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In response to my column two weeks ago regarding the authenticity of the Bible, I received an email from a reader.
I always welcome emails from my readers, of course. This particular reader made claims that the Bible was actually property of the Catholic Church. The reader went on to elaborate that per the Catholic Church, the Bible was not the only writings of Christianity.
Finally, my correspondent said we know this to be true since the Roman Catholic Church says so.
Now, not to pick at other religions, but this doesn’t hold water for me.
Let me tell you why. Like most Catholics, he thinks that the Roman Catholic Church created the Bible.
The books of the Old Testament were obviously considered as scripture long before the creation of the Roman Catholic Church. The books of the New Testament were referenced and recognized as authoritative by early Christian authors centuries before the formation of the Catholic Church.
Read the writings of the early church fathers and you will see them quoting from every book of the New Testament as authoritative.
Any action of the “church” in the 4th or 5th century were only a recognition of what had already been acknowledged for centuries.
The claim that the church created the canon is just an attempt by the Roman Catholic Church to maintain control and authority over scripture. They say that they alone can interpret correctly (which they often do contrary to the plain sense of scripture).
The Bible is not some secret manuscript created by nor to be controlled by the Catholic Church. The Bible is God’s divine breath to be shared to all of his people freely.
Jess Thompson is a resident of Lawrenceburg. Reach him at email@example.com.