I can understand why that myopic dogma is attractive to those trying to change the topic, but it is just a story. The only type of Apostolic succession which matters is one of doctrine. For example, even including the Apostles, no one gets to preach another gospel than the one previously revealed, etc.The custom presented in the Scriptures is that the apostles were the leaders of the Church.
The one Teacher turns all to His word. Those that serve as teachers within the church point all to the one Teacher.Scripture is complete to serve as the Norm. But Scripture is a divine collection of books that requires a divinely authorized teacher.
The sinfulness of man is a common malady.Scripture is sufficient to serve as a Norm in the proper hands. It is difficult to use Scripture as a Norm if one does not know how to properly use it.
The person and work of Christ for all men is clear. Secondary matters which are obscured by time, culture, and language do not benefit the faithful when story tellers try to pass off their guesses as truth.Certainly many things are clear in the Scriptures, such that an individual could use them to refute error, etc. Not all things are clear, however, and this is why we need a divinely authorized teacher in the form of the Church--with clear leaders with clearly defined roles.
If you assert that only Scripture is infallible then that excludes the Roman Pope from ever being infallible.What is ambiguous about it? ONLY Scripture is infallible. That is one of the essential claims of Sola Scriptura.
That assertion acknowledges that councils are also fallible.Tradition can pass on the Gospel, but it is not infallible.
That is a false statement as the faith once delivered to the saints doesn't change.The Church teaches the Gospel but is not infallible. Only Scripture is infallible. And this sounds good on paper. The problem with this is that it makes the Faith unstable.
That is the premise of the story tellers.It makes the Faith beholden to scholarship.
That is the basis of the "development" of doctrine, a tool of the story tellers.What the Church believes in one period, the Church might not believe in another period because scholarship may come along and say "You know, based on recent discoveries, or based on recent blah, blah, blah, we have found that the Scriptures actually teach X instead of Y."
One set of story tellers is no better than another set of story tellers.Note that this is actually happening in many liberal Protestant sects today. "
Only to those who mistake the stories of the story tellers for the truth.The point is that without a divinely authorized teacher, the Scriptures are beholden to the whims of scholarship.
That isn't the context of the passage. The truth referred to is Christ, see verse sixteen. Christ in us, the church of the living God, is a consequence of the truth given to sinful men rather than the other way around. It is also not a statement of identity.The Church is the pillar of Truth; Scriptures are the Truth, the Church upholds them.
That is a story based upon a misinterpretation, see above.The Protestant reformers didn't realize this, but we are seeing the fruits today of what happens when you dispense with the authority of the Church.
See the first and second decrees of the fourth session of the council of Trent. The only difference between the scriptures are unclear and the false claim you make below is that anything other than a Papal assertion is defined as twisting Scripture1) The Catholic claim is not "The Scriptures are unintelligible without the Church." The Catholic claim is not "The Scriptures are unclear."
What happened to baptism? Have the baptized been united with Christ or not? Do you know of a more divinely authorized teacher than Christ? In Him is the forgiveness of sins rather than a personal or corporate infallibility apart from Him.The Catholic claim is that the Scriptures are a divine collection of books that require a divinely authorized teacher.
The well catechized echo the Scriptures rather than make up stories or repeat the stories of others.2) Not everything in the Scriptures are as clear as we might like them to be.
This is true of secondary matters.For example: Scripture does not clearly condemn abortion.
That is only because some people find it necessary to deny that the Gospel in the narrow sense, the person and work of Christ for all men, is by definition objective true good news to and for all men. They find it necessary to deny that to give their stories of maybe this or maybe that a facade of believability.Agreed. The problem isn't that we disagree here. The problem is that we disagree on what "The Gospel" is.
What matters is what Scripture says rather than stories about categories which don't exist in reality.For Protestants, the essence of the Gospel, the heart of the Gospel is Justification by Faith alone.
If that were true then what you write next regarding the devotion of saints and intercession of saints wouldn't follow. What happened to baptism?For Catholics, the heart of the Gospel, the essence of the Gospel is the Incarnation of God.
Since the Roman Pope is not God breathed, and since their is no promise of an infallible Roman Pope the Roman Pope is not infallible at any time or in any circumstance.This is why we have a sacramental system, devotion to the saints, intercession of the saints, and basically everything that makes the Catholic Church Catholic.The problem is that Protestants conflate
Baptism.However, the Church is the pillar and bulwark of Truth.
That is a story based upon a misinterpretation, see above.Church definitions are not inspired, but they are infallible.
Again, see 1 Tim 3.God graces the Church with the gift of infallibility in order for it to be the pillar and bulwark of Truth.
That is more story telling, at best it is only Papal dogma.The Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and this ensures that what the Church teaches is true.
It cannot be contrary to or contradict what is inspired and be true.Something need not be inspired in order for it to be true.
Speculation on speculation isn't helpful.Think of it like this:
That is just another story. That is like someone saying, "Although I've confused verbs with nouns and prepositions with numbers what I said is true because I said it after thinking about it."Now, extend this logic to everything the Church teaches.