Skip to comments.Is the Bible God's Word? (Do you believe the Bible is the only word of God?)
Posted on 01/04/2009 8:07:31 PM PST by Stourme
THE CATHOLIC BIBLE
Holding the "Douay" Roman Catholic Version of the Bible aloft in my hand, I ask, "Do YOU accept THIS Bible as the Word of God?" For reasons best known to themselves, the Catholic Truth Society have published their Version of the Bible in a very short, stumpy form. This Version is a very odd proportion of the numerous Versions in the market today. The Christian questioner is taken aback. "What Bible is that?" he asks. "Why, I thought you said that there was only ONE Bible!" I remind him. "Y-e-s," he murmurs hesitantly, "but what Version is that?" "Why, would that make any difference?" I enquire. Of course it does, and the professional preacher knows that it does. He is only bluffing with his "ONE Bible" claim.
The Roman Catholic Bible was published at Rheims in 1582, from Jerome's Latin Vulgate and reproduced at Douay in 1609. As such the RCV (Roman Catholic Version) is the oldest Version that one can still buy today. Despite its antiquity, the whole of the Protestant world, including the "cults"* condemn the RCV because it contains seven extra "books" which they contemptuously refer to as the "apocrypha" i.e. of DOUBTFUL AUTHORITY. Notwithstanding the dire warning contained in the Apocalypse, which is the last book in the RCV (renamed as "Revelation" by the Protestants), it is "revealed":
". . . If any man shall add to these things (or delete) God shall add unto him the plagues written in this Book." (Revelation 22:18-19)
But who cares! They do not really believe! The Protestants have bravely expunged seven whole books from their Book of God! The outcasts are:
The Book of Judith
The Book of Tobias
The Book of Baruch
The Buck of Esther, etc.
* This disparaging title is given by the orthodox to Jehovah's Witnesses, the Seventh Day Adventists and a thousand other sects and denominations with whom they do not see eye to eye.
No. I believe God speaks to me every day in many different ways.
The Bible and the Universe itself. Both witness to their author.
The Bible is a collection of books written and assembled by man.
There is a reason that the Protestants tossed those books from the Catholic Bible, reasons that hold up. I choose not to take cults such as Mormon, Jehovah Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists seriously.
Islam is a man made religion that was a response to Emmanuel.
The Bible is the inspired word of God and is without error in the way to salvation.
I’m not calling people cults. I’m saying clearly that these three are cults. Because they are.
And since it teaches divine healing, salvation through the precious Blood of Jesus, and the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the initial evidence of speaking in tongues, I also believe in those things.
What peculiar Mormon doctrines are taught in the Book of Mormon that are not taught in the Bible?
And where is the proof of the inspiration of the Book of Mormon or the accuracy of the translation?
What about Holy Tradition == the word of God that was handed down orally? But not written down.
Religion has always been a key to power... especially if the huddled, unwashed masses are illiterates, mostly. There is no way anyone can guarantee the “divine authenticity” of such a body of literature, which has, for most of its history, been under the control of a select few.
If Mormons can believe a man in the 19-th century was a prophet, and the Mormons number in the millions, population-wise, then the same thing could have worked 2000 years ago, and beyond. They were a less-educated population too, to boot.
We don’t have talking snakes and bushes today. Because they were made-up stories.
There is a BIG differance between "IS THE BIBLE GODS WORD?" and "Do you believe the Bible is the only word of God?"
Would you rather learn you were wrong about your beliefs now or later?
****Holding the “Douay” Roman Catholic Version of the Bible aloft in my hand, I ask, “Do YOU accept THIS Bible as the Word of God?” ****
From the preface to the KJV...From the Translators to the Reader.
1 Now to the latter we answer, that we do not deny, nay, we affirm and avow, that the very meanest translation of the Bible in English, set forth by men of our profession, (for we have seen none of theirs of the whole Bible as yet) containeth the Word of God, nay, is the Word of God.
2 As the King’s Speech which he uttered in Parliament, being translated into French, Dutch, Italian, and Latin, is still the King’s Speech, though it be not interpreted by every translator with the like grace, nor peradventure so fitly for phrase, nor so expressly for sense, everywhere.
11 The translation of the Seventy dissenteth from the original in many places, neither doth it come near it for perspicuity, gravity, majesty; yet which of the Apostles did condemn it?
12 Condemn it? Nay, they used it, (as it is apparent, and as Saint Hierome and the most learned men to confess) which they would not have done, nor by their example of using it, so grace and commend it to the Church, if it had been unworthy the appellation and name of the Word of God.
1 But it is high time to leave them, and to shew in brief what we proposed to ourselves, and what course we held, in this our perusal and survey of the Bible.
2 Truly, good Christian reader, we never thought from the beginning that we should need to make a new translation, nor yet to make of a bad one a good one, .... but to make a good one better, or out of many good ones, one principal good one, not justly to be excepted against; that hath been our endeavour, that our mark.
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