With this definition in mind, one should recognize the fact that easy availability or mass distribution of Bibles has nothing to do with the truthfulness of Sola Scriptura. A person does not need to own a Bible in order for Sola Scriptura to be true. It is true whether he owns a Bible or not. Scripture can be the only infallible Rule of Faith even if only a few Bibles exist.
Literacy and education also have nothing to do with the truthfulness of Sola Scriptura. Scripture can be (and is) the Ultimate Authority, whether a person can read or not. And just because someone can’t read or write does not mean that he is stupid or that he has no comprehension skills. Even if illiterate, he may still easily memorize Bible verses and understand biblical concepts that he was taught by someone else. The learning and spreading of God’s Word was not prevented by illiteracy.
- “This can’t be the ultimate authority because everyone in the stands and all the players don’t have a copy of it!”
- “This can’t be the ultimate authority because I can’t read!”
- “This can’t be the ultimate authority because I don’t have time to study it!”
- “This can’t be the ultimate authority because I haven’t eaten anything all week and my thinking is not up to par!”