[quote=jaytadly]i think you are starting with a slightly erroneous view of the erronesous doctrine of “sola scriptura”. as i understand it, it means, “scripture is our sole authority,” rather than, “you have to read the bible to be saved.” i can see how they are definitely related, but i do think you are asking the wrong question.
I think I was quite flexible in the OP as to how each of you may define Sola Scriptura and how each of you may explain your understanding of Sola Scriptura.
First of all, I do not understand the distinction you make between “scripture is our sole authority” and “you have to read the bible to be saved.”
Is Scripture not text? If it is, then let us ask ourselves the question: What does text do? The answer which comes first to mind is that text communicates. Right?
So, then how does it communicate? I was assuming that it has to be read in order for it to communicate. Was I wrong?
Now perhaps I was wrong to assume that the Bible has to be read for us to know what it says. Are you suggesting that folks do not have to know what the Bible says in order to be saved?
How else can we saved then? By touching the Bible? Standing in the same room as the Bible? Looking at the pages of the Bible without knowing how to read?
[quote=jaytadly]#1 - where in scripture is “sola scriptura” taught? and,
If you would like to ask that question, then you have the option of responding to any of the other numerous threads in this forum or starting a new thread. As it stands, this question came up in another thread. Because I have literally never heard this question discussed before, I thought I would like to find out what folks think on it.
[quote=jaytadly]#2 - how did the early church get along for so many years (actually almost 4 centuries) without an official “bible”?
Again, that was not the question I asked in the OP.
[quote=jaytadly] and then i suppose you would have to ask the third question:
#3 - and when the Church DID finally compile an official bible in the late 4th century, in the protestant view it still was not the “right” bible until over 1,000 years later when the protestants “corrected” it by shortening it. so, even when the early church did have the entire bible, it still was not the right one in the eyes of the protestant.
What you have proposed is quite plausible. But it is not the approach I proposed in the OP.
[quote=jaytadly]how then was anyone saved until protest-antism came around…and further, who or what was the “sole authority” until the shorter bible appeared?
Again, quite plausible, but not the approach taken by the OP. I understand what you are saying and I am not disagreeing with it. I am merely asking folks to think through the questions posed in the OP.
They are not questions which I posed whimsically. I believe thinking through these questions might be very productive. For me at least.
So just wondering if we could stay on topic. OK? Thank you.