A family member sent an email with a conglomeration of scripture references and issues. This is part of a response to that email that I may or may not send. It seemed relevant to what I’ve been writing about here so it seemed fitting to post it. These are some more of my continuing thoughts about sola scriptura and the Protestant dilemma.
Let me lay out some issues.
- Protestants reject any “traditions of man” as being authoritative.
- Protestants reject the notion that a human spiritual authority exists that speaks for all of Christianity.
- Protestants accept only the Bible as doctrinally authoritative and only our own personal interpretations of what it says as pure, Christian doctrine.
Therefore, Protestants must prove Biblically:
- …what books should actually be in the Bible (since no one mere man can decide for me what is in the Bible).
- …where the Bible says there is no human spiritual authority that speaks for all of Christianity.
- …where the Bible says that the Bible is the sole doctrinal authority in an individual’s life.
- …the hermeneutic rules the Bible gives us to properly interpret the Bible (since hermeneutic rules are either “man-made” or “traditionally” accepted.)
- …where the Bible says my personal relationship with Jesus and my personal interpretation of the Bible is the foundation of Christian doctrine.
These are the sorts of inconsistencies I’ve come across as a Protestant.