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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

Our Calling by G-d unto Faith...

Brother Tom,

I must admit to you, that I only look to The Fathers Love, spoken about in G-d's Word for all of His Answers to us in our Life...

My Calling is a Holy/Kodesh Calling and it IS The Work of G-d's Great Spirit, Working by His Marvelous Grace unto my heart's condition of sin and rebellion...

Only G-d is able to melt a heart of stone, that is lost to knowing G-d's Great Love for The souls of all of His Created Creatures...

Unless G-d IS Calling you by name, into His Kingdom, and you have your Spiritual eyes and ears open to hear His Voice, then we will stay in our sins and our rebellion form G-d, and His Marvelous Grace is refused by us. This is what the depravity of mankind is all about to those who do not want G-d in their lives...

There are only a few who are Called, that will ever answer back with a Yes to G-d's Calling in life... Their are many that do hear G-d Calls, but when they consider the cost, refuse to say yes... But it is very few that will actually desire to Follow The Nazarene and His Calling to all people... Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men... So Come into My Kingdom...

So, do you brother Tom, hear the Call of G-d on your life, too?

Shalom, Lee...




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