According to the Bible, what is the pillar and foundation of truth?
a. The Church
b. The Bible
THE ANSWER IS .. A the CHURCH is referred to as the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim 3:15)
But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth. (1 Tim 3:15)
Catholics believe that only through the Catholic Church do we have an assurance of the truthful interpretation of the Bible. For Jesus told his apostles the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth.(Jn 16:13) As Catholics, our Church is led by direct successors of the apostles in an unbroken line. Every one of our bishops across the globe can trace his authority back to an apostle through the laying on of hands. (Biblical examples of transference of apostolic office include Acts 1:20; 6:6; 13:3; 8:18; 9:17; 1 Tim. 4:14; 5:22; 2 Tim. 1:6).
Evangelical leaders, on the other hand, do not have an assurance they are interpreting the Bible correctly, and freely admit that they or their church elders may be holding to a mistaken teaching. The leaders of Protestant churches, no matter how brilliant, sincere or faith-filled, cannot trace their office (or laying on of the hands) or their power to any of the men commissioned by Jesus.
Jesus entrusted his teaching into the hands of his Church, which he promised would be with us forever. That Church, which is the Bride of Christ, has been visible to Christians for 2,000 years. Its members may sin, but the graces poured out on us through the sacraments are straight from Christ. Its doctrines are the teachings of Christ.
For more the pillar and foundation of truth, see
http://www.catholicapologetics.org/cabiapbk.htm (Catholic Biblical apologetics)
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