Bible Alone as the sole authority for faith is called Sola Scriptura. This came from the Protestant doctrine during the Reformation revolt in the 1500’s AD.
The Bible does not teach Sola Scriptura or Bible Alone. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the sole authority of the faith. Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church never taught Bible alone and never practiced it. The Bible wasn’t even written when Jesus was on earth. That wasn’t until about 400 years later. Bible Alone wasn’t even taught until the Reformation in the 1500’s.
The whole truth is that Sola Scriptura is a false doctrine. Sola Scriptura creates the sole interpreter of the Bible as the Bible itself, causing an interpretation based on human opinion and multiple errors.
I was at a Lutheran Church awhile back for an occasion. The pastor stated that “we don’t need the Catholic Church to interpret scripture. We can do it ourselves.” This is a serious error. We can’t pick and choose what scripture says, we need God to make the decision of the truth and Jesus gave the authority of interpreting the Scriptures to His Church…the Catholic Church. He did this by giving the “keys of the kingdom” to St. Peter.
Now that we know that the Sola Scriptura is not a true doctrine worthy of belief, let’s look at the Biblical truth and importance of Apostolic Tradition instead. Apostolic Tradition will lead us to the true meaning of Scripture because without it, the meaning will become distorted and full of errors. This is why there are so many churches who can have the same scripture on Sunday but can preach something so different. They are interpreting it on their own.
We need Jesus’ authority and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to interpret Holy Scripture so we don’t get it wrong. If we follow the true interpretation of the Scriptures from the Catholic Church, we will get so much more out of the Scripture. It opens up new doors that we never knew were there. One example is John chapter 6. If you read it with the eyes outside of the Catholic Church, you will see Jesus speaking of a symbol but if you read it with the eyes of Catholic interpretation, you will see the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. You may say, yes but every church has their own ideas about what it means. I say to you that truth has only one interpretation.
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