Sunday, May 23, 2010
Images of Jesus are in Violation of Sola Scriptura (Part 3)
The third argument is that images of Jesus are a clear violation of the biblical teaching of sola scriptura . Sola Scriptura is the Protestant doctrine that scripture alone is the only infallible authority for faith and practice . This principle is taught in 1 Corinthians 4:6 when Paul says “that you may learn by us the saying not to go beyond what is written”. The Greek word for “written” here is gegraptai and every time gegraptai is used in the Pauline epistles it always means the Old Testament scripture . Hence, this verse establishes the principle that whatever scripture we have we are not to go beyond it with respect to faith and practice. Clearly then things involving images of Jesus Christ is something concerning faith and practice. The problem is that there is nothing in scripture that suggests that we ought to believe that it is morally permissible to make pictures of Jesus. The burden of proof is on those who believe it is morally permissible to make, have, or endorse images of Jesus because they have to show where it teaches in scripture that people ought to believe such a practice is morally permissible. After all, if we allow pictures of Jesus into our faith and practice then how is this any different from allowing such theological belief’s as Mary Ascending into heaven before she died. It is hard to see how a belief about Mary Ascending into heaven is anymore warranted than a belief that pictures of Jesus are permissible to make, have, or endorse. Hence, if one wants to have a more consistently biblical Protestant doctrine of sola scriptura then they ought not to believe that it is morally permissible to hold to the pictures of Jesus position.