Truths of the Catholic
A question of Orthodoxy, not piety
Am I living and
believing what Jesus was actually teaching?
In reality, this question becomes one of who do I trust
to help me learn the truth, who will be my ‘Teaching
1. There are those who read Scripture and accept that
the Holy Spirit will lead each person to a true and
accurate personal interpretation without any human
assistance. The Holy Spirit is their only ‘Teaching
Authority’. Christianity is not a private venture. It is
meant to be learned and shared with others.
2. There are those who read Scripture and who will
listen to any quack that comes along, including
fortune-tellers, mediums, and others. This is their
3. There are those who read Scripture and look to
individuals such as their pastor, TV Evangelist or
Theologians, authors of books, Internet forums and so on
for an interpretation. These sources become the
‘Teaching Authority’ for that individual.
4. There are those who read Scripture and then turn to
their Church, as a whole – not just a local pastor, as
for guidance in understanding. For example, the Catholic
Church and the ‘Magisterium’ which is a Latin word for
The challenge we all face is how do we separate out the
human opinions of our Teaching Authorities from truth or
who do we trust to show us the truth in order to choose
the best and most accurate Teaching Authority.
I can only give you a response from my own personal
belief in regard to this question.
First, as a foundation, I defined what truth actually
is. I believe truth is not created and as such, it is
from the essence of God and is never changing, ever. I
believe that Jesus is truth, not only his words and
actions, but his total being is truth, his divinity
being the word of God, his humanity being in union with
God. I believe that there is absolutely no deviation in
what and who Jesus is and Scripture. Scripture is the
printed Word of God and Jesus is the Word of God, made
flesh. Scripture and Jesus are one with God.
I reject any teaching authority which proclaims, among
other things that:
• Jesus as anything other than God.
• The ‘primary’ purpose of Jesus becoming
man, as anything other than mans unity with God and the
eternal salvation of our souls.
• Belief in Jesus will guarantee us
monetary wealth or material goods.
• Does not focus first on the worship of
God and second, the love of our neighbor.
Next, I look for the ‘organic unity’ of the teachings of
this authority. Are there any obvious inconsistencies in
their teachings today, in comparison to their teachings
over the years? Do they completely change or modify what
they teach, over time. I believe a teaching authority
can expand on a teaching or a thought, but it cannot
outright change its beliefs, that action demonstrates
that the Teaching Authority does not recognize,
understand or teach truth, but instead opinions.
Opinions change, truth does not.
In their teachings, is there truth building upon and
joining with truth – an ‘organic development’. Can the
teachings of an authority hold up under scrutiny – true
academic-style in-depth examination and not just simple
Use this as a starting point and build upon it. As a
result of this type of examination, I chose the Catholic
Church. Within the Catholic Church, there are those who
teach their opinions. I reject those people and listen
to what the Magisterium of the Catholic Church teaches.
You have to make your own decision.