[quote="Kamaduck, post:1, topic:331532"]
Recently, I was discussing religion with my grandfather, who is Lutheran. We discussed various topics, but one thing he brought up was sola scriptura. He said the main problem he had with Catholics was that they added to the Bible, also answering to church teaching and papal decrees.
I would ask him to be specific as to where the Catholics "added to the bible". Prior to the Reformation All bibles used in the western Church contained 73 books. After the reformation - bibles published by the protestant communions contained 66 books. So - who changed (added or subtracted) the bible?
As to Encyclicals and such...these are not "adding to the bible".
I asked him if sola scriptura was itself Biblical, and he admitted that it was not. However, he said that neither was the trinity- but the idea was there, and he claims it is the same with sola scriptura. His example was a passage in Revelation- "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll." - Revelation 22:18-19.
The "scroll" is specified as "this scroll of prophecy"...which can only point to the scroll (book) in which the quote is contained. Therefore the quote applies strictly to the book of Revelations and not to the entire canon of Scripture.
This can be readily seen in the history and development of the bible canon.
In the West, the canon developed as being 73 books around 400 AD. In the east, the Church tended to use a somewhat larger canon - I believe it is 78-80 books. Each of the canons - East and West - contained Revelations yet neither branch of the Church saw this discrepancy as problematic. When the East west split occurred it was 500 years later and it was over entirely different matters.
One last note... An interesting thing about taking a Sola Scriptura approach to things is that, the more one reads Scripture and what it says about authority, the more one finds that Scripture alone point to the Church as the authority - not the written text.
Now, I did not know what to say immediately. It's tempting to shrug it off with "well, it's revelation- the scroll could be anything, not necessarily the Bible". Especially since the Bible couldn't have entirely existed yet when this was being written. But it does talk about the prophets, and I'd be hard-pressed to tell you what else the scroll could be (unless it's specifically the book of Revelation). :shrug:
So, can anyone tell me what this verse really means? Here is context if it helps.
As stated above, reading the verse within the text..."This Scroll of prophesy" can only refer to the book in which the verse is contained.
Hope this helps some