1 Corinthians 14:36
Who to Believe…
At times, we can become vain in our own beliefs:
“Did the word of God go forth from you? Or has it come to you alone?” -1 Corinthians 14:36, NAB
When we learn and grow in our faith, we often forget where we truly find the source of Truth. We preach our own version of the Gospel, instead of the one given to us. To the people of Corinth, Paul was challenging this very notion. They had become righteous in their own beliefs, and he was setting them straight again.
Paul’s message here is that we are not the first to preach the Gospel, and we surely are not the only ones to have ever received it. Yet, we tend to forget this, and we end up divided as Christians because of it. Nowhere can this be better seen than the Protestant church. Since the Reformation, the Protestant church has divided time and again until there are more denominations than one could count. Each one seems to have their own version of the truth as they assume they were the first to preach it and the only one to really know it.
Luckily for us, as Catholics, we have one central source to find the truth. The Magisterium of the Church provides the official beliefs of the Church, and our only job is to follow it. At times, we may disagree with their teaching, and then we begin to fall into the same trap as the Protestant Church. That is why, my friends, it is so important that we learn to follow the teachings and dogmas as they are given to us.
If anyone should question a teaching, you are questioning the ability of the Magisterium to interpret God’s Word. In essence, you feel that your superior intellect can better interpret Scripture and Tradition than the Magisterium – the pope and his bishops. These men, who have devoted their entire lives to the Church, have made it to their position in the Church because of their knowledge and depth of faith. From that perspective, we can take a different look at the Magisterium and its official teaching.
I’ll admit, there are things that I occasionally have questions about the teachings of the Church, but, in the end, I let go of my own pride as I humbly follow what I am taught. It is never easy, but it is something that we all must do.