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Isabelle Klar wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why do non-Catholic Christians instruct their believers to read the Bible, but never practice what is in the Bible in that they don't honor the saints — not even our Blessed Mother?

I once brought to the attention of one of them that the Magnificat is in the Bible, wherein Mary states:

48 Hereafter all generations shall call me blessed.

Luke 1:48

This person had no comment for me. We were taught to be very cautious about reading the Bible on our own because we don't know how to interpret it and that's why we have Scripture scholars.

  • Am I not correct in this?

Isabelle

  { Why don't non-Catholics practice what they preach in Luke's Gospel and shouldn't I be cautious? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi Isabelle,

You are incorrect on one issue, and correct on another. 

It's incorrect to say that we are discouraged from reading the Bible on our own.  We are encouraged by the Church to do just that. We believe that the Holy Spirit speaks to us in Scripture and will enlighten us daily about our lives and our faith through Scripture, but we know that the faith also comes to us from the Apostolic teaching passed down through the bishops.  We know that Scripture and Tradition cannot contradict each other, so that in matters of interpretation of difficult passages or passages disputed by Protestants as to their meaning,  we have a trustworthy guide to the meaning of Scripture. 

Protestants are also very cautious in reading the Bible, but it takes a different form.

Each denomination emphasizes different passages, and makes these passages the authority through which they interpret or ignore other passages, though they don't realize it. They focus on some verses, and gloss over others, that disagree with their teachings.

Hope this helps,

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi Isabelle,

I just wanted to finish up on Mary Ann's answer.

Mary Ann said:
You are incorrect on one issue, and correct on another. 

You are correct that Our Blessed Mother prophesied that Hereafter all generations shall call me blessed as the passage in (Luke 1:48) attests to.

I have no idea why any Protestant would not admit this except due to an excess of pride or unwillingness to admit the Catholic Church is correct on any portion of Marian doctrine.

If:

16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

2 Timothy 3:16

and Mary said:

48 Hereafter all generations shall call me blessed.

Luke 1:48

  • Why can't Protestant Sunday services at least start referring to Mary as
    Our Blessed Mother?
  • Are Protestant Christians implying that God made a Scriptural mistake when He wrote
    Luke 1:48?

I don't get it.

Mike

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