April 9, 2007Sola ScripturaSola Scriptura is true only in the sense that it is only the Bible that hasGod as its primary author, but is in error with the concept of the Biblebeing the sole authority and source of God’s truth. The books and theletters contained in the New Testament are some of the documents in theChurch’s deposit of faith—commonly known as the Tradition. Due tocircumstances, a canon was defined to distinguish among the writingswhat are inspired—that is those that has God’s authorship—and what arenot. It does not mean that those “uninspired” rest do not hold God’struth. There are millions of books today that explain God’s will andteaching, yet they don’t have God as their author. It is the same with theChurch Tradition. These texts, although not part of the Bible, came fromthe apostles and were passed down to their disciples, whom the Churchcalled the Apostolic Fathers. These fathers in turn have their ownfollowers, whom we call now as the Early Church Fathers. The churchpreserved this Tradition (handed teachings) from the beginning (cf. 1 Co11:1) until today. Just as the Lord has promised, not in the 21-centuryhistory of the Church did it become unfaithful in keeping God’s revelationintact. The impossibility of that event to occur does not depend onhuman effort but rather on the continuous fulfillment of Christ’s wordthat not even the corruption of Satan may destroy the purity of thedeposit of Faith (Mt 16:18).Another error of the Protestant’s “Bible alone” is the idea that the issue of Scriptural interpretation is a matter to be left between the Bible and thereader. There is only one truth, so if thousands of groups claimed to holdthousands of different “one truth”, then it is certain that those who holdon to their own individual understanding do not actually hold the truth.God’s revelation is not a matter of private interpretation as the Scriptureitself says (2 P 1:20); neither is it accurate that “Scripture interpretsScripture”. It is true that a part of the Scripture is being supported byanother part, but it is also true that wrong interpretation of one part willbe aggravated by the other part that supports it.