Does the Bible state everything that is related to Christian Life? Does it include everything I need to know as a Christian?


welcome to answers from an Apostolic fan [Music] animal father and the Son and the Holy Spirit one God Amun Gaza the Bible include every single detail of how a Christian ought to live his life sometimes who meet people that will say something like if God wanted me to do this or that he would have written it for me in the Bible but is this an acceptable assumption let me be clear in the Orthodox Church we believe that the Bible is the Word of God and we believe in reading it and studying it so I may live a proper Christian life this belief is reflected in our liturgy where prior to the reading of the Gospel as we all stand up the priest holds the book of the gospel in his right hand and avoids holding it under his eyes because this would imply that he analyzes the gospel because it is under his eyes but he who puts it above his head and says blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord God of hosts the priests hose are on top of his head to declare that the Bible is the one that searches him the one that leads him to repentance this is a crucial detail because the Bible is truly the Word of God given for our edification but does this mean that all the Vita's are written in the Bible does that mean that I do not need the tradition of the church no it doesn't let me explain by starting with this question when Christ became thirty years old and was able to start his service why didn't he get crucified immediately that was his main purpose after all the cross and the resurrection but he stayed three and a half years doing many wonders and leading people to believe in him but most importantly he was disciple in his apostles he taught them how to pray how to fast how to have mercy on these sinners and tax collectors how to rebuke the Pharisee he told them humility sacrificing oneself for the sake of the other he taught them how to live a true Christian life then as his mission on earth was coming to an end he said the following to them in Matthew 28 go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the father and the and the Holy Spirit because he had given them authority prior to this in John 22 baptized by giving him giving them his priesthood teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you and lo I am with you always even to the end of the age amen so he commanded them to take that life that they had received from him and in turn to disciple others to teach others to observe all things that Christ commanded them till today to Schenck is about living this life this is our purpose now that we understand that God give us a life to live we ought to ask ourselves can an entire life fit in a book at the end of his gospel st. John clearly answers this question he says and there are also many other things that Jesus did which if they were written one by one I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written amen there are not enough books in the world to hold all of what Christ did let us be clear on the following concept a life leads to writing again a life leads to rightly not the other way around for example if I read someone's biography it is because this person was alive and through his actions he lived a significant life and as a consequence his life was written down but can I write a biography of someone and then take that biography and let it dictate his life of course not the life God gave us as the tradition of the church capital-t tradition which means the life of the church that was received from Christ himself and till today we continue disciple in this life from one generation to the other as he commanded his the Apostles in Matthew 28 so there's normal that sometimes we find because of our Orthodox Christian faith that are not written explicitly in the Bible or at least not written in an absolute clear way is this anti-biblical not at all actually in acts 1 3 sir Luke says the following about the appearances of Christ during the 40 days between his ascension sorry resurrection ascension he says the following to whom he also presented himself alive after his suffering by many infallible proofs being seen by them during 40 days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God the kingdom of God here is the church the Apostles are about to start establishing the church through their preaching so Christ declares to them things pertaining to the kingdom of God where are these things written they are not again we cannot put a complete life in a book let me give you another example let's say two people go for dinner in a restaurant and spend about an hour together can someone write down all the details of this event what they were wearing who's pleased at what time when that person a go to the bathroom what did they eat and how was it the food placed in their plates what did they discuss or talk about you see where I'm going with this it is not possible and that is why Christ never gave the command to his disciples to actually write the Bible this is crucial it is not written anywhere in the scriptures that he has given such a command so why did they write the Bible we have an example in the book on church history written by a series of Caesarea where the people weren't sufficiently content with hearing the life of Christ so they asked say marked write down his gospel and so he did the Gospels also were written to defend the faith against heresies and were they are very we are very thankful that these were written because if they record the truth but was never meant to be a source of how one ought to live a Christian life for Orthodox Christians today the Bible is the true Word of God and consists of the principal element within the tradition of the church the life of the church that guides us in living a genuine Christian life if all the above was not convincing enough let us simply look at when the books of the Bible were written although this is not an exact science it is common knowledge now that same mark wrote his gospel in the 60s while cynjohn Lord in the 98 to 100 at the end of the first century many say that since Matthew and Luke wrote between st. mark and st. John now the obvious question becomes when the church start and who all know the answer to this one an approximately 33 AD so assuming the Gospel according to mark was written in the mid-60s let's say 65 and the church lived for about 32 years without having one gospel written down was the true strong evidently yes a quick glance at the Acts of the Apostles will reassure us of this but how how was it sure strong if they didn't have the Bible not even a gospel because the church lived the Bible through oral tradition remember this is the authored purpose of Christianity living like Christ lived so when someone says well it is not written in the Bible our answer should be it doesn't have to be we know it is right because it was part of the life of the church from the beginning from the get-go having said this it needs to be clear that the Orthodox Christians or thrust Christianity doesn't hold any document less contradictory to the Bible absolutely not as I said before the Bible is the most revered element of the life of the church and that is held with tremendous an utmost respect and another video we will try to explain what is the difference between the tradition of the church and the doctrine of Sola scriptura meaning Bible alone but in the meantime remember know your faith live your faith and teach your faith and glory be to God forever [Music] [Applause] you [Music]