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Is Going By The Bible Alone Biblical and Logical?

May 30, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 204

Catholics are often criticized by their Protestant (non-Catholic christian) brothers and sisters for not going by the Bible alone. Catholics, besides having sacred scripture, also use sacred Tradition to guide them. Which is more biblical and logical?

Using the bible alone as ones sole rule of faith is also known as sola scriptura, which is Latin for 'scripture alone'. Sola scriptura involves using nothing but the bible to guides one faith, and essentially guide someone how to be the best christian they can be. Another important aspect of bible alone is that the doctrine states everything one needs to know to be a christian is contained in the scriptures, and has no other sources such as church councils.

Catholics on the other hand not only use the scriptures, but believe that sacred Tradition, and sacred scripture flow from the same pool of knowledge, which merge together to contain the fullness of truth. With their teaching stating that one is not more superior to the other, they do not contradict, but complement one another. Church councils also play a role in Catholic teaching, as they confirm the sacred Traditions of the Catholic Church.

The Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura states the bible is to be our sole rule of faith. For this doctrine to be logical, one would expect to find this teaching in scripture. A search of the scriptures actually show no where is this teaching actually in the scriptures... What is contained in scripture actually conflicts with the doctrine of sola scriptura, and tends to support the idea there is a source of Truth beyond scripture. This will be demonstrated from the book of the Matthew.

"And if thy brother does wrong, go, show him his fault between thee and him alone: if he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he hear thee not, take with thee one or two more, that at the mouth of two witnesses or three every word may be established. And if he refuse to hear them, tell it unto the church: and if he refuse to hear the church also, let him be unto thee as the Gentile and the publican." (Matthew 18: 15-17)

If one expected the Bible to be the sole rule of faith, one would expect the last place Jesus would tell somebody to seek classification of the truth, by seeing who is wrong or right regarding a particular fault as per the passage above, would be the Bible. The passage above shows this is not the case, and the place to go to resolve our disagreements is the Church, which according to 1 Tim 3:15 is the pillar and foundation of the truth. If one believed the Bible was more important than teachings of the Church, they should expect the Bible to say the Bible is the pillar and foundation of the truth. But it does not.

The second part of bible alone, is the idea that we do not need a Church to tell us what we need to be a christian, as all one needs is scripture, and Church councils (such as those in the book of Acts) are not important. Well for one, the book of Acts disagrees, which contains Church councils, and is in the Bible.

The logical argument that follows is this. Where in the Bible is the list of the books that should make up the Bible? There is not one. The bible was not composed until 350AD at the Council of Hippo by the Catholic Church. If Church councils do not provide anything we need for the faith, and we only need the Bible, this idea is illogical, as the Bible itself relies on the Church Council of Hippo. As the council, inspired by the Holy Spirit, determined what books and letters at the time were inspired by God, and would hence make up the Bible.

For a in-depth discussion in this topic you can go to: Is Bible Alone Scriptural?

This article was written by Tyson K., an author of the popular blog Everything Catholic.

For more discussions on scripture, apologetics, social justice, and worship please visit his blog. Stop by, and even leave a comment, question, or rebuttal.

God bless.

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