Pondering things yesterday (as I am wont to do from time to time), it occurred to me that not everyone here is hearing the Word of God. Let's see: Jesus said "Except you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink His Blood ye have NOT life. For the next 400+ years, all that the Church had was the words of Jesus and the eyewitness account of His saying those words as faithfully recorded by that eyewitness. The eyewitness to all this, being asked what these word meant by pagans and catecheumens, would faithfully reply that this meant that one must consume the very Flesh of the Son of God Who hung upon the Cross and drink His Blood. Pressed to explain how this was done, he would explain as much as he could about he Eucharistic Mysteries and how they confer eternal life. Therefore, the pagan or catecheumen who was hearing this and hearing the word of Jesus was indeed hearing the Word of God, for these were God's words to mankind. Now, if someone else came around with another interpretation, would that interpretation be the same as what Jesus Himself said? Of course not!! Therefore, would those words actually BE the Word of God? Again, of course not? They are not the same as what Jesus Himself taught to the apostles. So if you are hearing verses from a book combined with teaching that denies what these verses teach, are you really hearing the Word of God as Jesus taught it. NOPE!!!! NOT AT ALL. And WHO, pray tell, determined that this was the EXACT and PRECISE meaning of Jesus' word? None other than the Church which was led by St. Peter and founded upon the depositum fidei of the apostles, dutifully handed down from generation to generation. From one generation to the next, the teaching had the same CORE VALUE. Oh, the administration of that truth might change with culture and time, but the BASE CORE TRUTH itself remained. Likewise, it was the Church who decided the 73 books of the Bible. In fact, it is the Church which has all authority on Heaven and earth to make authorative and binding moral judgements, and all mankind will be judged according to either their obedience to those declarations or their rebellion against them. The Catholic Faith is the Word of God in expression, praxis, and truth. All others are simply a watered down version of Jesus words, a changing of 1500 centuries of teaching, and very, very possibly, teachings which cannot save one's soul at all, for the salvation of mankind and our souls was entrusted to the Church, and to no other Body BUT the Church. Think on it. PS I noticed the other day, when I went to a link provided on John McArthur's "teachings" that the one thing that stood out LIKE A SORE THUMB was the complete absence of any patristic writings. Very understandable, for if you are going to try to teach a new religion which has Jesus' name stuck to it, you better be sure that the original teachings of the original believers are nowhere to be seen near what you believe!!!