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What is the 'Rule of Faith'?

tomgroeneman's picture

How do you understand the rule of faith in light of the Apostolic teaching, the Scriptures, the Creeds and Church history? Is it similar to the idea of the deposit of faith that some speak of? How does your understanding of the rule of faith effect the way you interpret Scripture? The reason I am asking is because I am trying to determine whether or not Tradition is a valid means of receiving the revelation of God. At what point does an individual rely on the teaching of the Church to formulate doctrine and as guidance on questions of faith and morals? I am open to all arguments for or against. It seems to me that just me and my Bible are limited in providing the sufficient illumination necessary to survive in this world. I know Protestant theology teaches that Scripture alone is sufficient for all that the believer needs but I am thinking there is more available in the plan of God. As a Catholic, I am taught that the Magisterium, the teaching office of the Church, works together with Holy Scripture to minister the life of God. Before the Canon was completed, the Early Church relied on the teachings of the Apostles (the rule of faith?) and the following generations of Church leaders to guide the people of God until the Canon was finalized. How much weight do the Early Church Fathers carry in our understanding of the truths of the Gospel? What say you?

beemanlee's picture

What is Faith

Brother Tom,

Not to get into any of the personal teachings about The Catholic Church or to The Magisterium, because they all are viewpoints on man's teachings; and because this is also true about The Reformation of the protesting view point of those in The Church, who were protesting...

Rather, I would just like to cover Faith in a discussion, and to avoid the arguments which always come up because of what we think mankind is able to understand without really listening to what G-d is saying to our hearts with His Help of Grace being poured out on our soul to cause us to to hear Him...

Because of your choice to believe this Theology(The Magisterium), I will only point out that it is from man and not by The Divine Revelation of Father of Light, no mater what we may both say to the contrary...

I trust in G-d's Word, The Bible, and it alone, for my reading or studying...

I also lean Heavy on what The Holy Spirit is saying to my heart.

So we must understand that everything we Believe is about our Faith, and it must comes down from The Father of Light, Who IS The Divine Spirit of G-d...

So if you want to discuss Faith correctly, we both must be on the same page together to come to any point of clear understanding about what is Faith...

Shalom, Lee...




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