She started off by sending me a letter telling me that I had been on her mind a lot lately. She said, "I don't know why the thoughts come to mind over religion, its [sic] not really over being saved or not, its more of believing something that just isn't correct." So, after years of not going to any church, asking respectful questions, and listening to explanations from me as to why I am a Catholic, she's decided she knows what is "correct." I couldn't possibly know better than her charismatic group.
|1800 yo copy of Paul's letter|
But not only does my friend ask about authority, but she then equates Catholics to Mormons when she asks, "Is it only given to Men like LDS/RLDS/FLDS?" No, we don't believe authority is "only" given to men. The authority in the Church was given to Christ, who passed that same authority to His apostles. The Holy Spirit was then sent by Christ to give the apostles the courage and strength to live out that authority in the Church. The Holy Spirit is now the soul of the Church Christ founded and guides her leaders to this day. That is the authority the author of Hebrews was referring to in chapter 13. Christians do not act as mindless drones, but neither do they make up an aimless body. Th
is comparison between the LDS and the Catholic Church is more than insulting and I will not tolerate this insult anymore. The Catholic Church was founded by Christ upon Peter and the Apostles almost 2,000 years ago. The LDS has no such founding or authority, having been founded by a crazy man about 150 years ago on his own fictional writings. There is no comparison.
|LDS Temple Salt Lake City|
She asked if it were "maybe Pastor's and Deacons?" If she means Protestant pastors and deacons, then my answer would be a no. While Protestant Churches have some of the Truth Christ left for us, they lack much of it. These Pastors and Deacons did not get their authority from the Church Christ established, therefore, no they don't have the authority of interpretation or the giving of the Eucharist. They have some authority over their own church, their own little kingdom as it were, but they do not have the authority Christ gave the apostles or the Church.
|Jesus gives the Keys of the Kingdom to Peter|
|The Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles|
"Or by some wild chance ignored by Christians over the years,..." So, when Christ said, "...the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it" or "I am with you always" He had to have been lying. The Church was founded by Christ, emboldened and given life by the Holy Spirit, and watched over by generation upon generation of disciples of Christ, but only "Christians" now know what Jesus meant by those words.
When I told her I found some of her questions disrespectful and a little insulting she said, "It didn't surprise me that you have no interest at this time. I hope sometime we might be able to enjoy talking of such things." I don't mind talking of such things, but, I'm sorry, we are not on equal footing in this matter. I am much more educated in my Faith and in Christology. She may be part of a pentecostal group that believes that the Holy Spirit is guiding them--that doesn't make it so. Telling me that I must know I'm wrong because I passionately defend my faith (which she did in a different email) is just ludicrous. If you want to talk, let's talk, but leave the insults out of it.