Sunday, December 12, 2010
Sola Scriptura: Is it taught in Scripture?
It's an interesting question to ask whether the Reformation principle of Sola Scriptura is actually taught in Scripture.
When I have posed this question to people, the verse that is most frequently cited is 2 Timothy 3:16:
2Tim. 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
However, if one examines the verse carefully, it falls short of saying that Scripture is the only source for the content of the faith, etc. The best defense is probably to take the the Greek word for "profitable" (ophelimos) as "sufficient," reading the verse this way: "All scripture is ... sufficient for teaching, etc." However, that is a bit of a linguistic stretch.
So what do you think? What is the best Scriptural proof of Sola Scriptura?
P.S. Michael, how did the Leviticus talks go?