Not only must words be written down, they also must be protected. How do you believe that protection is attained?
I don't. Not to the point of inerrancy, at least.
There is nothing in the 66 book cannon that condones any evil the RCC committed, they went far beyond what was written. They were abandoning their own principles, as spelled out by scripture, by committing the evil deeds in the first place. That's strong evidence that their cannon IS scripture because when you follow it correctly, your life improves and when you follow it incorrectly, you fall into sin. I am compelled to agree with Steven Fry and wish the best for the Catholic Church rather than judge it's people as a whole. Reformation of the RCC can bring forth a powerful force of good in the world and they are making those changes. The Watchtower, on the other hand, would rather turn up the heat on their young than reform, it's very painful to watch. The RCC fruit is NOT as the Watchtower, there's no good way to be a Jehovah's Witness. The NWT and it's vast array of confusing commentaries is NOT on the same level as the RCC Cannon. It's a shameful fraud and a side by side comparison shows this as clear as day. When the Jehovah's Witnesses start opening hospitals and orphanages we can start to think about drawing a comparison. The Watchtower are Catholic wannabes.
My point was that the fruits of any particular group of people is not the best way of determining who has the best canon or rather translation (since the WTS has the same canon as the protestants).
Yes, the "scholars" who just so happened to vehemently disagree with each other to the point of execution and exile. Yet, even through all of that horror, they managed to agree to put a lower case w for Hebrews 4:12 and an upper for John 1:1. That is corroboration of evidence which is scientific. Do you deny the scientific process of truth?
I don't think that (corroboration on one matter, even in disagreement on other matters) is scientific evidence of truth.
What is wrong with simply looking at or asking Christ... for Truth?
The question really is does the book work? What is the book's purpose?
To bear witness (testify) about Christ.
This is what I told you while I ws still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Pslams. Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgivenes of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginining at jerusalem."
The answer is in Hebrews 4:12, it's designing to cut to the bones and judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Now this is what my Lord has been telling me since you first said that it is scripture that does this over the WORD (Christ - and I have not been listening and heeding. So here is what He has been reminding me of:
"This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
That is Christ. That is what my Lord remind me of, to share with you.
Compare to Hebrews 4:12
For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any double-edged sword,piercing to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow; and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Peace to you,
tammy (I'll get back to you on the light)