Scripture Alone?
Is Half of the Story Sufficient?
Can we agree that Holy Scripture is the inerrant Word of God?  If you agree, please proceed.

If you have proceeded, then it means that indeed you believe that Holy Scripture is the inerrant Word of God.  With that in mind, consider the following citation from the Bible, which speaks of the Will of God for each of us:

"This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth."  (1 Timothy 2:3-4)

Therefore, it is the will of God Almighty that everyone seeks the Truth, regardless of whether it "feels good".  Given that fact, let us proceed.

Please provide the chapter and verse in Holy Scripture where it states, 'Scripture Alone'.

You can not find it because it does not exist anywhere in Holy Scripture.  How, then, can Scripture Alone be the rule when it is to be found nowhere in Scripture?

Neither the phrase 'Scripture Alone', nor the concept exists anywhere in Holy Scripture.(1) However, what does exist is just the opposite.

Is Holy Scripture Complete?  How Does One Know For Sure?
If It Is Incomplete,
Where Can One Find The Rest Of The Deposit Of Faith?

We know without a doubt that Holy Scripture is incomplete.  How do we know that?  Holy Scripture itself clearly tells us that it is incomplete.  Consider the following:

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.  (Cf. John 20:30-31)

"There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written."  (Cf. John 21:25).

"I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.  When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.   All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you." (Cf. John 16:12-15)

As we can see, Holy Scripture itself clearly states that it is incomplete.  Since we have seen that Holy Scripture is indeed incomplete, where is the rest of the Deposit of Faith?  Let's consider the following citations:

"do you not recall that while I was still with you I told you these things -- stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.".   (Cf. II Thess 2:5-15).

"So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.  But I ask, have they not heard?  Indeed they have; for "Their voice has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world." (Cf. Romans 10:17-18)

"Follow the pattern of the sound words, which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus."   (Cf. 2 Timothy 1:13)

"And what you heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will have the ability to teach others as well."  (Cf. 2 Timothy 2:2)

"Who is the liar? Whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ.  Whoever denies the Father and the Son, this is the antichrist.  No one who denies the Son has the Father, but whoever confesses the Son has the Father as well.  Let what you heard from the beginning remain in you.  If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you will remain in the Son and in the Father."  (Cf. 1 John 2:22)

"Although I have much to write to you, I do not intend to use paper and ink.  Instead, I hope to visit you and to speak face to face so that our joy may be complete."   ........ (Cf. 2 John 12)

"Demetrius receives a good report from all, even from the truth itself.  We give our testimonial as well, and you know our testimony is true.  I have much to write to you, but I do not wish to write with pen and ink.  Instead, I hope to see you soon, when we can talk face to face." (Cf. 3 John 12-14)

Holy Scripture & Catholic Tradition

The Church teaches that Holy Scripture is the inspired word of God.  That is to say, written by man, but inspired by the Holy Spirit.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Pope in a decree, the Decree of Pope St. Damasus I issued at the Council of Rome 382 A.D, declared which books of the Bible were canonical.  He then gave St. Jerome, a Roman Catholic priest, the mission to translate them into the Latin Vulgate.  This work was completed in 398 A.D.  Several Councils confirmed the Decree of Pope St. Damasus I and the Latin Vulgate afterwards.

History has it that it took one monk working arduously between 10 and 20 years to transcribe ONE complete Bible.

Gutenberg invented the printing press during the 15th century.

So for 1,500 years or so, how was the Gospel being handed down when there were little or no written copies of it, and the vast majority of people were illiterate then?  The answer lies in the citations above.  By word of mouth and by the writings and teachings of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church.  We call this handing down, "Catholic Tradition", and it is as much a part of the Deposit of Faith now as it was then.

The Roman Catholic Church Guided By the Holy Spirit

"He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"  Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."  And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.  And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church [n.b. one singular church], and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth.shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose.on earth shall be loosed in heaven." ......... (Cf. Matthew 16:15-19)

Note: In the passage above, Jesus changed Simon Bar-Jona's name to 'Peter'.  The word "peter" means "rock".  He gave charge (i.e. the keys) of His Church on Earth to Peter.  The Bishop of Rome has always been the Pope, who is also the head of the Roman Catholic Church.  Pope St. Peter was the first Bishop of Rome, and his tomb lies beneath the altar in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

To the Apostles (the first Roman Catholic Bishops) he said:  "He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me."  (Cf. Luke 10:16).

It is worthy of note that at last count there were 33,800 (2)  Christian denominations.  As is clear in Holy Scripture, Jesus transferred only one set of keys to the kingdom of heaven -- not 12 -- and certainly not 33,800.

Likewise, He chose one set of Apostles, not 33,800 sets.

All Protestant churches claim to be guided by the Holy Spirit.  How can this be true when no two of these 33,799 Protestant churches can agree on what they claim to be the truth inspired by the Holy Spirit?  Furthermore, how can this claim be true when there is only one inerrant Holy Spirit?

Where in the Bible does it say that one has the authority to  establish another church other than the one that Jesus Christ established?  Why then were 33,799 more established if the rule is 'Scripture Alone'?

"Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build."
(Cf. Psalms 127:1)

Is The Catholic Church
The Mother Of The Bible, Or The Daughter?

By simple deduction:
The Catholic Church was founded at the end of Christ's
ministry on earth, or about 29-30 A.D.
The first book of the New Testament was not even written
until about 20 years later.
The Catholic Church could not possibly have come from the Bible.
Instead, the Bible came from the Catholic Church.
Consequently, the Catholic Church is the mother of the Bible, and not the daughter.
By the time Revelation, the last book of the Bible, was written around 100 A.D., the Catholic Church was already on its
5th Pope, St. Evaristus.

Please come back to the one true Apostolic Church founded by Jesus Christ, the Roman Catholic Church.  We will keep the light on for you.  You will find it lit in Our Lord's Sanctuary indicating that He is truly present in the
Holy Eucharist waiting for your return.



The common verse supplied in a twisted response taken out of context is that of 2 Tim. 3:16-17.  It is axiomatic that one must consider the contextual meaning of specific verses in Scripture.  Only in that way can their true meaning be understood.  It is the will of Almighty God that we each seek the truth, remember?  Furthermore, one can extract verses out of Scripture in an attempt to 'support' anything.

In 2 Tim. 3:10 Paul praises the reader for "observing my teaching".  As we have seen in the Scripture cited within this writing, he taught by word of mouth, by his preaching.  That is to say, by Catholic Tradition.  Hence, St. Paul is praising the reader(s) for adhering to Catholic Tradition.

The verse, 2 Tim. 3:16, reads: "All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching".  It does NOT say that Scripture is to be used exclusively for teaching.  Roman Catholics do not disagree that Holy Scripture is useful for teaching.  That is one of the reasons why we wrote the Bible.

For an excellent and thorough exegesis on this, you must read Bob Stanley's, For Whom the Bell Tolls: Death Knell For Sola Scriptura.

World Christian Encyclopedia, April 2001, a Protestant publication. You may purchase this publication at www.amazon.com.
Vital References

The Catechism of the Catholic Church
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Death Knell
For Sola Scriptura (A must read)
The Catholic Treasure Chest
(Source of much of this writing; and
published with Mr. Stanley's permission)
Doctrinal Concordance
Theological Works of Fr. William G. Most
New Advent
Our Lady's Warriors
Catholic Information Resources


Prepared with the grace of God
By Ben J. Verdina, March 2002

We would like to express our sincere gratitude at Bob Stanley's willingness to share with us the fruits of his hard work.  His efforts were instrumental in compiling this writing, and we pray that it will bear much fruit by awakening many to Truth.

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