I desire to be a Catholic, and one of the main reasons is because of the Bible only doctrine(sola scriptura). I have defended the sola scriptura for years, but I have found it to be lacking in foundation. Not that the Bible lacks anything but that someone had to determine what was canon, it took authority. But don’t let me get off topic from the ideology of the thread.
But let me give an answer to this as if I did not believe in the authority of the Catholic Church, as if I was answering this question a year ago.
OK, here we go.
The Bible has stood the test of time. There have been book burnings, and Biblical manuscripts from long ago were destroyed by the invading empires like the Roman Empire, but God’s Word always was perserved, even at Qumran, just look at the Dead Sea Scrolls.
God has always kept a remanent of people set apart, no matter how bad it got. And even if we don’t have God’s word written on tablets we will have it written on our hearts. “As you know” we are saved by faith alone. All someone has to do is just believe.
Now that is an answer that I probably would have given a year ago, though it is hard for me to say something meaningful when I no longer mean it.
But I know many people who actually think that God has preserved His Word perfectly in the King James Version, and that all other translations are not inspired. I ususally ask them which version of the King James Version is the inspired one? There were atleast 10 revisions from 1611 to 1950. The Protestant mind is hard for a Catholic to understand sometimes!!!http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon11.gif