The failure to fully grasp the typology of the Old Testament in regards to the New has become the thistle at the root of the Catholic\Protestant theological break started by thereformers in the sixteenth century. Unfortunately, the theological implications of losingthis typological view are at such a forefront to the Protestant vision that it is impossible tolook beyond this theological dissidence (Eucharist, prayers to saints, image “worship”,and the like) to see the log embedded in its eye – which is skewing its vision of thesetopics as a whole. It may be said with conservative accuracy that a return to thetypological approach of the Old Testament would be invaluable in bridging the gap between Protestants and Catholics of the 21
Century. If anything else, a typologicalapproach could drastically change the main conflict between Protestants and Catholics,which is authority.Typological exegesis shows that the Church is God’s universal family, is rooted in thetruth, cannot fail in matters of faith and morals, was purchased at the price of Jesus’ own body, and is the greatest realization of God’s characterization as bridegroom of His people – who thus take the position of His bride. With this, the intimacy of God’s lovesurpasses that of the marital act of a man and his bride, and enters into an eternal act of love between the infinite God and His adopted people. As the Pope states,“Corresponding to the image of a monotheistic God is monogamous marriage. Marriage based on exclusive and definitive love becomes the icon of the relationship between Godand his people and vice versa. God's way of loving becomes the measure of humanlove.”
Failing to grasp this notion leads to a distorted view of spirituality, and ultimatelyto the acceptance of demonic suggestions that destroy and pervert Christianity as a whole.One such suggestion is that freedom is determined by a human form of government - placing the State political ideals above Christ and His Church.The tendency to regard the Nation State’s political ideologies as the main source of hopederives from the theological errors in the Protestant Eschatological view. This view takenas a whole has affected the diplomacy of United States of America, especially in regardsto the Israeli people in Palestine and further dealings in the Middle East. As the pastPresidential election shows, partisan fervor for the current political ideology has created bitter conflict throughout the Western World - owing to the emphasized hope placed inthe political ideologies of the right or the left. Accordingly, hope in the state substitute’sreal hope, which lies in God Himself and His Church.
Thus, the plan of the enemy isnow manifesting itself fully through a thorn embedded 500 years ago, which has longsince been forgotten – typological exegesis.
Protestant Theology in General:
Protestantism as a whole, and by definition, rejects the Church as God’s choseninstrument for salvation. In Protestantism the Church is simply a community of believers, with little to no authority or power. Protestants would reject some or all of thefollowing Catholic views about the Church: she is the unblemished Bride of Christ, thefamily of God,
the mystical Body of Christ,
the institution begotten byChrist who holds all authority on faith and morals
…etc. We shall see later what thisrejection can lead to among many Protestants – specifically in America.2