"But as you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the Sacred Writings which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." (2TM* 13;14-17)
Why do we need Sacred Scripture?
It has become a common occurrence for people to claim that they live in the modern age, and thus consider scripture and the church obsolete. Why would they need those when they can speak to God personally? Essentially they believe that God is everywhere all the time and is not limited to a single book or a church. This notion, however, is faulty in so far as it denies the truth that "Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit" (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, 9). While it is true that God is everywhere and in everything, I echo Mark Hart's response to this in Truth Be Told when he says, "If anything, we need the Bible more than ever before. It's dangerous to live in any present moment, where you have forgotten your past"(82).
Turning to Beginning Apologetics: How to Read the Bible we find out that "in 2 Timothy 3: 16, St. Paul gives several reasons for reading Scripture: "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work"(6). It is dangerous to rely solely on our own human intuition to understand the truths of an eternal and ever present being. As Mark Hart states, "What if the God you"think" you know isn't the actual God at all? Many people follow a concept of Jesus that is not historically accurate- a pleasant politically correct, "be nice to everyone" figure of Jesus that is anything but Biblical. Many people ascribe traits to God that are not even remotely consistent with the God of Scripture" (Truth Be Told, 82). Through the C.C.C** we are able to come to the understanding that God is the author of Sacred Scripture and the church relies on faith to accept God inspired the human authors of scripture to write what he desired written (105-106). Lastly, I will turn yet again to Mark Hart and Truth Be Told in depicting the complete and unhindered truth about Sacred Scripture and it's unique personal role in the existence of every human being who has lived and died, is living today, and has yet to come.
"In the Bible you encounter the God of the Universe and see how He moves, thinks, and speaks. You're not merely reading about characters from long ago- you're reading about your very self. The Bible isn't merely speaking to you; it's speaking about you. You are Adam and Eve, standing before God in all your sin. You are Moses, worried about his reputation as he strikes the rock a second time. You are David, putting your wants before God's. You are Esther, deciding whether or not to endanger yourself to protect others. You are Peter, being called to lead even though you're far from perfect . You are the woman caught in adultery, or the woman at the well, or Zacchaeus - being told by God that you have worth regardless of your past.
This is what the Bible offers you... an invitation to know God more deeply. The Bible helps you to "know" God beyond just your head and to engage Him in your heart. Scripture deepens your prayer, enlivens your worship, and makes the sacraments come to life in a whole new way" (83).
* the second letter of Saint Paul to Timothy
** The Catechism of the Catholic Church
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