[quote=Reformed Rob]I’m going to try to help you understand this, to some degree. I’m not going to argue with you, I’m not “there” now. Maybe I can help though.
A “hidden” verse that maybe many Protestants don’t know about is I Cor. 4:6, … that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, …
so… written up to that point?.. written in the OT?.. nothing after this verse is acceptable because we would have to “go beyond” ???
and… what about Scripture telling us that there are many things “not written down”??
I’m not trying to be deceitful and take it out of context. In “Not By Scripture Alone” there’s a big section on this verse, and it’s a difficult text. I don’t mean “difficult for Catholics,” but rather it’s just simply difficult to interpret from the Greek, much less apply or draw a foundational doctrine from!!
Ok, along with “not to go beyond what is written” is the basic understanding that since God’s revelation to man ended with the last Canonical book written
***It ended with the death of John (the last of the Apostles) … not the last book written. ***
, therefore there is no more “revelation” from God. And we are now not without a guide, that guide being the revelation from God, contained in the Bible.
*** Jesus did not say “I will leave you a book to guide you”***
He said " The Paraclete will come (Pentacost and beyond) to lead you into all Truth"
There’s side issues about God revealing Himself to us through nature and such, but obviously the fullest revelation is through the written word, and of course Christ. Christ repeatedly appealed to the OT Scriptures, as did the Apostles.
The Sola Scripture belief is, in a way, not a denial of the necessity of the Church to interpret it, it’s rather, I now think from some study and reflection it is, let me set it apart::
**Sola Scriptura is not a denial of the benefit of the Church interpreting Scripture, but rather it is an assertion of the Scripture’s INDEPENDENCE from the Church’s interpretation,
and Scripture itself warns you and I of the ongoing errors committed through self interpretation**
since the Church can err. Catholics typically say Scripture is materially sufficient, but not formally sufficient. Protestants typically say that Scripture is both materially and formally **sufficient.
That is impossible. For you to make that declaration of your position is to give yourself the authority to say it is so… thus defeating the position that Scripture is formally sufficient.
In other words… The Bible is sufficient on its own (formal) because I have the authority (self-given) to recognize that it is so.**
That’s by no means a complete explanation, but it’s perhaps enough to help.