Straining gnats so we can swallow camels, are we?stanley123 said:Where was it revealed that a bishop should not marry, but priests may marry?ialmisry said:Of course.stanley123 said:I thought it was asserted that the belief in Purgatory was wrong because God revealed no such thing, and the Apostles taught no such thing.ialmisry said:Who claimed that?stanley123 said:Is your claim then that there is nothing which the Orthodox Church teaches, except that which is directly revealed in Scripture? This seems to me like it is a serious error.ialmisry said:No, it's wrong because God (who alone knows) revealed no such thing, and the Apostles (upon whom we must depend for our information) taught no such thing.
Wouldn't this then imply that according to your belief, one should not believe anything which was not either revealed by God or was not taught by the Apostles?
Have you read the Epistles of St. Paul?
Where was it revealed that you should use either the Julian calendar or the revised Julian calendar, but not the Gregorian calendar?
Where was it revealed that you are allowed to divorce twice, but not three times?
Where was it revealed that you should not have organ music in Church services?
Where was it revealed that artificial birth control was wrong before 1960, but that after 1960 the teaching was loosened somewhat?
Also, did the Apostles specifically write down and teach that Mary had one and only one child, or was this something that was clarified a little later?
Where was it revealed that baptism by pouring on the forehead is wrong?
Also it was revealed that women should cover their heads in Church, and yet I see in the Orthodox churches in the USA, that this teaching has developed to the extent that very few women do so.
You still seem to be accusing me of sola scriptura, when I haven't (nor do I) appealed to sola scriptura.