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CATHOLIC TEACHINGS
REGARDING
SOLA SCRIPTURA I: THE TRADITION


"Sola Scriptura" means "the Bible alone."

Our separated brothers and sisters believe that their faith is planted on solid grounds because they accept the Bible, and only the Bible, as the sole rule of Faith. They claim that they do not need the Lord's appointed Church authority, the Pope, nor the Tradition of the Church. To them, the Bible, and only the Bible, is the pillar and anchor of truth.

My question is, "Is the belief of our separated brothers and sisters really based on solid ground when they say that the Bible alone is the sole rule of faith?"

If every non-Catholic studied the Holy Scriptures, especially those manifested in the teachings of the early Church Fathers, such as Saint Jerome, Saint Basil and Saint Augustine who were Catholics and who were celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, they would come to realize that the teachings of the early Church Father are the same truths (tradition) that the Catholic Church teaches today. I challenge them to do so, unless of course, they do not want to know the truth.

Where in the Holy Bible does it say that a believer must place his faith in the Holy Bible alone and not in the Holy Bible and Tradition?

Some leaders may make reference to Timothy 3:16 where it states, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness..." But, the Holy Bible only says that Scripture is "useful." It does not say that we must believe in the Holy Bible alone.

Some may make reference to Matthew 15:1-9 where Jesus condemned the tradition of the elders. In that specific Biblical passage, Jesus was not condemning all tradition, but only the corrupt tradition of the Pharisees.

Have our separated brothers and sisters not read the words of Saint Paul in the Holy Bible where He gives a strong support in favor of the Tradition? Saint Paul said: "So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter." [2 Thess. 2:15]

In truth, I tell you, the belief of Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone) that is held by our separated brothers and sisters, is not Biblical at all. While the Protestant claim to base their entire belief system on the Bible alone, that principle is nowhere to be found in the Holy Bible.



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