest thou?”
And this they said tempting him, that they might accuse him. But Jesus bowing himself down, wrote with his finger on the ground. When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest. And Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: “Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee?’
Who [the woman] said: “No man, Lord.” And Jesus said: “Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.”
No other place in Scripture is there record of Jesus having written anything. And those words in the dirt? John leaves that for us to speculate.
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