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Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition

Sebastian Cornejo
Apologetics paper
Deacon Richard- P5
The scenario takes place between a knowledgeable Catholic man, and a practicing Protestant adult. The Catholic man is Charles, who is a family friend of Steve, and has a very in-depth knowledge of both the Catholic and Protestant faith. The Protestant adult is Steve, who is curious into learning the importance of the Catholic faith in Tradition and Scripture. Steve presents to Charles many legitimate questions about his faith and legitimacy of the Catholic tradition.

Steve: Hello Charles, may I come in?

Charles: Hey Steve, of course you can come in. So, is there anything I may help you with?

Steve: Yes Charles. I came here to ask you a couple of questions about the beliefs of the Catholic faith compared to the Protestant’s faith because I know you are a very knowledgeable person on the dogmas of the Catholic faith.

Charles: Yes absolutely ask me anything. I will do my best to answer all your questions. Steve: I will start off with how has Sacred Tradition been significant to the manufacture of the Bible, and how does it still today? Charles: If not for oral Tradition a good deal of the Bible would not have ever even been revealed, and that Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture together create the Divine Revelation. This Tradition, whether it is written or not, is always the same truth because it does not change just because it is not written down here there is one quote that helps exemplify it., “It (Deposit of faith) never changes, in the sense that doctrines are deleted or added, but there is an ongoing development of doctrine in the life of Church” (Marino 20). This supports that even though the doctrines of the Church do changes the truth that they presents remains the same. Steve: Ok. So, I know that the dictionary term for tradition is the handing down of statements, beliefs, and customs orally or visibly from one person to another. Though, what is the Church’s definition?

Charles: The meaning of Sacred Tradition for the Catholic Faith is the philosophical term used in Roman Catholicism to portray the verbal distribution of the dogmas of the Catholic Church started through Jesus and his Apostles that is still being passed down ever since then and still today. These beliefs are all included in the Divine Revelation, which is made up of the Scriptural Traditions, Apostolic Tradition, and Teaching of the Magisterium. Then there is tradition with a lower case “t” that are the practices that become inside the Church

Steve: Nevertheless, as a Protestant I believe that only Sacred Scripture, Sola Srciptura, is the only true Pillar of Faith. This genuineness that Sola Scriptura, Sacred Scripture, alone is the Divine Revelation because it fully covers our faith and is directly from the source of God himself. That is why we think Catholics are wrong to think that Tradition is just as important. Charles: So let me tell you about the Catholics true beliefs. We, as Catholics, believe in the Latin word, “Solum Verbum Dei”, which translated means, the Word of God alone. Not saying that the Bible does include many important practices of the faith because it does, but it is not the sole authority of the Church for the reason that not everything of our faith is written in the Bible. Therefore that is why the Word of God is included in both the Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scriptures. Steve: Nothing in the Catechism of the Catholic Church is even written there that supports “Solum Verbum Dei”, or that uses this term in it to show that the Word of God is both Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. Charles: Yes, it is stated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the importance of “Solum Verbum Dei” of the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, “Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, then, are bound closely together, and communicate one with the other. For both of them, flowing out from the same divine...
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