Beware of pointing fingers

I’m having a bit of fun with Protestants on a Christian message board.  Basically, I’m just pointing out that, when they use the term “Sola Scriptura” as an epithet at Catholics, that they do the same thing themselves, and what’s more, the authors of the New Testament used extra-Biblical references in Scripture.  In other words, Jesus, Paul, and Peter didn’t use Scripture alone to make their points.

In the Bible, Jesus references the Chair of Moses (where Catholics get the Chair of Peter-it’s the office, not the person), and the people listening to him know what he’s talking about. Jannes and Jambres, in St. Paul’s writing, is another.  In Christianity, there are several extra-Biblical doctrines.  The Trinity is one, the Canon of Scripture is another, the Sanctity of Human Life is another, and Monogamy in Marriage is another.  By and large, all Protestants agree with these concepts, but the doctrines are not in the Bible.

The point I was making is not that Protestants do something wrong by using extra-Biblical concepts to form their doctrines.  The point is that they do something that Catholics do, and then criticize Catholics for doing it, when it comes to some of the Marian dogmas and some other Catholic things.

Beware of pointing fingers.

Protestants accuse Catholics of worshipping idols, saying there’s a Biblical prescription against making idols and worshipping them.  And this is true.  But Catholic teaching doesn’t teach this practice.  The key is to answer the question “What is an idol?”  An idol is something we make in order to worship it.  When speaking of the statues and pictures we use as aids in our prayer life, we’re not making idols, firstly, and therefore we’re not making something to worship.  So no, we don’t make idols and we don’t worship the statues we make-they’re not idols, so we don’t practice idolatry.  But that prescription still holds on humanity in general, because we all have things we worship more than God, and that’s what the commandment is trying to help us guard against.  Many Americans today worship the almighty dollar.  Some love alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, video games, tech toys, cars, art, luxury, and so on.  In short, anything we love more than God.

Yesterday, it was football.  I know people who missed going to Church (even though the game was mid-afternoon or evening) in order to prepare for the Super Bowl party.  I’d almost be willing to bet that more people watched the Super Bowl than celebrated Christmas by going to church.

So Protestants, before you try to remove the splinter from Catholics’ eyes, try getting the log out of your own?

I did watch the game.  I didn’t submit to any of the hype, well, as little as I could get away with.  I didn’t watch much of the pregame.  Didn’t throw a party.  Didn’t get drunk, didn’t over-eat.  Didn’t much watch half-time.  Somehow, I wasn’t very excited, though some years I really love watching the big game, even when my team’s not there (which happened 47 out of 48 years).  Heck, the only thing I cooked were cheesy breadsticks (from scratch).  Ate a corned beef sammy around 11:30, then did chores.  I worked while watching the game.

Here’s my point (and it’s consistent with past years posts about Super Sunday):  It’s one thing to enjoy life, but it’s another thing to over-enjoy it.  Life isn’t meant for us to enjoy, really.  It’s meant to teach us how to go to heaven.  Just remember, there’s no trailer hitch on a hearse.  You’re going to leave it all behind.  So don’t love all that stuff to much.  And I’m the one I’m preaching to-I’m not pointing fingers…

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