Sunday, February 7, 2010

Protestant Myth Busters :- They believe in Sacred Tradition

I am making a huge assertion with the title of this post, I know, but I sincerely believe it to be true.  I believe that Non-Catholics, Protestants, and Anglicans (hehehe) all believe in Sacred Tradition.  Before continuing, let us define what Sacred Tradition is:

The teachings of Tradition are not written down, but are lived and are handed on by the lives of those who lived according to its teachings, according to the example of Christ and the Apostles (1 Corinthians 11:2, 2 Thessalonians 2:15). This perpetual handing on of the teachings of Tradition is called a living Tradition; it is the transmission of the teachings of Tradition from one generation to the next. [1]

In other words, Non-Catholics do not really believe in Sola Scriptura, or Scripture Alone.  They can't.  It is completely impossible for them to believe that.  I am sure by now you are wondering how I came to this conclusion, so let me tell you...

All Non-Catholic believers say that their authority is in Scripture and in Scripture Alone.  They all believe that the Bible is the inerrant inspired Word of God.  If they really believe that....then someone must have told them.  As far as I know, there is not one infant born into this world that inherently knows that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God and the Book of Mormon is not.  No.  Instead, they have had an encounter with someone that they know and trust, and that someone had to tell them that Scripture was the inspired Word of God.  Someone had to "instruct" them that the Bible was the inerrant, God breathed Word of God.  Isn't that instruction the same as Sacred Tradition?  Doesn't that instruction make up part of the Sacred Tradition that has been passed on down through the centuries (about 20 to be exact)?  How is that really any different than Sacred Tradition?  My assertion is that it is not.

Therefore, Non-Catholics do in fact believe in Sacred Tradition and not in Scripture Alone.  What do you think?  Am I on to something, or am I completely off base?  Is my logic sound or no?

God bless...

[1] - Wikipedia :- Sacred Tradition