Catechism proves "Sola Scriptura"..


Paragraph 102 of the CCC says “Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely”.
I am having a dialogue with a very anti-Catholic pastor and I was trying to show the Church’s love for Scripture- and used this as an example. He says it proves what he has said along that there is only one source of God’s revelation…(Sola Scriptura).
How would you counter this argument?.
Dc. Chuck


Protestants hold to sola Scriptura” meaning “The Bible is the sole rule of faith”. Catholics hold to *sola Verbum Dei * meaning “God’s word is the sole rule of faith.“ This may sound redundant to you, but non-Catholic Christians make a fundamental mistake in thinking that God’s word is only what is written. No verse in scripture supports this, and no verse in scripture supports the idea that the bible is our only rule of faith. Many times in scripture the oral teaching of the apostles is considered the Word of God, and several times, we are told to hold fast to their traditions that are not written down (2 Thess 2:15, 1 Cor. 11:2).

It should also be pointed out that “…the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.” Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is “not a written and mute word, but the Word is incarnate and living”. If the Scriptures are not to remain a dead letter, Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, must, through the Holy Spirit, "open [our] minds to understand the Scriptures (*Catechism of the Catholic Church * no. 108).

So, who interprets the words of God? The Catechism says that “the task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. Its authority in this matter is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ." This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.” (no. 85).

I think St. Augustine sums things up quite nicely:

"The Catholic Church is the work of Divine Providence, achieved through the prophecies of the prophets, through the Incarnation and the teaching of Christ, through the journeys of the Apostles, through the suffering, the crosses, the blood and the death of the martyrs, through the admirable lives of the saints. When, then, we see so much help on God’s part, so much progress and so much fruit, shall we hesitate to bury ourselves in the bosom of that Church? For starting from the Apostolic Chair down through successions of bishops, even unto the open confession of all mankind, it has possessed the crown of teaching authority."
The Advantage of Believing, 391 A.D.

Thus, it‘s true that “Through all the words of Sacred Scripture, God speaks only one single word, his one Utterance in whom he expresses himself completely”. For the Lord Jesus "in whom the full revelation of the supreme God is brought to completion; commissioned the Apostles to preach to all men that gospel which is the source of all saving truth and moral teaching…This commission was faithfully fulfilled by the apostles, who by their oral preaching, by example, and by observances handed on what they had received from the lips of Christ…The commision was fulfilled, too, by those Apostles and apostolic men who under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit committed the message of salvation to writing. Now what was handed on by the Apostles includes everything which contributes toward the holiness of life and increase in faith of the peoples of God; and so the Church, in her teaching, life and worship, perpetuates and hands on to all generations all that she herself is, all that she believes” (Dei Verbum no. 7).

The Church is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim. 3:15). Whoever hears it, hears Jesus himself (Luke 10:16), and it is the court of final appeals (Matt 18:17). That Church is the Catholic Church, and Jesus still guides her into all truth.

Further reading:
The Practical Problems of Sola Scriptura by Jimmy Akin:

Sola Scriptura and Private Judgment by Jimmy Akin:

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