Sola Scriptura: A tradition of Men


imagesCharles: Peter said that the scriptures came by the Holy Spirit not by the thoughts of men. The prophets and apostles then wrote them down under the Holy Spirits guidance..

No interpretation of the scriptures can disagree with the scriptures since the scripture comes from God and interpretations come from man.

 

BFHU: Dear Charles,We totally agree with most of your first paragraph above until you get to this assertion:

Charles: “No interpretation of the scriptures can disagree with the scriptures”

BFHU: INTERPRETATION is the crux of the problem. Lots of interpretations among Protestants, disagree with each other. They are mutually exclusive and therefore cannot all be true. So some interpretations have to be in error. Therefore, everyman has NOT BEEN GIVEN THE GIFT OF INFALLIBLE INTERPRETATION BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

Charles: Now you have to choose – what is the foundation of the Christian faith

– is it the Bible or men’s traditions.

So if you had to choose between the bible or tradition which would you choose when confronted with a new tradition….?

BFHU: We choose scripture every time over the traditions of men. That is why the Catholic Church REJECTS Scripture alone. Sola Scriptura IS a tradition of men begun by Martin Luther.
But the Bible does not contain all of the teachings of Jesus.

John 20:30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;
John 21:25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

All of these other teachings were passed on by “men able to teach”. And just as you say were eventually written down, as in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Heresies arise in every generation and will lead some into error but the answer to this is NOT to grasp at a mere tradition of men such as Scripture Alone but to address the problem with the Complete Teachings of Jesus contained in the Apostolic teaching of the Catholic Church.

Therefore, if I was ever confronted with a new and suspect tradition I would find out what the earliest Christians believed about that idea or any teachings that refuted it.
This is exactly why I am now Catholic. The early Christian Church did not teach anything close to any of the Protestant denominations but they were undeniably Catholic!!!

Do you think you can infallibly interpret scripture?

Charles: Yes

BFHU: Let us take note that in answer to my question:

Do you think you can infallibly interpret scripture?

Charles said,
“Yes”

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2 Responses

  1. I just read 13 of the bio of 50 priests who left the Church of Rome & so far everyone of them has said that they were taught that they were saved by works.

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