CATHOLICS, DO YOU HAVE A CATHOLIC BIBLE?
THE IMPORTANCE OF A CORRECT INTERPRETATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES BASED ON THE TRADITION AND THE MAGISTERIUM OF THE CHURCH.
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“Holy Scripture is good, but heresies arise through its not being understood properly”
(St Augustine, In Ioann. Evang., 18, 1).
Catholics should be on their guard against arguments which, though non-Catholic Christians claim to be founded on Scripture, are, nevertheless untrue. As we can see in the following passages of the Gospel (Matthew 4:2-10) which recount the temptations of Christ in the desert, the devil can also set himself up at times as an interpreter of Scripture, quoting it to suit himself.
“’If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will give his angels charge of you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory of them; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! for it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’”
- This event demonstrates that the Scriptures can be taken out of its context and in the light of the unity which exists in the entirety of the Old and New Testaments.
- The error proposed by a heresy normally consists in stressing certain passages to the exclusion of others, interpreting them at will, losing sight of the unity that exists in Scripture and the fact that the faith is all of a piece.
Dear brethren in Christ, we, Catholics, should reject any interpretation which is not in line with the teaching contained in the Tradition of the Church and taught by the Magisterium. Let us daily read God’s Word in the light of the Church’s teachings and be cautious when some people cite the Scriptures and teach a doctrine which is incompatible with our Catholic faith.
It is of utmost importance that Catholics have a Catholic Bible. Make sure you have one, approved by the Catholic Church, better with commentaries which help us interpret correctly the Holy Scriptures (for example, the Navarre Bible and the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible (edited by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch)
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AUDIO CREDIT & SOURCE: Canon in D Major Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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