Now in this respect there are several points of controversy between Catholics and every body of Protestants. Is all revealed truth consigned to Holy Scripture? or can it, must it, be admitted that Christ gave to His Apostles to be transmitted to His Church, that the Apostles received either from the very lips of Jesus or from inspiration or Revelation, Divine instructions which they transmitted to the Church and which were not committed to the inspired writings? –Catholic Encyclopedia under Tradition and Living Magisterium
2 Th 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Catholic apologetic appeal to 2 Th 2:15 identifies apostolic oral tradition as that which the Thessalonians were taught in 51 AD.
Note the Catholic Encyclopedia’s definition, this material consists of “divine instructions” either “from the very lips of Jesus or from inspiration or Revelation… which they transmitted to the Church.”
As that perfectly describes Biblical tradition, it will have the following appearance:
Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.-kjv
Oral teaching from Christ’s very lips which subsequently is given to the Church via the apostles:
1 Corinthians 11:24 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
Another example of Apostolic Oral tradition:
Jude 1:17-18 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
Peter’s very lips was one of the sources of this apostolic oral tradition:
2 Peter 3:3-4 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Sola scripturaists propose all-important oral tradition eventually was recorded in our Bibles.
2 Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
In other words, while it is true some apostolic oral tradition existed when Paul wrote in 2 Thessalonians 2:15 in 51 AD, this oral teaching found its way into the 21 Bible books written after 51 AD:
1 & 2 Co (55-56); Ro (56); Lk,Eph,Phil,Col,Philemon (60); Ac,1 Tm (62); Ti, 1 Pt (64); 2 Timothy (66); 2 Pt,Heb (67); Jude (68); Jn (80); 1-3 Jn (90); Re (94).
Indeed, the Bible is quite clear it contains all necessary to the faith, 2 Tim 3:15ff.
Empirical evidence proves it is impossible literate human beings not put in written form any oral “divine teaching” they possess. No culture has done that throughout human history.
Therefore it is special pleading to argue that is precisely what the RCC has done with sayings from the very lips of Christ and His apostles.
The argument is even more specious when one considers the care the RCC gave to establishing the canon. How inconsistent to render such Herculean effort lest anything apostolic be lost only to do exactly that by refusing to preserve in written form, genuine apostolic oral teaching.
Hence it is impossible we ascribe to the RCC the enormous criminal negligence and towering incompetence that is necessary to fail preserve genuine apostolic oral tradition by writing it down.
True love of one’s fellow man would preclude the “hiding of the talent” lest others be profited thereby.
Therefore the argument Bible+apostolic oral tradition or the Bible Alone, which is better, is moot.
Genuine apostolic oral tradition does not exist today apart from our Bibles.