Holy Authorities - part 2.
- (contd from yesterday)
So what should be the basis or our response to church authorities ?
Let us see what Apostle Paul has written to his disciple Timothy.
" Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the
sins of others. Keep yourself pure" ( 1 Timothy 5:22).
Even Roman catholic church - who teaches infalliability of
Pope - do not teach this in regard to personal life of Pope. For
that matter do dont even teach that all Popes are pious or lead a
holy life. Like any other ordinary believer, even Pope is obliged
to confess his sins in obedience to Holy Spirit.
The explanation of that church regarding the infalliablity of Pope
is this. Pope is the spiritual supreme head of the church and he
acts in the issues of faith, in accordance with the wish of Holy
Spirit, he cannot be faultless. That is infalliability of the Pope.
Even though this is the case, Popes starting from John 23 on words
has confessed to the faults the the church have done all over the
world ( over a period of time) and tried thier best to be in harmony
with ( to be in communion with) other churches and worked for it.
This is a good model for all Christian churches.
Mar Paul and Mar Peter were comrades. But apostle Paul did not
justify the the faults of St. Paul but kept his conscience to Lord
Jesus Christ. Things refered in Galatians 2:11-21 is in no way
affects the faith of the church. ( **please see the note below )
Because this is only a personal incidence in the life of Apostle
Paul. Apostle Paul never questioned the authority that Lord gave
to Apostle Peter ( which is described in Matthew 16:16-19; John
21:15-19- quotes at the end ) . On the contarary it is important to
note that Apostle Paul always lived in obediance to Apostle Peter.
This can be seen in 2 Peter 3:15-18.
( contd )
** Note: Here the author is making an assumption that Cephas
mentioned here is Apostle Peter itself. But there is another
scholarly opinion that this Cephas mentioned in Gal 2:11-21 is
totaly differance person Cephas who happened to share the name with
St. Peter. You can read that here
Mat ( 16:16-19)
"Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living
17Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was
not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell
you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and
the gates of Hades will not overcome it.I will give you the keys of
the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in
heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
"15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon
son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
16Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?"
He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."
17The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love
me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. I tell you the truth, when you were
younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you
are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress
you and lead you where you do not want to go." 19Jesus said this to
indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he
said to him, "Follow me!"
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