The Four Questions 99% of Protestants can’t answer

After a few discussions in the past 24 hours, I am revisiting the Socratic questions that always seem to stymie our separated brethren.

Preface: St. Paul tells us to hold fast to all the Apostle’s teachings, whether by “letter” or “word of mouth” (2 Thess 2:15). Our Lord speaks of the Church having the power to Loose and Bind (Matthew 16:18-19) and frequently speaks of giving us a Church but never speaks of Scriptures as anything other than the Hebrew Scriptures. St. John tells us Jesus said and did many other things that are not recorded in the Bible (21:25). St Peter says that nothing in Scripture is personal interpretation but is to be guided by the Church (2 Peter 1:18-21).
1) So where, in Scripture, is Sola Scriptura? The usual response is some verse about how important Scripture is, but never one that proves it is *exclusive*.
2) Where does the Bible say one must specifically have not just a general foundation for an idea but a specific chapter and verse citation? (Answer, nowhere, since chapters and verses were a Medieval addition and aren’t even consistent among Medieval texts)
3) If one truly believes in “sola Scriptura,” why quote any books or ministers? Is it not really just picking and choosing the Tradition one prefers and calling it Scriptural?
4) Last, but not least, if you are opposed to “secular knowledge,” “images,” etc., what are you doing on the Internet?

4 responses to “The Four Questions 99% of Protestants can’t answer

  1. A question to ponder is that albeit there is a proper role for Church authority, are we to believe that an institution run by fallen men cannot err? For me, the Church has abused its authority at times and on some issues. The Church was given authority, yes, but it was not given license to abuse its authority. I doubt that God is bound by the Church when the Church makes something a sin on its whim without being on solid ground for doing so.

  2. Answer for questions #1 and #2 – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
    #3 – As long as the what the minister teaches or book cited is supported by Scripture, is good for edification. Even St. Jerome said the apocryphal books were not inspired and riddled with errors, they OK to read and teach for edification because they were based in Jewish culture/history..
    #4 – Who said Protestants are opposed to secular information that is not sinful? Its a question of quality of worship. What’s better in worship. Secular that has nothing to do with Christianity, or Scripture and Christian-based music?

    Look at that. A Protestant could answer your questions. 🙂

    • #1
      2 TImothy 3:16-17 is the the proof text for Scripture *and* tradition. It says nothing about “The Bible Alone.”
      2 Timothy 3:16-17 says nothing about chapter and verse citations. It cannot. Chapters and verses did not exist when the NT books were written
      But it’s not “sola Scriptura,” then. I’ve never met anyone who was truly “sola Scriptura.”
      Who said that? I’ve encountered many Fundamentalists who deny modern science because it’s not in the Bible. But it’s the logical conclusion of “sola Scriptura.”

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