So what relevance do you ascribe to the “Breathe on” reference kaycee?
How about the fifth ecumenical Church Council at Constantinople in 553’s assertion that “we rightly confess the doctrines that have been transmitted to us by the divine scriptures and the teachings of the holy fathers” (Canon 14). Christ’s original revelation was not given in the form of a written document but was the apostolic preaching to which Scripture and Tradition refers. Christ entrusted the gospel to a small number of people, revelation is personal, communicated after Christ by his chosen, personal witnesses and the New Testament is based on this Apostolic theme. The Church has always sought to maintain the Tradition of the Apostles even before scripture provided a permanent record of revelation. This is evidenced in the letters of St. Paul. Paul tells the Corinthians: -
*“I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you”(*1 Corinthians 11:2)
And he commands the Thessalonians: -
*“So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter”(*2 Thess. 2:15)
He even goes so far as to order: -
“Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is living in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us” ([size=2]2 Thess. 3:6)[/size]
To make sure that the Apostolic Tradition would be passed down after the deaths of the Apostles, Paul told Timothy: -
"What you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”([size=2]2 Tim. 2:2)[/size]
[FONT=‘Times New Roman’][FONT=Arial][size=2]In this passage the Great Apostle refers to the first four generations of Apostolic succession—his own generation, Timothy’s generation, the generation Timothy will teach, and the generation they in turn will teach. St. Paul uses the word “gospel” (the Greek in the N.T. is [/FONT]εὐαγγέλιον)[/size][/FONT][FONT=Arial] on a number of occasions, never in reference to a written document.
[FONT=Arial]Christianity does not begin with doctrine or structure, but with people. It begins with a divine intervention that is God’s self-communication. In the God-man, Jesus, the constant human search is united with the divine answer. Revelation is an explanation of who God is; the revelation of the truth about human beings GS 22]. Jesus demonstrates to us who we are and who God is. [/FONT][/FONT]