When did Sacred Tradition Become Equal to the Bible?

The Council of Trent, (AD 1545-63) placed “Sacred Tradition” equal to God’s Holy Word. Does this not cause you to wonder why it took 1,500 years for this to become dogma? What did the catholic believe prior to that? They believed that God’s Holy Word was final authority. All these years, the poor catholic has believed that the catholic church has had this “dogma” ever since Christ arose into Heaven. However, far is it from the truth. The catholic church states:

    Hence there exist a close connection and communication between sacred tradition and sacred Scripture. For both of them, flowing from the same divine wellspring, in a certain way merge into a unity and tend toward the same end. For sacred Scripture is the word of God inasmuch as it is consigned to writing under the inspiration of the divine Spirit. To the successors of the apostles, sacred tradition hands on in its full purity God’s word, which was entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. . . . Consequently, it is not from sacred Scripture alone that the Church draws her certainty about everything which has been revealed. Therefore both sacred tradition and sacred Scripture are to be accepted and venerated with the same sense of devotion and reverence. Sacred tradition and sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, which is committed to the Church. . . She [the Church] has always regarded the Scriptures together with sacred tradition as the supreme rule of faith, and will ever do so. Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation” (Dei Verbum), Documents of Vatican II, par.9, 10, 21, p. 117, 125

Jesus said,

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ~ Matthew 15:9
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. ~Mark 7:7

The catholic church admits that it was founded around the year 300. The average catholic doesn’t even know what year it came about. The website catholic.com says the catholic church was established around the year 107 and americancatholictruthsociety.com says around 397. However, historical fact says that for the first four centuries, the catholic church did not exist. The early church age believers did not believe in a purgatory or indulgences, neither did they have a of a pope. They had never heard of transubstantiation or mariology! These dogmas were attached to the true Gospel hundreds of years later by the roman catholic church.

The early church’s Gospel was left to the Apostles by our Lord and was considered complete. The Rock, Jesus, and the foundation of His Gospel were the Gospel His followers preached (see Matthew 24:14, 26:13, and Mark 14:9). The catholic dogmas made by men centuries later were not even a part of the original Gospel of Jesus Christ. The early believers werre confident that when they died they went to be with Christ. So much so, Paul mentioned it twice:

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
~2 Corinthians 5:6

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. ~2 Corinthians 5:8

I doubt very much that if there had been purgatory, Paul would be so willing to be absent from the body if he knew he were going to a place of burning and judgment.

If you are a catholic reading this today, ask yourself why the Scriptures vary from the catholic church’s traditions. If they are suppose to agree together, how come there are so many contradictions between the Bible and the traditions of your church? When there are disagreements between the two, which one is to be obeyed? God or man? Does this not bother you? It should bother you! God wants it to bother you so that you will research it for yourself instead of allowing man and the catholic church to rule your heart. Rather, let God rule your heart and you will never go wrong!

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7 Responses to When did Sacred Tradition Become Equal to the Bible?

  1. Tori says:

    I always learn so much when I come here, thanks for a great blog!

  2. Kate says:

    Isn’t it heart-wrenching, Tori, to know how deceived we were? Praise the Lord that their is a Book (our Holy Bible) that God Himself left for us to read so we could know His will? I don’t know what I would do without it! 🙂 It is the source of all truth!

  3. Jude wrote of them!!! God sent Jesus to teach the way we should live. Paul said after I’am gone wolves would come in not spring the flock. We have been warned the last few years.
    Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
    These men are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. The church worldwide but there is wheat and tares growing in it. God will take them out of his kingdom soon.


  4. Kate says:

    Very very true!! Good post!

  5. mary says:

    it would seem that you do not know your history.
    one could ask the same question about the Hebrews before the ten commandments were handed down. was it legal to kill or commit adultary before that?
    catholics did not invent their doctrines. don’t forget that the sacred texts were put together in a book form in 400 a.d. by the catholic church. the catholics decided which books would go into it.
    martin luther decided to rip them apart 1200 years later. he had a hard time with the truth and i suppose you do as well.

  6. Kate says:

    No, Mary, it would seem that you do not know your history. You are accepting the lies of the catholic church. The Catholic Church tried to take credit for the Bible but they did not have a hand in it. God did not need their help. He wrote the Bible without anyone’s help.

    The O.T. was written by Moses, David and Solomon, prophets, seers and kings. The church had no hand in these writings. The oracles were given to, and protected by, the Jews. The catholic church (or any other church for that matter) had anything to do with the O.T.

    The N.T. began with Matthew, who took accurate notes of what happened during Christ’s ministry, along with all the other writers. But it wasn’t the catholic church that made them write the N.T. It was the inspiration of God according to Paul in 2 Tim 3:16-17

    Peter even acknowledged that God’s Word was brought to man by the Hand of God. Look at 2 Peter 1:19-21
    19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

    20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

    21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

    The apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote their letters to the congregations and they received them, copied them and passed them along. So the Scriptures were produced by men of God FOR the church, not BY the church.

    The catholic church, with its pagan origins, and its thirst for wealth, has had one goal and that is to destroy true Christians and to destroy their Bible. The roman system took the true Scriptures as found in Antioch and substituted their Alexandrian perversions! God called the Jews out of Egypt, why would He entrust His Word to a text that came from Egypt??? But along with the Jesuit teachers, the catholic church has managed to create doubt and now once the people no longer believe in God’s preserved Word, they can sneak in their Alexandrian pollution through the popular translations today (NIV, etc.).

    If God can create an entire universe and all that is in it, why can He not perserve His Word? He does not need a church to do that. He had the O.T. preserved way before the catholic churh came into being! To say such a thing limits the God of Glory!

  7. Neil V. O'Connell says:

    Catholic tradition and philosophy will profit me or anyone NOTHING the night you are laid out at a funeral home. Many things with the Catholic Church are either extra-biblical and/or contrary to Scripture. They are in denial of many Biblical truths, and they will simply dismiss, or minimize any Scripture they don’t agree with; with their intellectually vacuous propaganda and rhetoric. They should not be allowed to promulgate this on people. Their only empty confute is to fall back on their silly traditional beliefs, once again made by man, which hold no water. Who are you going to believe in; Jesus alone, or the Catholic Church and their man-made beliefs? That is up to you to decide. As for me, and my dog, we will serve The Lord.

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