Today being Bible Sunday, I thought I’d try to dig up and share some useful information about the Bible, also known as Sacred Scripture.
[Content taken from “Catechism of the Catholic Church” Part 1 Chapter 2 Article 3 –http://www.va/archive/catechism/p1s1c2a3.htm, with some minor editing for easier reading!]
DID YOU KNOW?
- The Christian faith is not a “religion of the book”…
- …Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is not a written and mute word, but the Word is incarnate and living
- If the Scriptures are not to remain a dead letter, Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, must, through the Holy Spirit, open our minds to understand the Scriptures.
- In Sacred Scripture, God speaks to man in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm, and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words
- The Old Testament was deliberately oriented to prepare for and declare in prophecy the coming of Christ, redeemer of all men
- Even though they contain matters imperfect and provisional, the books of the Old Testament bear witness to the whole divine teaching of God’s saving love: these writings are a storehouse of sublime teaching on God and of sound wisdom on human life, as well as a wonderful treasury of prayers; in them, too, the mystery of our salvation is present in a hidden way
- The Word of God, which is the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith, is set forth and displays its power in a most wonderful way in the writings of the New Testament, which hand on the ultimate truth of God’s Revelation
- Their central object is Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son: his acts, teachings, Passion and glorification, and his Church’s beginnings under the Spirit’s guidance
- The New Testament lies hidden in the Old and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New
- All sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one book is Christ, because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ
- God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth
- The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord: both nourish and govern the whole Christian life
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”
(Ps 119:105; cf. Is 50:4).