Critique of THE PROTESTANT'S DILEMMA by Devin Rose


Page 15: I realized then that all I had learned about Christianity came from an Evangelical Protestant perspective. My friends had bought me a large, well-annotated New International Version of the Bible; I read it from cover to cover and then read it again. When I didn’t understand something, which was often, I would look down to see if there was an explanatory note about it, and I usually found one – given through an Evangelical Protestant filter. When I had questions about Christianity, I would ask my Evangelical friends, and they would answer me according to what they believed was true. Meanwhile I prayed that Jesus would guide me into the denomination that was truest. Having discovered him, I wanted to be as close to him as possible.
Note: Devin Rose should have gone beyond discovery and fallen in love with Jesus Christ.
Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. Ephesians 6:24.

Page 16: The first problem, it seemed to me, forced us to conclude that it was possible for different Christians – all claiming to be “led by the Holy Spirit” and all basing their beliefs on “the Bible alone” – to veer off in different, mutually exclusive directions. Throughout history, I discovered, some person or group within a Protestant church came to believe differently than the others and broke off to form his own, new denomination. Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth and would never lead people to believe something untrue, at least some of the Christians who thought they were listening accurately to the Spirit’s promptings, in reality were not.
Note: In reality, millions of Catholic and Protestant Christians do not have a testimony of Jesus Christ.
“But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me” John 15:26.

Page 16: The second problem was of a different sort, because it struck at the root of my faith: We believed in the “Bible alone,” which meant we had to know with confidence which books made up the Bible. Yet here we had the Catholic Church claiming that my Bible was missing seven books that God had inspired and therefore desired to be included. How did I know who was right?
Note: The Catholic Church has continued to cling to texts that have been rejected for thousands of years.
After the Protestant Reformation, many Protestant Bibles began to follow the Jewish canon and exclude the additional texts, which came to be called Biblical apocrypha. Wikipedia Encyclopedia.

Page 17: I was dumbfounded and unsettled. The Catholic Church taught things about Mary, purgatory, the saints, the sacraments, and priests that I thought were completely bogus. But I tried to set this bias aside and be objective. With a sense of dread, I began investigating the Catholic Church in earnest, looking and hoping for something that would let me off the hook to return to Protestantism in peace. Alas, I failed to find it.
Note: Devin Rose apparently did not look for or follow Jesus Christ.
Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. John 1:35-37.

Page 17: My road to Rome began with taking the risk that God might be real, with the discovery that he loved me and was worth trusting. As I trusted him, I felt confident enough to question myself – including my Protestant perspective.
Note: Devin Rose should have put his trust into Jesus Christ.
 “And in His name Gentiles will trust.” Matthew 12:21.

Page 18: I brought such an analysis with me into my newfound faith, and I discovered that Protestantism’s tenets led to untenable conclusions. It simply was not possible to maintain a reasonable basis for my Christian faith while remaining Protestant. At least one ad hoc leap was required – accepting a given set of books as inspired Scripture – but once I chose to endorse such a leap, I had no basis to criticize someone who made a different leap (say, for instance, that the Book of Mormon or the Koran was also inspired by God).
Note: Devin Rose can find fault with Protestants but not LDS or Muslims?
Critics point out that the Book of Mormon contains references to various plants and animals (horses, swine, etc.) that did not exist in the Americas at the time of the story. Critics also point out that the Book of Mormon contains references to various technologies (chariots, steel, etc.) that did not exist in the Americas at the time of the story. Wikipedia Encyclopedia.
Note: Islam is a hate-filled religion where the word love is not found in the index of the Quran.

Page 19: My ultimate goal, of course, is to demonstrate that the Catholic Faith is more plausible than Protestantism; that the Catholic Church is what it claims to be. In so doing I hope to clear away obstacles to believing in everything that Christ’s Church teaches and proclaims to be revealed by God.
Note: The Christian Faith is grounded in Jesus Christ not a legal corporation in Rome.
And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:14.

Pages 19-20: I can only plod along with you to help you reach that point of decision. From there, it is up to you to accept the wings the Holy Spirit gives you so that you can launch and fly. So put on your thinking cap, say a prayer, and join me in this exploration of our Christian faith: the history, the people, the theology. Let’s see what we discover!
Note: The Christian Faith is grounded in Jesus Christ not a legal corporation in Rome.
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:13.