Q. As long as tradition can have a parallel to the Bible it is as the Bible. But do not be confused, some traditon is not Biblically correct. The doctrine of Vatican II is something Catholic and is not in the Bible..
A. When the Catholic Church talks about Tradition it is referring to the Teachings of the Apostles. This is not changeable either. These are not the “teachings of Men.” As the years passed we understood this teaching more deeply. For instance the Trinity is not explained anywhere in the Bible but it was taught in Oral TRADITION. It is only obliquely referred to in Scripture. That is why the Bible only Jehovah’s Witnesses reject the Trinity.
The reason no doctrine of the Catholic faith contradicts anything in scripture is because the Bible actually came out of the Teaching of the Apostles or the TRADITION of the Catholic Church. Some of it got written down but a lot of it was taught and passed down orally. As St. Paul said:
2 Thessalonians 2:15 So then, brethren,stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.
Unlike most of our Protestant brothers and sisters, who take the Bible and determine the doctrines of their faith by study of the scriptures the Catholic Faith came long before the Bible was canonized. Therefore, we do NOT sit down with the Bible and derive our doctrines OUT of Scripture Alone/ Sola Scriptura. Luther invented that doctrine 1500 years after the time of Christ. And the Catholic Church rejects Luther’s doctrine. We take all of our doctrines directly from the Teaching of the Apostles of Jesus Christ –BOTH ORAL and WRITTEN.
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