Why and how Bible alone aka Sola Scriptura belief kills every time
The Bible wasn't handmade by Jesus Christ nor Jesus Christ delivered it to The Apostles to learn Christian religion from it. Jesus Christ orally taught The Apostles, who were then and in the beginning of their Apostolic preaching illiterate and ignorant men
(Acts 4:13), and orally handed them over
(Engl. to hand over, deliver, entrust = Lat. tradere
) the Christian doctrine which they were to teach all humans for their salvation.
Jesus Christ's oral teaching
wasn't whole contained in The Old Testament Scriptures of The Bible because Jesus Christ revealed to The Apostles many things that weren't there and were only to be revealed by Him: "... the mystery of Christ, which in other generations was not known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit
" (Ephesians 3:4-5).
Not a single book of The Gospel part of The Bible (The New Testament) wasn't written at least during the first generation (15 to 20 years) of Christianity (The Gospel according to Matthew was written at earliest around 45, 50 AD while the first Pentecost was around 30, 33 AD).
So, it is more than clear and certain that the first generation of Christians was exclusively taught The Gospel orally, by tradition
, that is, without any
written text of The Gospel.
From which of necessity follows that the oral Tradition of The Gospel is older than The Bible and is as infallible as The Bible
Were all the things Jesus Christ had said or done written into The Gospel texts of The Bible (cf. John 21:25)? Are all things that weren't written into The Gospel texts mere trifles or, on the contrary, some are important things (cf. 1 Corinthians 11:34)?
There is very scarce text in The New Testament part of The Bible regarding Divine service which Christians are bound
to offer to God if they want to be saved. This is all the more significant since very great part of the first 5 Old Testament books (Pentateuch) is dedicated to details pertaining to the whole Divine service of The Old Covenant (whole book of Leviticus and parts of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).
So, if there were no other rule of Christian religion besides The Bible it would necessarily follow that God doesn't care for Divine service any more and that anarchy and doing as one pleases is permitted in almost whole Divine service. Evidently impossible.
Thus, because many important things regarding e.g. for-salvation-obligatory Divine service aren't in The Bible, The Bible cannot be the sole nor sufficient rule nor foundation of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion.
Consequently it is more than clear and certain that supreme, sufficient and universal rule and foundation of Christian faith, Christianity, Christian religion and The Church have always been The Twelve Apostles and especially Apostle Peter (later, of course, their successors) which truth The Bible confirms
(Matthew 18:18; Apocalypse 21:14; Luke 22:31-32; Matthew 16:19; John 21:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:5; Galatians 1:18 etc.) and that later on the Gospel texts of The Bible
, which were non-existent during the first generation of Christians, and The Bible as whole became supreme and universal but relatively (with respect to important things (e.g. Divine service) not written into it) insufficient rule of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion
How then could the "Sola Scriptura
" or "The Bible alone
" slogan of Protestants be true with respect to the sole and sufficient rule of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion? And how can evidently false "Sola Scriptura
" aka "The Bible alone
" doctrine be from God - The Truth Itself (John 14:6)?
It is obvious that the claim that The Bible has always been the sole and sufficient rule and foundation of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion is a false belief from the father of lies (John 8:44).
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Protestants don't deny that there is doctrinal chaos among them, them who adhere to The Bible alone aka Sola Scriptura doctrine. Nevertheless they claim that doctrinal chaos has existed in The Church at all times, even at the time of The Twelve Apostles. Because, they claim, there have always been people who misunderstood and contradicted Christian doctrine.
The Bible, being a book, cannot tell which of its own statements belong to the essence and foundation of Christian doctrine (so that if not believed aright damnation always necessarily follows, sometimes even being preceded by the loss of the true Christian faith, of membership in The Church or of status of the true Christian) and which don't (so that errors about them don't bring damnation (the eternal punishment) but temporal punishment only nor do they cause the loss of the true Christian faith and membership in The Church).
For example, if one errs regarding the Apostle "James, the son of Alpheus" (Matthew 10:3; Mark 3:18 etc.), by claiming that he isn't the James whose father is Cleophas (Clopas) and mother is Mary (John 19:25; Matthew 27:56; Mark 15:40) then this error is evidently not of such magnitude that it would cost anyone salvation provided there is no other sin.
But if one errs regarding the doctrine of baptisms (Hebrews 6:2; note the plural "baptisms
"!) this error alone will cost him salvation if he knows or is bound to know the doctrine of baptisms.
So The Church, being the pillar and the ground of truth (1 Timothy 3:15), has infallibly defined what is necessary to be believed for salvation/salvation and the true Christian faith and belonging to The Church and has left to pious judgment of the faithful what isn't.
Of necessity follows that there are two possibilities when people who profess to belong to The Church disagree concerning doctrine:
1. they disagree on issues not necessary for salvation and not pronounced upon by The Church which necessarily means they are free to follow their opinions => this obviously isn't doctrinal chaos in The Church;
2. they disagree on issues necessary for salvation/salvation and the true Christian faith and belonging to The Church => this also isn't doctrinal chaos in The Church since it is accessible to all what The Church infallibly teaches all men for salvation and some obey all such teachings and some don't. Of those who disobey, some belong to The Church and some don't in spite of their claims to belong to The Church since they err about doctrine necessary for the true Christian faith and for belonging to The Church and not only for salvation.
Evidently, the claim of the Protestants about doctrinal chaos always and everywhere is a falsity. And it is also evident that The Bible alone is incapable of pronouncing judgments on importance of doctrines it contains and necessarily needs judgments, that is, definitions of the living Church.
The other thing that makes The Bible alone aka Sola Scriptura doctrine responsible for doctrinal chaos is insufficient clarity of The Bible in some places as The Bible itself testifies: "our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, has written to you: ... in all his epistles ... are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.
" (2 Peter 3:15-16).
Thus it is more than obvious that The Bible alone aka Sola Scriptura doctrine is a false doctrine, not from God and is responsible for doctrinal chaos among the Protestants. In The Church, on the contrary, where The Bible isn't alone doctrine is believed there is no doctrinal chaos since there is Divinely established authority and infallible interpretation of difficult passages of The Bible and infallible standard of the true Christian faith.
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Every Protestant congregation has its own beliefs differing from all the other congregations which is the outcome of all of them having no one man with Divine mandate like successor of Apostle Peter (see below) to confirm them in faith.
They reply that their differences are about non-essential beliefs, that is, that only a few Christian beliefs are essential for salvation and that all Protestant congregations agree on them.
If the reply were true, all Protestant congregations would acknowledge being members of a single Protestant congregation and they would co-operate and love each other (John 13:35). The reality is that many Protestant congregations can't stand other Protestant congregations. The reason? Doctrinal differences! If these "non-essential" Christian beliefs were really non-essential there would be no such animosity among many Protestant congregations for doctrinal differences.
Conclusion: what in Protestants' words is non-essential, in reality is essential => the Protestants' words about many Christian beliefs called "non-essential" are false => The Bible alone doctrine is responsible for divisions among Protestants.
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There is no contradiction in more supreme rules of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion because one confirms the others.
It is noteworthy and quite telling how Protestants easily pass over and dismiss the obvious meaning of such striking Bible verses as these:
"And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and you ... confirm your brethren.
" (Luke 22:31-32),
"if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to you as the heathen and publican.
" (Matthew 18:17),
"the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
" (1 Timothy 3:15).
Why was Peter told to confirm his brethren and to have faith that wouldn't fail if he (and each of his successors) wasn't meant to be infallible, supreme and universal rule of Christian faith or religion? How do you tell
The Bible, an inanimate
book, that a Christian doesn't listen to Christian witness(es)? How is The Church the pillar and ground of the truth and the one to have the last word for Christians if it isn't infallible, supreme and universal rule of Christian faith or religion but is only just another assembly of fallible men? Obviously, Protestants blatantly contradict The Bible, the written Word of God and a rule of Christian faith and religion (as they also profess).
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It is manifest from the facts that the supreme rule and foundation of Christianity, Christian faith and Christian religion has been revealed by God in The Bible (see in the paragraphs above) and that it has been incessantly attacked and defended.
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1 Corinthians 4:6 says: "But these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollo, for your sakes: that in us you may learn not (to be disposed) above that which is written
that one be not puffed up against the other for another.".
This, many Protestants claim, is the proof of The Bible alone doctrine stated by The Bible itself.
Yet, 1 Corinthians 1:31 says: "that, as it is written: he that glories may glory in the Lord.
" and 1 Corinthians 3:21 says: "Let no man therefore glory in men.".
So, 1 Corinthians 4:6 says this: "But these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollo, for your sakes: that in us you may learn not (to be disposed)
above that which is written: "he that glories may glory in the Lord; Let no man therefore glory in men
"; that one be not puffed up against the other for another."
Even if we be generous and suppose that Apostle Paul meant "not above that which is written" universally and not only for puffing up would that prove The Bible alone doctrine?
The answer is a resounding "No!" because The Bible Itself tells us to go to The Church, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15; Matthew 18:17), and to the successor of Apostle Peter, to whom alone is given Divine mandate to confirm his Christian brethren in faith (Luke 22:31-32).
So the one who obeys definitions of The Church and of Apostle Peter, that is, his successor in no way
goes above that which is written but obeys that which is written, that is, The Bible. The one who disobeys them, disobeys that which is written, that is, The Bible.
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The Apostles explained The Scriptures beforehand to the Bereans (Berean Jews) so that when the Bereans subsequently searched The Scriptures they had already understood The Scriptures. They only had to check whether it was written in The Scriptures what the Apostles had claimed, not to use The Scriptures as the rule above the Apostles.
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Christian faith is believing Jesus Christ. In order to believe Jesus Christ one must believe what Jesus Christ revealed. Any true
Christian teaching disbelieved necessarily means that the rest what is believed isn't what Jesus Christ-The Truth
(John 14:6) revealed: for He revealed the believed truths and
the disbelieved truth.
Thus with a single disbelieved true Christian teaching, as is the one regarding the supreme and universal rule of Christian faith and Christian religion, the whole Christian faith is gone notwithstanding belief in all the other true Christian doctrines.
Good intention to believe in Jesus Christ doesn't suffice for believing in Jesus Christ as good intention to reach a destination doesn't suffice for reaching of the destination: one must take the correct path to reach the destination or to believe in Jesus Christ. Good intention with a wrong path and one gets lost notwithstanding his good intention.
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Without the true Christian faith no one can stand in God's grace. Thus a single disbelieved true
Christian teaching replaced by false Christian teaching (which Bible alone
teaching is, see above) necessarily kills the true Christian faith (false Christian faith is worthless due to not being from Jesus Christ - God and The Truth Himself (John 14:6) ) and with it necessarily God's grace and salvation.