|SOLA SCRIPTURA or THE BIBLE ALONE AS OUR
The following 'letter' is in answer to the objection, that some have, of The Catholic
Church using both Scripture and Sacred Tradition for its Teachings.
To Whom It May Concern;
I applaud you in that you seem fair in representing the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Many have not done the research that you have. In turn they misrepresent the teachings
of The Church. But, so far, you seem to have most of Church teachings correct. Thank
It is true that Catholicism retains the ancient Christian insight that sacred truth comes from
both Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
We read in Second Thessalonians;
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that
you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.
The early Church taught it's followers to hold both 'written' = Scripture & 'oral' = 'Sacred
Tradition' in equal value.
1 Corinthians 10:1 "I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our ancestors were all
under the cloud and all passed through the sea, 2 and all of them were baptized into
Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 All ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the
same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock
was the Christ."
St. Paul makes use of a Rabbinnic Oral Tradition, that the 'rock' followed the Israelites
wherever they went, to show that this 'rock' that Yahweh provided for sustenance to His
People Israel was actually "The Rock", Christ Jesus.
The use St. Paul makes here of Oral Tradition - we know that it is Oral Tradition, because
there is no mention of the rock following the Israelites through the desert in the Old
Testament - can be important for our apologetic defense of the Catholic Church, if we
point out that both Jesus in Mt. 23:2 'the chair of Moses', and here and elsewhere in the
New Testament (Jude 1:9), the New Church makes use of both Oral & Written Tradition.
I need to point out to you because you follow Sola Scriptura that the concept you follow is
anti-biblical. It is also anti-Christian!
Because Christ and His New Church both use Teachings outside the accepted writings of
the time (Scripture). And so, Christ's Church today would follow suit, using both Oral &
Look them up.
Each verse, quoted in the preceding apologetic, used by the early Church is not in the Old
Jesus used teaching outside the written Canon. His followers used the same teaching
technique. They expressed that the early Church should accept, equally, written and oral
Christ's Church still follows His Teachings and example today.
I do appreciate your enthusiasm but, in this case, it is misplaced.
Acts 5:39 But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find
yourselves fighting against God."
Your friend in Christ;
|Therefore, brothers, stand firm and
hold fast to the traditions that you
were taught, either by an oral
statement or by a letter of ours.
2 Thessalonians 2:15