Thank God the Bible was compiled,if it was not,we would still be seeing souls crawling on their knees bloodied and torn,hoping that God would forgive them of their sins.Luther was appauled when he went to Rome and saw the poor being mortified in order to gain favor with God.In Luther's time the RCC sold indulgenses that varied in payment with who could afford such and such to gain a good spot in heaven.The Bible must have been written in books or scrolls,as Luther and other priests knew the New Testament.<quoted text>
Don't confuse the early Christians with modern day Evangelicals.
The Bible (to them) was the Hebrew books. Not the various letters and memoirs of The Apostles. Those did not yet become part of The Bible.
The Apostles were convinced Christ was coming back in their lifetime. They would never have thought to compile their writings into a Bible.
The Roman Catholic Church decided to do just that in the 4th and 5th century.
Why is it that after the first century so much that is not in the Bible was practised,including mortification for sin and appeasement,the belief that if you wear such and such your time in purgatory will be short.If you say the rosary often or daily,Mary will answer your prayers,"devotion to our Lady,"which basically is not Scriptural. So much we cannot even touch the surface.It goes on and on,BUT we know for a fact that only Jesus saves by His precious Blood,and that in Christ we have our being.
I tremble at the thought of what would have happened if people like Luther did not confront the heresy purpetrated by the Papacy in his day.It seems to me God in Christ decided that enough was enough,His death and Resurrrection was not in vain.