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Re: Have you ever explored Catholicism?
« Reply #60 on: July 03, 2013, 05:27:35 PM »
The book Catholicism for Dummies teaches that there are two official sources of sacred knowledge:
1. Sacred scriptures
2. Sacred tradition (within the Catholic Church).

For example, nowhere in the bible does it say that Jesus was married or unmarried or that he had children or that he didn't have children. Anyone who says that Jesus was married or wasn't married is adding to something that isn't in the bible. So where does Christianity get the idea that Jesus was not married and did not have children? Catholicism teaches that it's part of sacred tradition.

From a Scriptural point of view, if something isn't mentioned in the Bible, it is impossible to establish it as a Biblical truth. On the other hand, it is correct to say that the Bible gives no reason for us to consider that Jesus was married... or does it?



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Re: Have you ever explored Catholicism?
« Reply #61 on: July 04, 2013, 02:40:57 PM »
From a Scriptural point of view, if something isn't mentioned in the Bible, it is impossible to establish it as a Biblical truth. On the other hand, it is correct to say that the Bible gives no reason for us to consider that Jesus was married... or does it?

Good question. Nowhere is it mentioned in the bible that:
1. Jesus was unmarried or
2. Jesus was married.

We cannot add to the bible by stating that Jesus was or was not married, but we accept Christian tradition that Jesus was unmarried. Tradition comes from the first apostles and it was handed down through the generations to us.

There are some people who say that since the bible does not say that Jesus was married, we cannot infer that he was married. But conversely, since the bible does not say that Jesus was unmarried, we cannot infer that he was unmarried. Subsequently, we are relying on Church tradition.

It's a two sided coin, as I see it!  ???
"So then, stand firm and hold to the traditions :o which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter" (2 Thessalonians 2:15).