Hi, Wes —
Thanks for the comment.
I've seen in
a few places that the Bible was:
Catholics, for Catholics in the
"The Bible is OUR book."
I think you do yourself
more harm than good by being exclusionary
and limited in your view of the Bible.
First, let me clarify that it would
be better to state that the Catholics
collected and preserved the various
biblical texts and determined which
books would go into the Bible.
I did not mean to imply that Catholics
wrote all books of the Bible, although
one could make the argument that
all of the writers, including the
Old Testament writers, were following
God's plan for salvation and are
part of God's one true Church.
The Bible was "written and compiled
by Catholics, for Catholics, for
Catholic worship" would have
been more clear.
In this sense, the Bible was "written
by Catholics, for Catholics, for
the Catholic worship".
The Bible is OUR book. As Scott Hahn
"When Catholics gather to
faith share, we're playing a home
game, not an away game."
To a certain extent, even our separated
non-Catholic Christian brethren,
are Catholic, without even knowing
it. What do I mean?
If you open your Bible you will see
a list of books in the table of contents.
- Who chose those books?
- How do we know those are the
- How do we know those books are
God's Inspired Word?
The Bible does not tell us "What
are the inspired books of the Bible"
nor, from a Protestant view, does
it give us any inspired table of
contents anywhere in the Scriptures.
The approved the table of
contents you have in
your Bible was first chosen in
382 A.D. at the Council of Rome
under the direction of Pope Damascus
I. (366-383 A.D.)
Here is the chronology:
- 51 A.D. to 125 A.D. — The
New Testament books are written.
- 367 A.D. — The earliest
extant list of the books of the
New Testament, in exactly the
number and order in which we presently
have them, is written by Athanasius,
Bishop of Alexandria, in his Festal
letter # 39 of 367 A.D.
- 382 A.D. — Catholic Council
of Rome, whereby Pope Damascus
(366-383 A.D.) started the ball
rolling for the defining of a
universal canon for all city-churches,
listed the New Testament books
in their present number and order.
- 393 A.D. — the Council
of Hippo began "arguing
it out." The Canon was proposed
by Bishop Athanasius. Pope St.
Siricius (384-399) was Pope during
- 397 A.D. — The Council
of Carthage, which refined the
canon for the Western Church,
sending it back to Pope Innocent
for ratification. In the East,
the canonical process was hampered
by a number of schisms (especially
within the Church of Antioch).
However, this changed by ...
- 787 A.D. — The Ecumenical
Council of Nicaea II, which adopted
the canon of Carthage.
At this point, both the Latin
West and the Greek/Byzantine East
had the same canon. However, the
non-Greek, Monophysite and Nestorian
Churches of the East (the Copts,
the Ethiopians, the Syrians, the
Armenians, the Syro-Malankars,
the Chaldeans, and
the Malabars) were still left
out but these Churches came together
in 1442 A.D., in Florence.
Source: Timeline of how the Bible came to us from CatholicBridge.com
So the approved the table
of contents you have
in your very own Bible was first
put together at the Catholic Council
of Rome in 382 A.D. and reaffirmed
at the Seventh Ecumenical Council
of the Catholic Church: the Second
Council of Nicea in 787 A.D. by
So every time a Protestant opens
a Bible to read it, they are re-affirming
The Pope and Catholic Bishops got
If the Pope and Bishops were correct
on an issue of faith and morals then,
why couldn't they be correct now?
Every time you open a Bible, you
are implicitly said:
"I believe in the decision
that the Pope and Catholic bishops
made back in 382 A.D."
- If you can trust them with decisions
on the Written Word, why not trust
them with the Traditions of the
Oral Word? (2 Thessalonians 2:15,
2 Timothy 2:2)
- Or are you being "exclusionary
and limited" on what you
want to believe and what you don't
want to believe?
- Are you being your own Pope?
- Are you deciding what Christianity
is, and is not?
During the Reformation, Calvin and
Luther took Catholic Bibles from
Catholic Churches and
re-wrote them to meet their own needs.
Luther wanted to throw out the book
of James and other books and called
them "Epistles of straw"!
You said, quoting Scripture:
is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction
in righteousness, that the
man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Yes, all Scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine,
for correction, for instruction in
— but not only
God, due to His Love for us, always
gives us far more than we need and
it is a historical fact that Our
Lord wished to pass down through
history many of His Divine Teachings
by the oral word; choosing men and
putting them in authority in His
- to protect and safeguard His
- verbally instructing the faithful
when confusion arose within the
Luke 10:16 - Whoever hears
you, hears me,
he who rejects you, rejects
Written with the love of Our Lord,
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