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Sunday, April 16, 2017

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Refuting Practical Objections To Sola Scriptura

  • Defining The Issues:
           -The purpose of this article is to address the arguments against Sola Scriptura that operate on the basis on inconvenience. In other words, this paper seeks to defend Sola Scriptura against objections that point to earlier periods of Christian history which would have made the application of the biblical principle difficult. These are: 1.) High illiteracy rates and poor quality education, 2.) Most families in early Christianity were impecunious or destitute/severely malnourished, and 3.) The invention of the Gutenberg printing press in 1436. In short, critics try to dismiss the credibility of the Fundamentalist view of biblical authority by trying to prove that such involved in the impossible back in the day. Although the historical scenarios presented above are certainly not positive, they do not in any way refute the doctrine of Sola Scriptura.
  • General Points Of Consideration:
           -The underlying problem behind the "practical" arguments against Sola Scriptura is that they misrepresent what the biblical doctrine means. In other words, these objections totally miss the meaning of Sola Scriptura. All that adherents to the principle are saying about the Bible is that it is the only infallible rule of faith for the church. Illiteracy rates, bodily nutrition, and the distribution of Bibles are completely different issues than the authority of the Bible itself. They have nothing to due with the truthfulness of Sola Scriptura, or any important article of the Christian faith such as the incarnation, virgin birth of Jesus Christ, or the hypostatic union. The practical objections to Sola Scriptura are therefore irrelevant.
            -The authority of Scripture is not determined by the intelligence of the human race, the availability of the Scriptures, or by how healthy people are.

  • Concerning High Illiteracy Rates In The Early Church:
           -Being illiterate does not mean that a person is dumb or has less of an ability to understand things. Sola Scriptura was still possible for the early church:
            *Scripture can be taught orally by those who are literate.
            *Scripture can still be memorize or recited from memory.
            *Scripture can still be studied, though it may take more time to grasp the meaning behind certain passages of Scripture.
            *The Scriptures were read in the Synagogues and churches. In fact, the heretics of the early church would use Scripture to engage orthodox members of Christianity.
           -While it is true that illiteracy rates can pose a problem for the transmission of biblical doctrines, they have nothing to do with the alleged insufficiency of Scripture or the need of an infallible teaching authority. The ruthless persecution of Christians hinders the spread of the gospel, but that does not in any way suggest that hearing and accepting the preached message is somehow unnecessary for salvation or of less importance to mankind.
           -If, as Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox apologists claim, that Jesus Christ passed on infallible, extra-biblical oral traditions that were meant to be heard by the "common Christians", then what about the people who are deaf? If illiteracy rates disqualify Scripture from functioning as the only inspired rule of faith for the church to operate on, then the Catholic/Orthodox "rules of faith" must also be disqualified because deaf people cannot hear oral teaching.        

  • What About The Invention Of The Printing Press In The 1400's?:
           -Christians produced copies of the Scriptures by handwriting them on to scrolls and worked diligently to preserve already existing manuscripts. Because of the painstaking labor of the early Christians to contend for the faith, there are literally thousands of reliable biblical manuscripts which form the basis of the Bibles that we study daily. We even have copies that can be traced back in history as early as 130 AD! Furthermore, there are several extensive quotations directly from Scripture in the volumes of writings produced by the church fathers. To use the later invention of the printing press and illiteracy rates as reasons for rejecting Sola Scriptura is to simply speak hogwash.

  • Concerning Malnutrition In The Early Church:
           -It takes no more nourishment to understand the catechisms or other teachings of church leaders than it does to understand the phrases recorded within the pages of the Bible.
           -It is highly improbable that the leaders of the early church had a "higher ability" to learn than the "common people" because they all ate the same basic diet.