JJ: The Word SOLA SCRIPtura is a coined term by men, so is the label Roman Catholics…I find it amusing that you keep trying to keep everyone who isnt a CAtholic away and off by calling ALL other source of debate – SOLA SCRIPTURA….just because Christians Listened to the word of God, and keep to the bible, and not from Men, nor from Traditions, nor by Rituals nor by a so called High Priest, …When there only is one ~ God himself and Jesus Christ himself whom we should listen to and not get distracted by so many Man Made traditions and arguments just because The Roman Catholics was formed by the Emperor first to regulate this “religion”…Wake up…Read the whole bible and find out Love,…in its form and how God want us to OBEY…and not be like Pharisees and get stuck to own vision.
BFHU: I have read the Bible many times especially as a Sola Scriptura Protestant. I studied with a Greek Interlinear and Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words along with Strong’s and Young’s concordances.
I know what Sola Scriptura means. But it most certainly is a Tradition of Men, first pronounced by Martin Luther a mere 500 years ago. Sticking to the Bible Alone is a wonderful theory. It sounds like a good idea and one that would work.
If I just read my Bible myself, the Holy Spirit will lead me into all Truth.
I agree it should work. The Holy Spirit could do that. It is a great Theory. However it has several problems:
1) It cannot be found anywhere in Scripture so it is self-refuting. If the idea of sticking to scripture alone and not to Apostolic Teaching (Catholic Sacred Tradition), not rituals, not Pope’s etc is held so dogmatically by Protestants then why can’t they find this teaching in Scripture? Why are they so unconcerned that Sola Scriptura is not in Scripture? How can they criticize Catholics for not having everything in Scripture whey they don’t either?
2) The newest parts of the Bible were written nearly 2000 years ago. The oldest parts of the Old Testament were probably written at least 3,200 years ago by men from cultures very different from our own. The Theory of Sola Scriptura falls apart and disproves its validity because a person in 2013 who sits down by himself with his Bible cannot accurately interpret everything in scripture unhinged from history and an understanding of the cultures in which the various books were written…unless of course it is true that the Holy Spirit will accurately interpret scripture for them despite ignorance of all these historical issues.
3) The Theory of Sola Scriptura is disproven because it has resulted in a chaos of conflicting interpretations in the hands of laymen and preachers. And this has in turn, given birth to thousands of various Protestant denominations rather than unity of interpretation given to every Christian by the Holy Spirit. So, despite the fact that the Holy Spirit could cause every person who ever read Scripture to accurately understand it, He has not done this.
4) Protestant disunity, due to the belief in Sola Scriptura, is in direct opposition to Jesus who said:
20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; 21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may [f]believe that You sent Me.
John 17:22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
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