Gaudium de Veritate

St. Augustine found joy in the truth, for its own sake. Truth is not conditioned by time or place, by who speaks it or how it is spoken. Our greatest joy should be in seeking that truth and in its discovery, letting it be its own validation and its own reward. I don’t care whether it be Benedict XVI or Martin Luther, Martin Luther King or Gandhi, John Calvin or Francis Schaeffer or Francis of Assisi or Ellen White–I will rejoice in Truth regardless of who speaks it.

11 thoughts on “Gaudium de Veritate

  1. Our greatest joy should be in seeking that truth and in its discovery,

    Absolutely.

    Of course, sometimes it is difficult to tell whether one is following Christ The Truth or simply one’s “personal truth.”

  2. Therefore one must go to where He speaks, and listen to His voice.

    And when voices compete with one another and contradict each other, or claim that the authority of their voice alone is what is most important, then we must go where He and His apostles told us to go. Paul, for example, didn’t say, “Listen to me, darn it!” He didn’t say, “Go to James or Peter.” Rather, he commended the Bereans, who refused to take his word for it, but “searched the Scriptures daily to see whether those things were so.”

  3. Absolutely.

    Though, some follow what they think to be His voice when it is in fact just the whisperings of the Divider.

    Fortunately, Christ has given us His Church.

  4. And to His Church He gave His Word; inspired by Him, a constant source of reference for every wind of doctrine proposed by folks in the Church and out of it.

    As St. Paul said to Timothy, “from infancy you have known (the) sacred scriptures, which are capable of giving you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”

  5. “And to His Church He gave His Word; inspired by Him, a constant source of reference for every wind of doctrine proposed by folks in the Church and out of it.”

    I thought it was His Church who gave written form to the words they received from Him and have safeguarded ever since.

  6. Amen. And when St Paul had said this concerning the Old Testament Scriptures, the Church, being the pillar and the ground of truth, received his words as having been inspired of the Holy Spirit.

    Folks outside of the Church like to receive many things as having been inspired of the Holy Spirit, though, of course, they might be wrong. It’s easy to fall when standing upon one’s own head.

  7. “The Church” didn’t inspire Scripture; it affirmed as being in Scripture those that it recognized as having been inspired by God directly to the prophets and the apostles. Thus the Scripture is dependent upon the God who breathed it, and it judges the Church; the Church does not judge it.

  8. The words of our Lord indeed judge the Church, the Church having discerned the call of her Master in only those Scriptures which she received from amidst the thousand voices of the time.

  9. That’s a circular statement. You seem to be placing authority of Scripture in the selection of the Church of various writings. The Church of the time said it merely picked out and identified what were clearly Scripture on the basis of external tests.

  10. I’m siding with Bill on this one. It’s sola scriptura all the way. To hell with anyone who says different.

  11. Don’t get cheeky on me. 🙂

    The term, Sola Scriptura, means different things to different folks, of course. For some, it means you can’t do anything that isn’t explicitly commanded in Scripture.

    For Luther, it meant Scripture must be the place the buck stops, as when he said at Worms:

    Since your most serene majesty and your high mightinesses require from me a clear, simple, and precise answer, I will give you one, and it is this: I cannot submit my faith either to the pope or to the councils, because it is clear as the day that they have frequently erred and contradicted each other. Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, or by the clearest reasoning – unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted – and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the Word of God, I cannot and I will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; May God help me! Amen!

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