10 January 2011

The Fundamental Protestant Error


The fundamental protestant error is in trusting in their own minds more than they trust in God. For all the arguments out there one way or another on the protestant/Catholic debate, it all comes down to this. The protestant movement began when individuals decided that they knew better than the Holy Mother Church. They claimed the Church, especially Rome, had lost its way, or had descended into error, or in some way was no longer the "true church." So, they decided to lead the flock astray into schism and heresy rather than try to work or pray for a solution within. They decided that they knew better. Now, maybe an internal solution was not possible at the time, but how is heresy and schism better than remaining within Christ's Holy Church, even with the flaws of the humans administering her? The protestant leaders did nothing more than lead their misguided followers into centuries of denial of the true mysteries of faith and the saving grace of the Sacraments. They brought them into Churches founded by men, not by Christ Himself.

And there it is, the fundamental error made by the protestants through the ages. It is placing human intellect, even the intellect of one man above the collective wisdom of Christ's Holy Church for 2000 years. It is placing human knowledge and wisdom over God. One need only consult the readings for Morning Prayer today (the 10th of January) or the very beginning of St. Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica to know that there are things that man cannot understand and that we should neither seek to know that which cannot be understood nor deny the truth of things we cannot understand simply because we do not understand them.

It is truly difficult to argue these points with a protestant. St. Augustine wrote that valid logic can lead to a false conclusion. The reason one cannot argue effectively with a protestant based on logic is that they are starting from a position of false assumption or statement made centuries ago by the first protestant heretics. Their reasoning may indeed follow valid logic, and that is why it is so convincing to them and perhaps to others. Yet, they end up drawing what we know to be false conclusions because they are starting from a false set of assumptions. The logic of man is only as good as the information it is processing.

The Bible is often used as a weapon by protestants against the Catholic Church. This is amusing on one level, as it is the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church that wrote the Bible. Those who are Roman, Eastern Rite, Anglican, or Orthodox are the successors of the Sacred Scripture, not those who thought they knew better more than 500 years ago when they rebelled against the Church. Even to this day, protestant and especially evangelical heretics seek to convert Catholics from the true Faith, and they do so using the Bible. The trouble with protestants using the Bible, though, is that they have no choice but to use only part of it, viz. the part of it that they think proves their point, while ignoring the rest. If they took Sacred Scripture as a whole, written in the context of Sacred Tradition, I like to think they would give up their heretical ways and return to the universal Church. The One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church is the only Church founded by Jesus Christ Himself. It is the one we are all called to be part of. Everything else is deficient. The Bible tells us this. Sacred Tradition tells us this. The writings of the great theologians tell us this. Only the rantings of protestant heretics say otherwise. Do you want to stand with Christ, or do you want to protest against Him, trusting instead only on your own intellect? The choice is yours.