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[quote:3opagkdi]The first thing that they say is that the words “the Bible alone” is not found in Scripture and they are right. But things like the Trinity are never by word mentioned, yet we see the Trinity is taught and is very Biblical. So this cannot be used as an argument because there are many reasons to which it clearly teaches that it’s very Biblical to use Scriptures as the authoritative item when seeking answers to our problems. [/quote:3opagkdi]

This is a non sequitor.

As far as the Trinity not being contained within Holy Scripture consider the following:

1Jo 5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ: not by water only but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit which testifieth that Christ is the truth.
1Jo 5:7 [color=blue:3opagkdi]And there are Three who give testimony in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three are one.[/color:3opagkdi]
Joh 14:26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.

Joh 15:26 But when the Paraclete cometh, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceedeth from the Father, he shall give testimony of me.

1Pe 1:2 According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace unto you and peace be multiplied.

Jud 1:20 But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
Jud 1:21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.

Mat 28:19 Going therefore, teach ye all nations: [color=blue:3opagkdi]baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. [/color:3opagkdi]
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.

2Co 13:13 (13:12) All the saints salute you.
2Co 13:14 (13:13) The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the charity of God and the communication of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen.

In contrast, neither the words ‘sola scriptura’ nor the concept is to be found anywhere in Holy Scripture, Catholic Tradition, or the teachings of the Church. What is found is just the opposite.

[quote:3opagkdi]Doesn’t Jesus, Himself, tell us this when He said that, “…It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God?” (Luke 4:4)[/quote:3opagkdi]

Yes, and the operative word is[color=red:3opagkdi] “every”. [/color:3opagkdi]Live by EVERY word of God. That includes the written as well as that handed down by Tradition, as well as that taught by the Church guided by the Holy Spirit.

[b:3opagkdi]Your argument has just shot down sola scriptura[/b:3opagkdi].

Note that He also said the following:

To the Apostles (the first Catholic Bishops) he said: “He who [color=red:3opagkdi]hears[/color:3opagkdi] you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” (Cf. Luke 10:16).

Once again, we see the use of the word “hear”. Clearly, if Jesus had established Protestanism’s fabrication of sola scriptura, He would have said: “He who reads your writings, reads My words.”.

God said the following also:

“You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it; that you may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.” (Deu 4:2)

“Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” (Prov 30:5-6)

“But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to that which we preached to you, let him be accursed. ” (Gal. 1: 8 )

“And count the forbearance of our Lord as salvation. So also our beloved brother Paul wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, speaking of this as he does in all his letters. There are some things in them hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other scriptures.” (2 Peter 3:15-16)

“I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Rev. 22: 18-19)

These citations are not to be ignored. Clearly, Luther ignored them.