Hi, Christians Truth and anyone following our discussion. In this article, I said:
What would you like to discuss next?
You replied: I will let you decide that, if you want.
Great! As you know, I like to take things slow. As I was reading our discussion, it occurs to me that we are touching upon many doctrines. In this series today, we touched upon:
1. The difference between how we read Scripture.
2. The importance of Tradition.
3. The importance of our leaders in the Church.
4. The error of Sola Scriptura….
5. The importance of assembling together.
We've touched upon many doctrines already. So, if you don't mind, I'd like to take up this question because it really includes the other four elements. Let me explain:
The Mass is a Tradition wherein we assemble together to praise God with one mind and mouth. It is in the Mass that we receive the Sacraments and we are taught the Word of God by our Leaders, the Priests. Sola Scriptura teaches that we don't need any of that. So, I think it would be a good topic to continue.
There are several places where the Mass is indicated in Scripture, but those who have discarded the Traditions don't recognize it because they no longer have a context to understand it.
Here are the Scriptures which refer to the Mass:Acts 2:42
[ The Fellowship of the Believers ] They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
King James Version (KJV)
24And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
26For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
And so, it should be clear from that last one, why it is a MORTAL sin to miss the Mass for trivial reasons. Anyway, let us proceed. What do you think?