It is Tradition which gave us scripture. It was the mind of the apostles, passed down to their successors, the bishops, who then sorted through the various writings and documents and came up with the canon of scripture several centuries after the dawn of the Christian era. Or do you believe the Bible fell out of the sky, intact?
Do you believe the New Testament canon was decided by the wisdom of man or by the will of God?
- So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.Daniel 4:35
- And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
- Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.
It’s the Lord who gives the word:Psalm 68:11
King James Version - The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.Psalm 67:12 (68:11)
Septuagint – The Lord will give his word to those proclaiming the Gospel with great powerRomans 10:17
- So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Eusebius wrote there were 18 undisputed books that were always recognized. The 4 Gospels, Acts, and Paul’s letters, 1 John and 1 Peter were also universally accepted by the church also.
“Of the disputed books, which are nevertheless familiar to the majority, there are extant the Epistle of James, as it is called; and that of Jude; and the second Epistle of Peter; and those that are called the Second and Third of John”
I’ve never read a Church Father state tradition trumps God’s word. The church fathers clearly defended their positions using Scripture. Now if someone could show me how and why Galatians 3:26-28 is not true, that not all are children of God by faith, that not all who have been baptized have put on Christ and we are not all one in Christ. How is it not true that the word brings understanding unto the simple (Psalm 119:130) and that we are not to be deceived by the simplicity of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3).
If anyone could show me where I am wrong on these verses, as I interpret them to mean what they simply say, by actually discussing the verses, it would be appreciated.
“We are not content simply because this is the tradition of the Fathers. What is important is that the Fathers followed the meaning of the Scripture.”
St. Basil the Great