The Protestant “War on Hanukkah” Proves Catholicism More Plausible

Church of Christ readers,
This post’s title is a nod to America’s “culture wars” (which seem to become more of an outrageous outrage this time of year), not to any sort of malice.
Protestantism’s inattention to the Bible’s input about Hanukkah is an indication of which position is in fact more “biblical”. As a reminder, the Catholic Canon (the Bible’s “Table of Contents”) is different than the Protestant Canon; and the Catholic Rule is that both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture are equally intended by God as divine revelation while the Protestant Rule is that of “sola Scriptura” – that the Protestant “Bible alone” is intended to provide all that is necessary for salvation and holy living. (I’ve included links to most of my posts about “Rule of Faith” at the end if you’d like to learn more.)
So what does Hanukkah have to do with anything?
In John 10:35, Jesus taught the Scripture cannot be broken. Verse 35 wasn’t about the subject of Hanukkah; he was referring to established Scripture as he was in the Temple celebrating Hanukkah: It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem; it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon (John 10:22,23).
Here’s the Protestant problem:
The Jewish feast of Hanukkah is prescribed in the Scripture that cannot be broken, which is found in 1 Maccabees 4:36-59 and 2 Maccabees 1:18 (external link here). So, either Jesus treated 1 and 2 Maccabees as Scripture, or He accepted an extra-scriptural tradition. In other words, Jesus offended the future Protestant Rule of Faith in one or two ways: He accepted books as Scripture that Protestantism does not accept, or He appealed to something other than Scripture as a base for His celebration of Hanukkah. Protestantism condemns both scenarios. Hence the [somewhat sarcastic] “war on Hanukkah”!
The Catholic perspective:
The Catholic Church accepts 1 and 2 Maccabees as Scripture, just as Jesus apparently did within John 10:22,23,35. The Catholic Church’s agreement in this case is not an anomaly; nearly all New Testament references to the Old Testament quotes the LXX: the same books that comprise the Catholic – not Protestant – Canon.
So, which position, Catholic or Protestant, is more plausible in this case? The Catholic churches of Christ greet you!
  • © Copyright
    All written material is property of Patrick Vandapool. All rights reserved.
This entry was posted in apologetics, canon, churches of christ and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.