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Adherents to Sola Scriptura basically believe that Scripture should be the foundation of all doctrine. (NOTE: That is not to say that outside sources cannot be used to aide us in understanding the text - see here.)

Based on what we know about Jesus from Scripture, could Jesus be considered an adherent to this philosophy?

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Jesus is God. He can't be an 'adherent' of any doctrine. –  DJClayworth Jul 10 '12 at 13:14
    
How can Jesus adhere to a scripture which wasn't written yet? So then... if it WAS written would he adhere to it? Probably not for reasons suggested by DJClayworth. Did Jesus "adhere" to the old testament? No and any person practicing Judaism would tall you that Jesus did not fulfill the prophesies that they were expecting and from his own accord, demanded change. –  The Freemason Oct 15 at 20:24
    
@TheFreemason Have you ever read the Gospels? Jesus' entire life, ministry, and teachings were rooted in the Old Covenant Scriptures. I'm obviously not asking if Jesus adhered to later NT writings that weren't even written yet. –  Jas 3.1 Oct 15 at 20:26
    
then it is not Sola Scriptura - which is for the bible. And if Jesus continued following the old testament (and demanded his followers to do it as well) then we'd still be burning lambs. –  The Freemason Oct 15 at 20:29
    
@TheFreemason I have never heard anyone say that the Old Testament was not Scripture until the NT was complete. Where are you getting these ideas from? To my knowledge the orthodox position (at least in the Protestant tradition) has always been that the writings were Scripture from the moment they was written. Are you coming from a church background that believes it's only "Scripture" because the church said so? –  Jas 3.1 Oct 15 at 20:42

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We need to start by bearing in mind that during Jesus lifetime there is no set Bible as such. There are collections of scrolls in synagogues but the ones that would eventually be considered canonical by modern Judaism were not set at that time (canonicity in Judaism slowly distilled between ~200BC and ~200AD). You would get different stuff in different places, some were widely accepted e.g. the Torah, some version of Isaiah etc. others not so much - e.g. the writings. In this context perhaps it is difficult to define what Sola Scriptura really means.

The Biblical Jesus is well-versed in the OT (Luke 2:41-52). However, often presents the anti-thesis to these Biblical texts in his own teaching "You have heard it said but I say to you ".

On the whole it seems pretty unlikely that Jesus subscribed to Sola Scriptura as we understand it.

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Protestants are going to say yes. Catholics are going to say no.

I presume any Christian is going to consider this question equivalent to, "Is the doctrine of Sola Scriptura true?" I mean, who is going to say, "I am a Christian, I believe Jesus to be the all-knowing God made flesh ... but when on this very important point he said X, he was completely wrong."

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This is a very different question from "is Sola Scriptura true?" –  DJClayworth Jul 10 '12 at 13:11
    
How is it different? If you're a Christian, I think by definition that means that at the very least you have a very high respect for Jesus Christ. So if someone convinced you that Jesus did not believe in Sola Scriptura, you would have to have a strong bias against it, and vice versa. –  Jay Jul 11 '12 at 2:18
    
Jesus is God. If Jesus says something, it's God's word, whether it's written in scripture or not. –  DJClayworth Jul 11 '12 at 2:31
    
@DJClayworth I don't understand that last point. I mean, I agree that it's true, but what statements has Jesus made that you and I know about that aren't in Scripture? Are you saying that Jesus rejected Sola Scriptura in some statement that is not in scripture? Or are you saying that Jesus could give a further revelation beyond what is in scripture, and this would be as authoritative as scripture? I'd say sort of: If it was accepted, it would then by definition be part of scripture. If it was rejected as a fake or hoax, then it wouldn't be authoritative. –  Jay Jul 21 '12 at 19:52
    
OK, Jay. Imagine you are a disciple of Jesus, circa 30AD. You listen to Jesus preaching. Is what he says authoritative? Yes, absolutely. Is it in scripture? No, because the New Testament isn't written down yet. The only scripture is the Old Testament. If you are a follower of 'sola scriptura' then you must reject his words, because they are not in scripture. And if Jesus were a follower of sola scriptura then he must reject them also. Which would be stupid. –  DJClayworth Jul 22 '12 at 4:07

The answer is simply: No. One way to prove it, is to take the verse where Jesus says:

"Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me." (Luke 10:16)

That means, that whatever the apostles say, is Jesus' teaching. Then we can take Paul's words to the Thessalonians in chapter 2 verse 15:

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter." (NIV)

This is saying to hold to the scriptures and oral teaching. One link that might prove helpful is here, asking: "Sola Scriptura vs. the Magisterium: What did Jesus Teach?". One that deals with just Sola Scriptura can be found here.

One link that might have an answer, says:

Did not Jesus say, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. . . ." [Matthew 28:19] Of course this admonishes them to teach; it says nothing about writing. And the Bible itself says nothing about it being the sole source of God’s revelation.

Anyways, that is just my opinion and it may be a little biased. One thing to think about, is that for the first couple hundred years, there was no "New Testament". The last of the gospels by John, was written by A.D 85 or later.

I agree with you that:

If a person teaches something contrary to Scripture, they are wrong.

But sometimes things may seem contrary and actually be true to each-other. Here is a link that explains some things that seem to contradict each-other in the bible, but just need a little explanation (I know that that is both sources from the bible, but it is basically the same).

And just to let you know, I'm not Roman Catholic.

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You might enjoy reading my response here also: christianity.stackexchange.com/a/8339/1304 –  maj nem ɪz dæn Feb 1 '13 at 21:25

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