No, the 'bible alone'
theory is never taught in the bible. In fact, such a theory was not widely
believed until the Protestant Rebellion in the 16th century. It is an error held
Keep in mind
that the complete bible did not exist until many years after Christ's death, so
it would be impossible for Christ's true church to be "bible only".
the bible contradicts this notion and praises the faithful for holding on to
both written and oral traditions, as well as instructing the faithful to
obedience to the Church.
It should be
noted that the Church existed before the bible and could have existed without it
had God not chosen to give it to her. On the other hand, the bible couldn't
exist without the Church, who received, determined, and preserved it. Remember
that none of the earliest Christians read the bible, nor did the completed bible
exist for many years. As Archbishop Fulton Sheen stated...
"If we had
lived in the first twenty-five years of the Church, how would we have answered
this question: 'How can I know what I am to believe?' We could not have said, 'I
will look in the Bible.' For there was no New Testament Bible then. We would
have believed what the Apostolic Church was teaching, and, until the invention
of printing, it would have been difficult for any of us to have made ourselves
so-called infallible private interpreters of the book."
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