If a Roman Catholic believer rejects the pope as his primary authority on matters of faith he would lose his identity at once. If this troubles you please take a look at what your church says is the authority in matters of faith. Then again faith does not have to be connected to any person or single principle, not when there are thousands of precepts giving people the bases to challenge and evade real authority.
Moses did not give his people life’s bread. Life’s bread is the Son of man. The followers of Moses are in deep denial whether their profession focuses on Israel’s (failed) covenant with Yahweh or the extant covenant in Messiah’s blood. The issue of truthfulness is not that we do not read Moses (the law, the prophets and the writings) but that we understand that all the roads of life and truth radiate from God’s Anointed. Any alternate idea is pure rebellion. You may not have a pope or a cherished set of commentaries and the message of life has not – ever – changed from being good news promising God’s gifts to the helpless and lost ones who believe.
24 perverse verses
There is a book named Acts of the Apostles with a chapter titled Transformed by grace with no reference to the cross. There is not even an oblique mention of the fact of divine atonement in any of the twenty-four paragraphs of that ill-fated chapter.
That someone died to bring grace to humanity has to be number one if one is an approved interpreter of the gospel. Not to the writer of this Acts of the Apostles. Even when the place where grace’s taps were opened – TRANSFORMED BY GRACE – is expected to be the feature the writer reports “It was on mount Sinai” instead of an truthful proclamation of what happened at Golgotha.
Rejected, no benefits accrue
… (10) let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. 11) He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.Acts 4:10-11
Not much difference between Peter’s audience and the bewitched of our times
Counting lies is fashionable these days, as popular as people tallying up the commandments to which they are in compliance. This observation shows that the absence of the truth from a collection of pronouncements can render them utterly destructive and identifiable as demonic.
We read every thing that even hints at being reliable and helpful, but the Holy Spirit, through the sacred texts, protects us from swallowing half-truths and deceptive professions. We are in Christ because we believe in his finished work. Moses and the prophets play no part in enabling faith or in giving us the Holy Spirit as permanent HELP.