THE HOLY BIBLE

 

THE APOCALYPSE OF ST. JOHN

  Chapter 22 verses 16 -21 

16. I Jesus have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and stock of David. The bright and morning star.

17. And the spirit and the bride say: Come. And he that heareth, let him say: Come, and he that thirsteth, let him come: and he that will, let him take the water of life, freely.

18. For I testify to everyone that heareth the words of prophecy of this book: If any man shall add to these things, God shall add unto him the plagues written in this book.

19. And if any shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from these things

that are written in this book.

20. He that giveth testimony of these things, saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen, Come Lord Jesus.

21. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

                                              THE BIBLE

                                                                              

                                                                                    

  There is a great deal of misconception about the Bible, Some people thing that, in some 

way or other, it came to us just as it is from heaven. Others think that it was written by

God Himself. Again some believe that it existed previous to the Church and that the

Church rests on it as upon a foundation.

  The Bible means a collection of books or volumes. Far from being the foundation of the 

Church, it was the Church that collected these volumes together and gave them to us as

the Bible. Why, then, you may ask, have I been quoting the Bible all along the substantiate

the divinity of Christ and the Church? In so quoting, I was using the Bible as an

authentic historical document, not as an inspired record. There are many historical document,

not as an inspired record. There are many historical documents which are not in

the Bible. They have their value just as any true document has. In that sense and no other

was Scripture appealed to in our demonstration.

   But the Bible, as the Church regards it, is more than a historical document, it is an inspired 

record. Once you admit it is inspired, there is no need of arguing about the divinity of

Christ or the Church, for that is plainly stated in the Bible, which if inspired, is its own

proof. We showed from a historical and critical investigation that the Christian foundation

is true. The Catholic argument does not depend at all on the Bible as an inspired

book.

  But the Bible does depends upon the Church for its genuineness as an inspired record. 

ask the average Protestant where the Bible comes from. Perhaps he never thought of that.

Well, it was the Catholic Church that, so to speak, made the Bible. That is she gathered

together the different parts, sifted the genuine from the spurious, ans then by her authority

declared which was the inspired Scripture.

   There were no Bible in Christ's time, none in the apostles' time. It came latter when the 

Church, seeing that the inspired letters of the apostles to the various churches, and the

gospels written by the inspired evangelists were being tampered with, and spurious ones

foisted on the people, examined all the writings claiming to be sacred and designated those

as inspired which had as authors the apostles, evangelists, and prophets. These she put

together in one collection and called it the Bible. That is the Bible.

   The infallible and authoritative gave it to us. The infallible and authoritative Church existed

before the Bible, and independent of it, and after giving it to us, safeguarded it down

through all the ages.

   Protestantism, with its platform of the Bible, and the Bible only, has now virtually discarded 

the Bible as the inspired word of GOD. On the other hand, the catholic Church,

which was abused for its lack of appreciation to the Bible, in now the upholder and protector

as an inspired record. Protestants call it the word of GOD, but their leading teachers

treat is as the word of human moralist, accepting some parts, discarding others. If

they would not dare tamper with it as they do.

   The Catholic Church is consistent. It gave it to us as the inspired word of GOD, it holds 

It as such. It realizes that on account of its sacredness and sublimity it needs official explanation

when there is question as to its meaning.

   We do not trust the interpretation of the Constitution of the United States to an individual, 

no matter how learned he may be. If a question arises as to its meaning, there is but

one authoritative declaration, and that is by the Supreme Court. The Bible may be considered

the Constitution of the world-wide Catholic Church. Why should an individual

take liberties with it, which he cannot take with a human document? The Church alone,

the Voice of GOD, may, in case of doubt, declare truly the meaning of the Bible. Why

should not she who, in collecting the material of the Bible, discriminated between the true

and the false, not also decide what is the true or false meaning of a particular passage ?

   Protestants began by individual interpretation, and they are now concluding by wholesale 

Rejection. The Reformers rejected whole chapters if it suited their purpose. To-day their

Descendants reject doctrine after doctrine according to their fancy. Suppose we did that

with the Constitution of the United States! There would very soon be no law or order.

And that is precisely the condition of Protestantism to-day.

   Outside the Catholic Church all is chaos. Can we imagine the religion of Jesus Christ 

being such an assemblage of contradictions? No wonder that intelligent Protestants lament

their sad state, and that so many reject all religion turning away from their own disrupted

church.

   It is for such souls that these pages are written, in hope that, seeing the wonderful unity 

and consistency and perpetuity of the Catholic Church, the may recognize in her the Pillar

and Ground of Truth, the bride of Christ, the religion of GOD.

 

GOD AND MYSELF Douay-Rheims Bible

The Holy Bible

By; Martin J. Scott S.J. www.drbo.org/