[quote="St_Stephen, post:1, topic:306892"]
Hello, I'm new on CAF and this is the first time I've posted in this forum. I've wanted to find the answer to this question for a long time.
Some protestants belief that we should only believe what's found in the Bible. They don't accept Sacred Tradition. If we should only believe what's in the Bible how did the first christians know what to believe? The church came first not the Bible. Without a Bible how did the first christians know what to believe? I believe the church came about on the first Pentecost. Do protestants think that the church's start was delayed until the Bible was produced? If they do what do they believe happened in the hiatus between Christ's Ascension and the production of the Bible?
What I'm saying is that what christians believe must have come from the oral tradition from the time of the apsotles. How can protestants say everything we need to believe can only be found in the Bible and reject Sacred Tradition?
One of the claims that the Protestants make when setting us Catholics down to show us how our Church is adjudged by the Bible is it's inerrancy. The Protestants over look one simple fact, they have no basis in declaring inerrancy since they can't appeal to any authority for the claim other than the Catholic Church who declared it first. Fr Ronald Knox makes the observation in his book "The Belief of Catholics" circ. 1927 that: "...for a religious connection which claims no infallibility for itself can hardly be justified in investing the Bible with inerrancy!"
He further declares that "For three centuries the true issue between the two parties was obscured, owing to the preposterous action of the Protestants in admiring Biblical inspiration. The Bible, it appeared was common ground between the combatants, the Bible, therefore, was the arena of the struggle; from it the controversialist, like David at the brook, must pick up texts to sling at his adversary. In fact, of course, the Protestant had no conceivable right to base any arguments on the inspiration of the Bible, for the inspiration of the Bible was a doctrine which had been believed, before the Reformation, on the mere authority of the Church; it rested on exactly the same basis as the doctrine of Transubstantiation. Protestantism repudiated Transubstantiation, and in doing so repudiated the authority of the Church; and then, witrhout a shred of logic, calmly went on believing in the inspiration of the Bible, as if nothing had happened!"
One can do no better than stating these facts as did the late Fr. Ronald Knox. Sola scriptura therefore falls on the side of a logical fallacy. For the Potestant finds himself confronted once again with those apodictic time bombs awaiting a later date to become more excplicit. As they do, the sandy basis of Protestantism is more and more apparent as the clear streams of logic wash out more of the structure from underneath it.