Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God...

...is that the earliest Christians selected only those writings consistent with the teachings of Jesus and the apostles. 

During the first century there were over 150 letters, gospels, and other writings claiming to be “true”. It took until the end of the fourth century for the Church to finally determine with confidence that only 27 of those writings (today's New Testament) were to be fully trusted.

The determination of which writings to trust was based mainly on the writing's confirmation to tradition taught by the apostles. Why don't we see any Bible references to the Eucharist or baptism only being a symbol? That's not what Christ and the apostles taught so those writings were thrown out. Why don't we see any letters saying Jesus wasn't divine or that he was only divine (those writings existed)? They were thrown out because that's not what Christ and the apostles taught.

That the books of the Bible were selected because they conform to the authentic teaching of the apostles and of Jesus Christ is yet another reason Catholics believe the Bible is the Word of God.

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