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Can a Bible-Alone Christian Biblically answer this question without  pointing out the verses that discuss the efficacy, inerrancy, or inspiration of scripture such as 2 Tim 3:16?   

Obviously, Catholics agree and accept all what is said in  2 Tim 3:16. However, I’m looking for a verse that says it MUST be written in Scripture before it should be believed. Where is that verse?

On the other hand, Catholics can readily provide a number of passages that emphatically debunk the notion of Bible Alone as the sole rule of faith, and attest to the ancient practice of  oral transmission of our faith:

2 Thessalonians 2:[15] So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.

2 Timothy 2: [1] You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

Luke 10: [16] “He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Romans 10: [17] So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes by the preaching of Christ.

1 Peter 1:[25] but the word of the Lord abides for ever.” That word is the good news which was preached to you.

2 John 1:[12] Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink, but I hope to come to see you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

Clearly Scripture IS inspired and infallible. Catholics and Protestant don’t disagree on that point! But, nowhere in Scripture will you find a verse that says it MUST be written in Scripture for it to be believed by the faithful.  The 1st century Church taught the faith and handed its TRADITIONS on by preaching,  oral teaching and eventually by letter preserving the witness of the Apostles.  Therefore, the Catholic position to hold both Scripture & Tradition as rule of faith is inline with what is witnessed in both Scripture & TRADITION.

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