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Monday, February 21, 2005

Early Church: Ignatius

Excellent posts BGM & Zain. I do not think anyone disagrees (Protestants included) that many things, more than what is in the Bible, were done and spoken regarding our faith. But we need to determine what God intended man to take away from these deeds and acts, and take away nothing more if we are to remain true to His will. I think we need to study oral tradition. I once heard it said that it was like a water tight cistern with not a single drop lacking when passed to another. We Americans are a bunch of TV watching lazy bums. I believe back then, although hard for us to imagine, the early church took great pride in memorizing and passing on oral tradition. God probably had it written only because he saw how passive the world would become. But the harmony of the Gospels can only lead one to believe that the written word was indeed an accurate rendition of oral tradition, being ultimately written by four different inspired men, in four different parts of the old world (no email back then to check facts). Examine how St. John begins in the original Greek transliteration, "In [the] beginning was the word, and the word was with God and God was the word. This one was in [the] beginning with God." God does make, BGM would agree, special provision for the written word of the prophecy in what we Protestants refer to as to the Revelation, which perhaps may beg the question why not the special admonition in other parts of scripture? BGM makes valid points about the early church, but if we are to believe the Bible wholly inspired by God, we also know as St. John informs us that the Word was God, and the Word came and to us in God-man form. We can I suppose read this to support BGM's position; that is the Word coming to dwell among us is a testament, a new testament, in both deed and spoken words, all of which we know St. John acknowledges all the books of the world could not hold. Or we could also assert that the Word indeed preceded the Church and that what we have today in the written Scripture is what God intended man to have at this time in printed form. If He intended us to have more, why did He not inspire some of the traditions lacking in Scripture?