Sunday, November 11, 2018

Answering Practical Objections To Sola Scriptura

  • 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 concepts. Sola Scriptura was still possible for the early Christians because:
            *Scripture can be taught orally by those who are literate.
            *Scripture can still be memorized 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 Christians.
          -The fact that persecution of Christians in the early church was problematic for the spread of the gospel did not reduce the importance of the unconverted hearing that message. In similar fashion, illiteracy rates would indeed be a problem for the study of Scripture. But at the same time, that point does nothing to lessen the authority of Scripture.
          -If the Lord Jesus Christ passed on infallible, extra-biblical oral traditions that were meant to be heard by the layman, then what about the people who are deaf? If illiteracy rates disqualify Scripture from functioning as the only infallible rule of faith, then is the Roman Catholic "three-legged stool" disqualified because deaf people cannot hear oral teaching?
  • Concerning Malnutrition In The Early Church:
          -Everybody had the same fundamental diet. It takes no more nourishment to understand teachings found in a catechism or newspaper than it does to understand passages of Scripture.
  • The Invention Of The Gutenberg Printing Press In 1436:
          -The underlying problem with the "practical arguments" against Sola Scriptura is that they misrepresent the doctrine. All it means is that Scripture alone is the ultimate standard of authority in spiritual matters. These points, however relevant, are separate issues that need to be addressed on their own terms. These points do not undermine the truthfulness of Sola Scriptura, or other articles of the Christian faith such as the Trinity.
          -In order to refute Sola Scriptura, one actually has to demonstrate that the principle is unbiblical or conflicts with Scripture. The authority of Scripture is not determined by our intelligence. The authority of Scripture is not determined by our health. The authority of Scripture is not determined by its availability. Scripture is inherently authoritative because it is God-breathed.

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