It is striking, as a [reverted] Catholic, to come across those portions of Holy Scripture, that validate the Sacred Institution and the claims it has been making since the beginning of the Church. You see the Scripture for what it is, and begin to see that any explanation that doesn’t also see it for what it is, is simply an attempt to run away from the passage. It is an attempt to bring forth a meaning that was never intended, because to accept it for what it says, is to admit that perhaps you were wrong in your misconceptions.
It can be very frightening, admitting you were wrong. Doing so means all you have known isn’t exactly accurate. You would have to accept it, that is to say, embrace the truth even when it might make you physically uncomfortable.
Verse 13. And for this reason we too give thanks to God unceasingly, that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us, you received not a human word but, as it truly is, the word of God, which is now at work in you who believe.
And Verse 4. But as we were judged worthy by God to be entrusted with the gospel…
At the time these events were happening there was no bible. No collection of written material for people to refer too. What they had were the apostles who told them the things of Christ orally. And the apostles had to pass what they knew to others who would be charged with the same authority. It makes logical sense that an institution would guard these teachings to ensure accuracy as time progressed. It is promised that the gates of hell would not overcome the church, so it makes sense that Jesus would give us people to ensure the proper message delivery over time.
So the first Protestant bible was completed in the year 1611. That is one thousand six hundred and eleven years AFTER Jesus walked this earth. How could Christian-dome advance over these years without teachers, a priesthood, to ensure the right information was passed. Why would we trust these worthy individuals that God himself entrusted the passing of the message for so long a time and then just shut them off sixteen hundred years later and suddenly we no longer can trust oral traditions/teachings? We must now adhere to the Bible alone theory?
This just doesn’t make sense.