Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sola Scriptura Reading Comprehension Test

I hope you'll play along with me.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says:
All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction, for training in righteousness, in order that the man of God might be complete, fully equipped for every good work.
1. T/F? Paul says the Scriptures are God-breathed. (True!)

2. T/F? Paul says the Scriptures are "profitable for" various things: doctrine, reproof, instruction, training in righteousness. (True!)

3. T/F? Paul says the above-listed things contribute to, or are purposed for the man of God being "complete" and "fully equipped for every good work". (True!)

4. T/F? Paul says the man of God needs only doctrine, reproof, instruction, and training in righteousness in order to arrive at said completion. (False!)

5. T/F? Paul says the man of God needs only the God-breathed Scriptures for doctrine, reproof, instruction, and training in righteousness. (False!)

6. T/F? Paul says the man of God needs only the God-breathed Scripture to arrive at said completion. (False!)

None of the last three only statements are actually present in the text. Let's try again with a simpler example.

My Ukrainian grandmother used to say:
"Eat your vegetables so you will grow up strong like bull!" [sic]
1. T/F? My grandmother says eating vegetables will make me grow up strong! (True!)

2. T/F? My grandmother is telling me to become a vegetarian. (False!)

Neither Paul (nor my grandmother) are making any statement about the sufficiency of Scripture (or vegetables). They are both, however, advocating that Scripture (or vegetables) are useful, if not indispensable. Unfortunately, Sola Scriptura significantly strengthens the text beyond its literal meaning. If Sola Scriptura important (or even true) why did Paul miss this opportunity to teach it? Why is it not clearly and unequivocally repeated like the OT law concerning the Sabbath rest?

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