St. Thomas and Sola Scriptura
(06-25-2012, 11:32 AM)Vetus Ordo Wrote: Scripture does not point to tradition as another source of dogma. All the traditions that the Apostles urged to be kept (2 Thess. 2:14) are nothing else than the Apostolic teaching that was later written down and perpetuated to the end of time in Scripture. Irenaeus plainly states it: "The apostles at that time first preached the Gospel but later by the will of God, they delivered it to us in the Scriptures, that it might be the foundation and pillar of our faith." (Against Heresies 3,1)

That is wrong. You are interpreting the good saint in a way that confirms your error. He doesn't plainly state what you stated, or else you would not have needed your preceding explanation that tried to prepare the way for that interpretation. If the statement speaks for itself, then let it do so. The fact of the matter is that the good saint merely repeated the Catholic doctrine, which you are now reinterpreting as a result of confirmation bias.

Scripture itself refers to traditions, whether by word or by epistle. The fact that it refers to traditions by word excludes it being recorded in Scripture. Many actions and practices found in the earliest days of the Church are not recorded in Scripture, but they seem to be around even at the time of Apostles themselves. Whence did they come if they are supposed to be recorded in Scripture by the Apostles? Either they were liturgical novelties started by Christians across the world immediately after the Apostles died or the Apostles were responsible for them.

Christ taught the Apostles many things before His Ascension, things which the authors of Scripture themselves say aren't recorded in Scripture. If the Apostles didn't need to know them, Christ wouldn't have wasted His time teaching it to them before His Ascension; and if all truth is revealed to the reader of Scripture, then the reader is missing those teachings of Christ given to the Apostles not recorded in Scripture.

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