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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Comments on Sola Scriptura.

How Changing and Different Worldviews have Affected the Scriptures; Published, Studied, and Read, by Christians, Throughout Church History. -- John P. Coffman



I. Christ and Scripture
II. The Authors of the New Testament: The Apostles
   A. Illumined Apostles
   B. No works survive to the present
   C. Letters to an already established church
   D. Not a guidebook, a doctrinal system, nor an exhaustive dogmatic treatise
III. The Church before the “New Testament”
   A. The experience of Pentecost
   B. Jeremiah 31:33; II Corinthians 3:3; and Hebrews 10:16
   C. II John 12; III John 13-14a
   D. Their view on the books/letters that became the New Testament
IV. The Church that determined the canon and the heresies She fought
   A. Marcionism and Montanism
   B. Councils and Church Fathers
   C. The Orthodox culture in that time
V. Criteria for determining the canon
   A. Old Testament
   B. New Testament
VI. The drastic change that occurred at the Reformation
   A. Rejecting Tradition
   B. Rejecting Scripture
   C. Accepting Islamic philosophy
VII. The abominable effect of higher criticism on modern Bibles
   A. Old Testament
   B. New Testament
   C. Continuing the errors of the Reformers



This paper began as a variety of personal notes on the topic of Sola Scriptura. It is written, clearly, from my Orthodox Christian perspective. As the number of my notes began to grow, it prompted me to organize them, and thus an outline was born. By this point, I found there was some other parts on this topic I should research in order to fill in any gaps in my knowledge. By that point, it did not take long for a whole piece of work, in itself, to emerge. 

Christians love their Bibles. However, it seems there is an incredible lack of knowledge about its formation and history. The question, “where did the Bible really come from?” is one that should interest every Christian. It interested me; and I knew the Orthodox Church has much to say on this. As conversations brought these points to light, some requested to read my notes. This final work is those notes in a presentable format…
   “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake moved by the Holy Ghost.” -- St. Peter the Apostle

Read more in a formatted and downloadable text (with footnotes and specific references) from the pdf by clicking here.

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