Alright friends gather ‘round cause it is fun to refute sola scriptura.
For the uninformed, Sola
Scriptura is a Protestant Christian doctrine which asserts that the single,
absolute metric for Christian beliefs/doctrine and practices is The Bible.
A few problems should be immediately apparent.
The first is that, if Sola
Scriptura is true, then SS must be
clearly found in the Bible. It is not. The only
verse Protestants use to support SS 2 Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is
God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”.
We can see immediately that saying “All Scripture is … useful for teaching” is
a far cry from “Only Scripture is …
useful for teaching.” But Sola Scriptura
asserts the “only” along with the “all”, despite the “only” not being found in
The Protestant must subvert Sola Scriptura in order to defend it.
As a side note, one must concede that when Saint Paul talks
about “scripture” in 2 Timothy he is referring to the Greek canon of the Old
Testament, and not the New Testament,
most of which has yet to be written.
A second problem is that the Bible’s table of contents is
not itself part of the Bible, rather it is a part of Christian tradition
outside of the Bible. Scripture doesn’t tell us what is or is not scripture. We
have to look to another authority, outside of the Bible, to tell us what
exactly the Bible is.
A third problem - this is similar to the previous one, but a
bit broader - is that the Bible itself, and its place within the thing called
Christianity, is not attested to in the Bible. What should a Christian think
about the Bible? How should a Christian approach the Bible? Should we even have a Bible? Is it for personal prayer
or liturgical prayer, or both, or neither? The Bible comes down to us today as
a part of a broader Christian tradition.
We do not have The Bible on one hand, and Apostolic Tradition on the other –
the Bible is contained within Apostolic
Tradition, alongside its canon, the seven sacraments, Eucharistic theology, and
Although Sola Scriptura
demands a rejection of Christian Tradition independent of the Bible, it
necessarily accepts one aspect of that Christian Tradition not found in the
Bible – namely, the Bible itself. The Bible does not tell us about the Bible.
Christian Tradition tells us about the Bible.
Scriptura actually supplants the very authority of Jesus Christ. The Bible
is not the fullness of Revelation, God’s complete Word to man. The person of Jesus
Christ is the fullness of Revelation, the totality of God’s Word to man. The
Spirit of God which inspired the authors of Scripture is the same Spirit which
Christ breathed upon the first leaders of the Church before His Ascension (John
20:22). This Spirit was with the Church then, and it is with her now; this
Spirit is what advised the Church when she determined the canon of Scripture.
For a Christian who divorces herself from the Church which
the Spirit leads and yet desired a degree of certainty in her faith, Sola Scriptura is the only option and
logical conclusion. Yet the doctrine is not in itself logical, as it
presupposes the authority of the Church which created and collected scripture.
I hope that does something to answer the question. I find that there are so many ways to refute Sola Scriptura that it’s hard to know where to begin. For more, visit this website. God bless!