[quote=c0achmcguirk]One who makes this argument misses the point of 2 Tim 3:16-17, which says:
"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. "
–2 Tim 3:16-17
The thrust of the passage is the origin and resultant nature of Scripture, not the extent of the canon! It’s saying that that which is God-breathed is able, by its very nature, to give us the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. That’s evident where it says “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim 3:15).
I think that’s a very interesting way of removing the context of the verse. St. Paul is specifically talking about the Scriptures Timothy has known since his youth. Claiming that he is referring to all Scripture that may one day come to be is reading something into the text that is not there.
[quote=c0achmcguirk]It also says that Scripture is able to make the man of God “thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Remember, it says Scripture is profitable, not sufficient to accomplish the “promises”. Furthermore, it does not say that Scripture alone makes one thoroughly equipped. I could go on a camping trip and have all my equipment except a canteen. Adding the canteen would make me thoroughly equipped. However, taking a canteen alone wouldn’t thoroughly equip me.
[quote=c0achmcguirk]Do you agree that the New Testament is God-breathed?
I assume you would agree with me that yes, the New Testament is God-breathed ( theopneustos in the Greek).
[quote=c0achmcguirk]When you raise the argument that 2 Tim 3:16-17 is only referring to the Old Testament, are you saying that the Old Testament is adequate for the promises in 2 Timothy 3, but the New Testament isn’t?
Since the New Testament didn’t exist at the time, the question is pure speculation. The only Scriptures being referred to in the passage is the Old Testament. This is what Paul was referring to as profitable.
[quote=c0achmcguirk]If you agree with me that the promises of the passage apply to the Old Testament and the New Testament…your argument is irrelevant.
Not really, beyond the realm of speculation, all St. Paul was referring to was the Scriptures Timothy knew since his youth, the Old Testament. Furthermore, as Maggie has posted, nowhere is the suggestion that Scripture is the sole rule of faith.