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Priesthood, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

117- Was The Apostolic Authority Specific Only to them and their Era?

 

St-Takla.org         Image: Christ and the Twelve Apostles c. 1100 صورة: أيقونة المسيح والاثنى عشر تلميذًا - رسم سنة 1100

St-Takla.org Image: Christ and the Twelve Apostles c. 1100

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: أيقونة المسيح والاثنى عشر تلميذًا - رسم سنة 1100

Question (4)

Was The Apostolic Authority Specific Only to them and their Era?

Answer

If such was true, then Christianity should of been a religion designed for a single generation, and not all.

Those who propagate such an idea are attempting to topple the Christian faith without realising, as we have discussed this issue before here on st-takla.org in other sections. If all activities, rites and teachings at the time of the apostles were suspended, the Christian religion would have ceased to exist soon after the departure of the last disciple, saint John.

But if Christianity is to continue for all times, then the apostolic work should also continue uninterrupted even after the departure of the apostles.

Let us consider some examples.

118

Priests and Teaching

119

Priests and The Thanksgiving “Communion”

120

Priests and Baptism

121

Priests and Granting The Holy Spirit

122

Priests The Authority To Absolve And To Guide

123

Priests The Laying On Of Hands

124

The Apostles Are The Foundation


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