Evangelical Church , who was proving to me that if that or that in the Scripture would be true , the Bible would say about it , but if the Bible keeps silence about that or that question , then it is permitted , or God delivered to us to decide if it is permitted or not.
When I hear that , I am more than sure that to think like this is even dangerous.
In the Bible it is written what it is written , the Bible says what it says and nothing more.
The Bible doesn’t says about every thing !
Before in the ancient time the potatoes was forbidden to eat , just because it was not written in the Bible.
The example with potatoes looks ridiculous today , right ?
But there are modern scientific experiments , which are forbidden and sinful , but the Bible keeps silence about it.
There are the sins , lets say – modern sins , which you can not find in the Bible even if you have some theological microscopes or glasses - but those sins are sinful.
I know that many of our brothers and sisters in North America and West Europe , which are even trying to educate our Evangelical congregations by their literature , pamphlets and magazines , and notice , they measuring every thing by the Scripture but they have totally different opinion about the predestination to the Salvation , planning of the family , childbearing….
Notice , with the same Bible , they seems operate with a totally different measure of spirituality , totally different paradigm of spirituality in the very important matters.
Our forerunners , which founded the Protestant community , declared that Bible by itself – decides the problem of authority.
But learning the theology in the Evangelical Seminary , and even afterwards being graduated , I could not agree with that statement.
I understood , when I study the Scripture , sooner or later I can find myself in front of the choice :
- In what I should believe ?
In my own interpretation of Scripture or how my denomination teaches the Scripture ?
I revealed that Scripture is not self – authentic.
None of the original manuscripts have survived.
There are thousands of the manuscripts.
There are plenty of Bible versions.
The Bible even doesn’t says about all what Jesus has deed.
( Mark 4:33 6:34 Luke 2:15,16 24:25,27 John 16:12 20:30 21:25
Even the idea of the Scripture which exist outside of the Church is absolutely strange for the early Church.
The conception of the Sola Scriptura had its form no early than in the 14-th century.
So , the question arise .
Did the Christ , who did not write even one word in the Scripture has left the book , or he left the Church ?
Must the Church be ranked and aligned to the book , or may be the book who is the part of the Church tradition has to be ranked and aligned to the teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ ?
One more , very important fact I revealed for myself that the Bible calls not the Scripture but the Church as a ‘Pillar and foundation of the truth.’
( So it means that Church of Jesus Christ is higher than the Scripture.) – actually the word Bible , you can’t even find in the Scripture.