Really this is what separates us from our “separated brethren”, the issue of Scripture alone. Catholic apologetics have used scripture to totally defeat that argument. So instead of boring you with the scripture side of the argument, let’s look at the historical aspect of Sola Scriptora.
The first couple of hundred years of theChrist’s church is a good place to start off at. The first“Bible” was not in print until somewhere close to the fifth or so century. This means that the first centuries of the early Church went off the preaching of the successors of the apostles. There was no Bible. This poses in interesting question, what did they do for those years? If Jesus founded his Church on the Bible, He needed to have the Bible printed automatically. The books of the Bible, as we now know them, were not ratified until the fourth or fifth century. The“late” Bible printing has another question it asks, what did the martyrs die for? If scripture alone was what these Catholics built their faith on, then there was
nothing for them to believe in. There was no Bible. Now as a side note, I used the word “Catholics” in the last sentence on purpose; there were no Protestants before the sixteenth century. So now the first years of the Church were without the Bible.
Ok so let us go several more centuries. During this time, the printing procedure back then was really slow. It took a monk (got to give credit where it is due) a year to write the whole Bible. It was hand
written out, and if there were more than 10 mistakes the whole page was thrown out. The material that was written on in that time was animal skins. After theskins were acquired they had to go through a bunch of steps to make them usable. When it was all said and done, the Bible would typically cost about a
year’s worth of wages. Anyone want a Bible? Not only the expense, but these materials did not last long, usually only ten or so years. So over the course of these years Bibles were there, just not readily available to the general public.
So now we have that great invention of the printing press. Unfortunately the Protestant revolt was strong in many parts of Europe. The Protestants used this invention to promulgate their doctrine. Contrary to what some believe, Christians did not base their belief on the Bible once they got their hands on it; or that the Catholic Church locked the Bibles so no one could see the “truth”. The fact of the matter is that if one
promulgates a lie long enough it becomes truth in people’s eyes. The CatholicChurch did have its Bibles locked up. For a good reason though, remember how much they were worth? To have a year’s wages sitting on a table is asking for it to be missing one day. Also, the Bibles were written in Latin, a large majority of the laypeople could not read Latin. Without the ability to read Latin, the Bibles were unreadable to them.
As seen, for the first fifteen-hundred years of Christ’s Church’s existence the Bible was not available. So then if Sola Scripture is correct, the Christians for fifteen-hundred years did not have the foundation for their belief. On the other hand, it is much more creditable to say that the Church is the pillar and foundation of Christian faith, as pointed out in 1 Timothy 3:15. God bless!
I took information from Steve Ray’s talk
“Finding the Fullness of Faith”. I highly recommend you listening to it.
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