Orthodoxy Puts Scripture First

The Orthodox Life

The great Saints of the Orthodox Church believed that the Scriptures are very clear, and that much of what they say can be clearly understood simply by reading them. They frequently relied directly on the text of Scripture, and they believed that their audience had the ability to understand the clear teachings of Scripture.

Of course, that does not mean they embraced Sola Scriptura.
They did not rely on Scripture alone.

For the first few centuries, Christians did not have a full understanding of which books belonged in Scripture, and which books needed to be excluded. And the Scriptures they did have, they interpreted in accordance with the Faith they had received from the Apostles and their successors, the bishops. They did not follow Scripture alone.

Unfortunately, some people go too far the other way, almost suggesting that we should follow Scripture-hardly-at-all. They think most people have little hope of interpreting Scripture correctly, so they believe we should predominantly…

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