Cyril on the Source of All Doctrine

cyril-of-jerusalemNo doctrine concerning the divine and saving mysteries of the faith, however trivial, may be taught without the backing of the holy Scriptures. We must not let ourselves be drawn aside by mere persuasion and cleverness of speech. Do not even give absolute belief to me, the one who tells you these things, unless you receive proof from the divine Scriptures of what I teach. For the faith that brings us salvation acquires its force, not from fallible reasonings, but from what can be proved out of the holy Scriptures.”

Cyril of Jerusalem (ca. 313 – 386), Catechetical Lectures 4:17


  1. So true, but Scripture can not be taken away from Holy Tradition, lest it become one’s personal book and source of self vindication. Saint Peter makes it plain in his writing
    “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation” 2 Peter 1:20

  2. Yes, of course.

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