Sola Scriptura? Is the Bible the exclusive means by which God's Word is transmitted?

As Catholics we love and revere the Sacred Word of God handed down to us through the Scriptures, the written Word of God. We also equally accept and love the Word of God handed down to us throughout history through the Sacred Traditions of Jesus and the Apostles, either orally or by letter.

Our protestant friends do not accept the latter precept. They believe that God transmitted His Revelation through Scripture alone. That is, they see the scriptures as formally sufficient and so any and all teachings of the Christian faith MUST be explicitly in the Bible. This protestant doctrine is called Sola Scriptura THIS IS A BIG DEAL! It is one of the ESSENTIAL pillars on which protestantism stands. UNFORTUNATELY the problems with this doctrine are MANY. Logic, History, Tradition, and even Scripture itself show clearly that Sola Scriptura is an unscriptural doctrine and was not taught by the early Christians, by the Apostles, nor by Christ Himself. In this study we will look at what is said in the written transmission of the Word of God and develop a concise way to help in our apologetic and evangelistic efforts to our non-catholic friends.

Please read 1 Tim 3:15, 2 Tim 3:16-17, Titus 3:8, Mt 4:1-11, John 5:39-40, 2 Tess 2:15 , 1 Thess 2:13, 1 Pet 1:25, Heb 13:8, 1 Cor 15: 1-4 , 2 Thess 3:6, 1 Cor 11:2, Phil 4:9, and 2 Tim 2:2

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