"Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the sons of Israel and say to them, "The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I Am Who I Am." And he said "Say this to the sons of Israel 'I Am has sent me to you'". (Exd 3: 13-14)
So we have begun walking the way of faith, truth and reason. Now is when our mind turns to thoughts and questions about what the first beast we shall tackle is, where lies a monster we shall slay, or how we shall break a curse along our journey. What is the first test of faith, truth and reason we shall encounter? Is it the behemoth known as 'sola scriptura', the perplexing concept of Mary's perpetual virginity, or even the battle over the Eucharistic presence of Christ? The answer to that questions is quite simply a loud and resounding no! Before we can even consider entering into those areas, we must make sure we have a guide we can trust to get us through those areas truthfully and without error. The first battle to conquer is over our guide itself. What is our guide? Can it be trusted? Why do we need it, can't we find our way without it? How do we even read it? The bible, the Holy Scriptures of our faith, shall be the first to be put to the test. Here you shall find recorded the first test that was undertaken with more recordings to follow as the tests are completed.
What is Scripture?
"To understand what Sacred Scripture is, we must first understand what revelation is"(Beginning Apologetics: How to Read the Bible, pg.4). The Catechism of the Catholic Church (this will be abbreviated to C.C.C from this point forward) defines revelation as "God's communication of himself, by which he makes known the mystery of his divine plan, a gift of self-communication which is realized by deeds and words over time, and most fully by sending us his divine Son, Jesus Christ (pg. 897). Being that the Catholic Church teaches that mankind was made in the image and likeness of God, we have the ability to observe things about God through the material universe he created, the natural moral law, and through public revelation. Public revelation comes in two forms: Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Beginning Apologetics states, "Sacred Scripture is divine revelation that was written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Sacred Tradition is divine revelation that was not written down, but which the Church has faithfully transmitted from the beginning"(Beginning Apologetics: How to Read the Bible, pg. 5).
Mark Hart gives a great analysis of how one can be sure if the Bible really is the Word of God and is reliable in his book Truth Be Told. "Countless people try to say that the Bible is "unreliable" or "outdated." Many people.... do everything they can to debunk the validity of Scripture, thinking that if they can exploit seeming "inconsistencies" or supposed "errors," they can somehow do away with Christianity and even God... Faith does not begin with the Bible. You don't use the Bible to prove God's existence... thats likes using the music of Nikki Minaj to "prove" God hates me. No, we begin with God. Once a soul believes in God, there's a decision to make regarding whether or not Jesus is God. Next, one must decide whether or not Christ instituted a Church or not. After that, one must understand that the Bible came out of a living Church (not vice versa)... The Church didn't "come out of " the Bible; the Bible came out of the Church... The Scriptures are meant to be a light, and are designed to not only guide us through the darkness but also to beckon others to safety.
Thus we can define Sacred Scripture as divine public revelation written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the effects of a living church, which is meant to be a light and guide in our lives.
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