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One of the problems of Sola Sciptura, is it is not upheld by Scripture. A stock “proof text” that many Protestants use is 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is inspired and is [b:2r9894go]useful [/b:2r9894go]for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Well the above misuse of 2 Timothy (and I’ve added the next verse which most Protestants don’t quote because it disproves their teaching against “good work” But you will note it states Scriture is useful, nowhere in the Bible does it say Scripture is the Sole source of Doctrine (teaching), nor the sole source of anything else. What the Bible does say (just a few quotes not an exhaustive list) is the following. In denying the Catholic Teaching of Oral Tradition and Written Tradition (Scripture) one also has to deny what the Bible says. Since you brought up Ron, I’ll also add that he believed that anyone can just pick up the Bible and it would expalin itself, he denied that it was helpful to know the culture, language, and situations that existed when the books where written. But that is a discussion for another thread.
[quote:2r9894go]2 Thes 2:15, “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the [b:2r9894go]traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by [/b:2r9894go]letter.”[/quote:2r9894go]
Traditions! Traditions taught by word of mouth, in other words, oral tradition, and traditions taught by letter. Traditions which they are being told to “stand firm and hold to”. Sacred Scripture and
[quote:2r9894go]1 Cor 11:2, “I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the [b:2r9894go]traditions [/b:2r9894go]even as I have delivered them to you.”[/quote:2r9894go]
The Corinthians are being commended by Paul because they maintain the traditions that he passed on to them. Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition.
[quote:2r9894go]2 Tim 2:2: “and [b:2r9894go]what you have heard from me[/b:2r9894go] before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”[/quote:2r9894go]
What we have here in 2 Timothy is an instance, in Scripture, of Paul commanding the passing on of oral tradition.
[quote:2r9894go]1 Thes 2:13, “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the Word of God [b:2r9894go]which you heard from us[/b:2r9894go], you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the Word of God, which is at work in you believers.”[/quote:2r9894go]
So, they received as the Word of God that which they heard, not simply that which they read in Scripture.
In other words, the Bible clearly supports the Catholic Church’s teaching that the Word of God is contained in both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition