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Sola Scriptura II


SOLA SCRIPTURA...PART 2

Sola Scriptura means, 'If it is not in the Bible, I will not believe it'. Ask a Protestant if he believes in Sola Scriptura. If he/she says 'yes', then ask, 'Why, by what authority do you believe this'? In order for anyone to practice Sola Scripture, then the Scripture for believing that doctrine must be found in the Bible, or else how can they believe it? They will invariably point to 2Tim 3:16-17, "All Scripture is inspired by GOD, and useful for teaching, for reproving, for correcting, for instructing in justice; that the man of GOD may be perfect, equipped for every good work."


Now let us use our good old 'common sense' and examine these verses.


1. Q. Does verse 16 say 'ONLY' Scripture? No, it says 'ALL' Scripture. Now just what does this mean? What is 'ALL' Scripture? 2Timothy was written by St. Paul at about 65-66 A.D., since he was martyred soon after in 67 A.D.. What Scripture did Paul refer to? What Scripture was available to Timothy at this early time in Christianity?


2. Q. But weren't there were a few N.T. books written by the time Paul wrote 2 Tim?


3. Q. How can it be O.T. only? Did not the Apostles teach about Jesus Christ and all that He had done?


4. Q. What about 'useful for teaching'?


5. Q. But verse 17 said the man of GOD may be perfect, equipped for every good work.


Now to sum it up and tie it all in a neat little package, we have to back up one more verse to 2Tim 3:14, "But do you continue in the things you have learned and that have been entrusted to you, knowing of whom you have learned them." What is this verse telling us? Paul said, 'continue in the things I have taught you'. Paul taught them orally as demonstrated time and again in Acts. He tells Timothy to continue in the traditions. If you take 2Tim 3:14-17 in context, Paul tells Timothy to keep the traditions at first, and then to use Scriptures to advantage at the end. He is saying, 'Tradition', and 'Scripture' go hand in hand. Sola Scriptura therefore is not Biblical.

Sola Scriptura is not historical either, as the 'doctrine' did not exist for the first 1500 years of Christianity. There were no Bibles for the masses, as each one had to be hand copied by Monks. Each copy took many years to produce and they were prohibitively expensive. Even if copies were plentiful, which they weren't, the vast majority of the population of the world was illiterate and could not read them anyway. Sola Scriptura is therefore not workable, as there was no Scripture for the 'masses' to use.

The false doctrine of Sola Scriptura, first proclaimed by Martin Luther, created the 'everyone for himself' syndrome for Bible interpretation. Each individual would claim, 'the Holy Spirit told me'. This thinking flies into the face of what the Bible actually teaches, that individual interpretation of Scripture cannot be done. See Acts 8:27-39, and 2Pet 1:20, and 2Pet 3:16-18. Belief in Sola Scriptura is the primary reason for the fact that there are over 28,000 splinters in Protestantism. There can be only one truth, and yet each splinter claims, 'the Holy Spirit told me'. Each claims the truth, yet each has differences with the others. Truth is one, therefore all Churches should be united in the one truth. Are we led to believe there over 28,000 Holy Spirits, each telling a protestant sect something different, or maybe one Holy Spirit giving a different truth to each? The doctrine of Sola Scripture is clearly a false doctrine invented by mere men, and has no Scriptural basis whatsoever.


Anyone who believes in the false doctrine of Sola Scriptura, and rejects tradition, is taking away from the Word of GOD. They are therefore in violation of all of the Bible verses which admonish, "Do not add to, or take away from, the Word of GOD." Deut 4:2, 11:32, 13:1, Psa 12:7, 33:4,
Psa 50:16-17, Prov 5:7, 30:5-6, Jer 23:36, Gal 1:8, 1Pet 1:24-25, 2Pet 3:15-16, Rev 22:18-20

I think if anyone is really serious about believing in Sola Scriptura, then he must agree that the Bible has to spell out the doctrine, or he cannot believe in it. If that is the case, then please, someone show me the verse, so I can believe in Sola Scriptura too?

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