I would like to have a discussion on the harmony of the scriptures and how they lead us to right doctrine. As we agree, regardless of being Catholic or non-Catholic is that the "scriptures" are infallible. This means we would not see in scripture: "You must climb an oak tree in order to be saved" -NotScripture 2:3 "You must never climb an oak tree if you wish to be saved" -NotScripture 2:4 Nor would we see something like this: "There is no such thing as water that falls from the sky called rain" -NotScripture 2:5 If things like these existed in scripture, it would not be infallible, but would have indeed failed us to be completely true (inerrant). Stemming out of this idea comes the idea that no prophecy of scirpture can be privately interperted. I can't take John 3:16 and use it to say all that is involved in a Christians life is believing in Christ. There is nothing more at all to being a Christian. That would be privately interperting scripture: I took one verse and make a doctrine from it that is not harmonious to the rest of scripture. Likewise I can't take John 3:16, Romans 3:23-26, 6:26, Ephesians 2:8-9, and other similair passages and come to the conclusion that faith is the only thing the Bible says that we need as Christians. Again- it doesn't work because it still is discounting a lot of scripture that tells us things such as our faith without works is dead and that without love we are nothing but a banging cymbal. Thus to say that we hold to right doctrine, it must not contradict, but work with and in all scritpure. Agree? Disagree? Comments?