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From a Catholic perspective, having to rely on the Scriptures alone to prove the teachings of the Church is illogical and "unbiblical." This is because we only know of the inspiration of the Scriptures due to the teaching authority of the Catholic Church, who determined the canon of Scripture at the end of the fourth century. Nothing in Scripture tells
us what Scriptures are inspired, what books belong in the Bible, or that Scripture is the final authority on questions concerning the Christian faith. To the contrary, while every Scripture passage in the
Bible is inspired (see, for example, 2Tim 3:16 in reference to the Old Testament Scriptures), it is the Church, not the Scriptures, that is
the pillar and bulwark of the truth. (1Tim 3:15) and the final arbiter on questions of the Christian faith (Mat 18:17)."

"What Church? Scripture reveals this Church to be the one Jesus Christ built upon the rock of Saint Peter (Mat 16:18). By giving Peter the keys of authority (Mat 16:19), Jesus appointed Peter as the chief
steward over His earthly kingdom (cf. Isa 22:20-22), and charged Peter to be the source of strength for the rest of the apostles (Luke 22:32) and the earthly shepherd of Jesus' flock (John 21:15-17). Jesus further gave Peter, and the apostles and elders in union with him, the power to bind and loose in heaven what they bound and loosed on earth. (Mat 16:19, 18:18). This teaching authority did not die with Peter and the
apostles, but was transferred to future bishops through the laying on of hands (e.g., Acts 1:20, 6:6, 8:18, 9:17, 13:3; 1Tim 4:14, 5:22; 2Tim 1:6). It is through the teaching authority and apostolic tradition(1Cor 11:2; 2Thess 2:15, 3:6) of this Church, who is guided by the Holy Spirit (John 14:16,26, 16:13), that we know of the divine inspiration
of the Scriptures, and the manifold wisdom of God. (cf. Eph 3:10).


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