Yes, certainly, you could go back and examine the decisions they've made. If the Holy Spirit will witness to you directly, as he did to them, what would prevent you from doing so?
Which statements exactly do you find conflicting?
In order to know what it correctly says, you must "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15KJV) And not just an ordinary student either, but diligent, as the verse stresses. You are studying the "Word of life".
My comparison of you with those teachers within the Catholic church has nothing to do with defining your nature, but rather to remind you that you are in the same position before God, as all sinners, ordained ministers or otherwise. Do you recall I said you need to determine your bearing, and then fall in with someone who is going the same direction as you, but more experienced and knowledgeable? This is one of the functions of the NT local church-
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: (Eph 4:11-12)
However, you should never completely give your heart and mind's training over to anyone, without consideration for their abilities, and moral qualifications. Please notice the standard is very high for one to be qualified:
1Ti 3:2-9 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (3) Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; (4) One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; Notice he is not celibate by the way (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) (6) Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. (7) Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (8) Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; (9) Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
Although, even if you join yourself to such a local church, with a qualified pastor and deacons, you are still not absolved from the need to study on your own, and verify what you've been taught is consistent with Scripture. Note here Paul's praise of the Bereans for having this habit:
These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Act 17:11)
As I answered earlier, and which answer is of course subjective, at some point, faith that God will lead you right, if you do everything you can, is the final answer. For you, since you have special questions about the canonization process of the bible, I would say that would include getting a couple of books on the subject.
You are referring to Eph 4:13 I believe-
"Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:"
Paul is describing an ongoing process that eventually is completed as a future state. It a growth that begins in this life within the local church, as verses 11 and 12 make clear. We are to strive towards this as individual Christians, but it describes the future corporate state of the body of Christ, which cannot be attained in this life because the sins of the individual.
I did want to address this statement with some biblical instruction- If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, it is an effectual transaction once and for all:
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (Joh 1:12) Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (Joh 1:13)
You are born into the family of God, now one of his children. It's a one time deal. It cannot be undone by you, as it was not accomplished by you. Here is another verse that makes this clear:
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph 2:8-9)
Notice also the order of events here:
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,(Eph 1:13). This seal cannot be broken my man.
You have an adoption paper that releases you from the fear of your inability to match God's perfect standard, and His subsequent rejection: "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father." (Rom 8:15)
Okay Chris, that should be enough to work through for one post.