Catholic Tradition Debunked
(this is a note dump work in progress)
In the times of Moses, God gave the written law – the first 5 books of the bible – we know of as the Pentateuch.
Jewish tradition tells us that when Moses came down off the mount, he brought the written law
- But he also said many things that were not written. It was ‘oral’.
- So the written word and what was given orally, established what was known as ‘the deposit of the faith’.
o The oral traditions had to be handed down – transmitted from generation to generation.
o Josephus, a Jewish historian born 37 AD
▪ “Antiquities of the Jews” tells us that the Pharasees had passed on to the people certain regulations handed down by former generations and not recorded in the law of Moses.
o The Talmud
▪ Moses received the law from Sinai and committed it to Joshua, and Joshua to the elders to the prophets, and the prophets committed it to the men of the Great Synagogue.
o Got so big it had to be written down.
▪ Jerusalem Talmud
▪ Babylonian Talmud
• Rabbinical schools since the days of Christ- in succession.
So there was the
1. Deposit of truth, (writings and oral),
2. Process of transmission, and
3. Living interpreter.
Matthew 23:1-2 ‘sit in Moses’ Seat – “cathedra” = throne; living interpriters of what Moses had spoken – written and oral. They interpreted it. Authority to say what was tradition and what was not.
Pharasees – People had to render blind obedience to the interpritors. It was final.
Question: what distinguished the authority of Jesus from the authority of the Pharasees?
By what authority do you do this? Who gave you permission?
Jesus had never been to the school of the Rabbis.
The people flocked to hear Jesus and the classrooms of the Pharisees were empty – and the Pharisees were jealous.
Jesus spoke from scripture.
He never said, ‘Rabbi so & so said’
Or quoted some theologian of the day.
Jesus always quoted scripture.
Matthew 4 3x ‘it is written’. He quoted Deut 8:3, 6:16, 6:13.
When he began his ministry, he used scripture:
Young lawyer came to him asking what the great commandment was. Jesus said, ‘you know the scripture’
Matthew 21:42 The stone the builders rejected
Matt 22:29 you do err in not knowing the scripture
Clensed the temple ‘It is written!!!)
Divorce – at the beginning it was not so,
John 5 if ye believe Moses, you’ll believe me too, because Moses wrote of me!
Luke 24: and beginning with Moses and the law he quoted scripture
He got his message from scripture!
Now let’s see some other things:
‘Holding’ the tradition of the elders.
As it it written in Isaiah – in vain
v. 10 Corban (a gift)
annulling the word of God by their tradition.
Catholic dogma of the Council of Trent (16th century) declared that their 'magisterium' held the dogmas - the 'tradition', making the same mistake the Jews made.
325 — Council of Nicea. The first post-apostolic ecumenical council of the Christian community at which Church leaders formed a creedal statement of belief recognized universally.
381 — First Council of Constantinople. This council amended and ratified the Nicene Creed, resulting in the version used by Christian churches around the world.
440-461 — Pope Leo I. Many historians suggest that Pope Leo is the first to claim universal jurisdiction over the worldwide Church, thus initiating the rise of the papacy, a uniquely Roman Catholic structure.
451 — The Council of Chalcedon. This is the first occasion of an institutional division within Christianity, as those who did not adhere to the conclusions of the Council (referred to as Oriental Orthodox) separated.
1054 — The Great Schism. Though the Eastern and Western branches of the Church had long been divided over theological, cultural, linguistic, and ecclesiological disputes, the separation was formalized in 1054, thus creating the first large-scale division within Christendom.
16th century — The term "Roman Catholic" is not generally used until the Protestant Reformation, and some historians see the Council of Trent (1545-1563) as a centralizing movement within Catholicism that enhanced the authority of Rome.