Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scriptura Sui Ipsius Interpres

(Scripture Clarifying Itself)

THE Catholic position does not accept the Sola Scriptura (“Only Scripture”) tenet which most protestants hold. But the Catholic Biblical scholars hold that there are no contradictions in the Bible as some non-christians assert.

In fact the Bible talks about an Apostolic Church that is the teacher of the nations regarding the one true God and true morality of individuals and nations. The Church firmly regards the Bible as God’s infallible word. So that is what the Latin expression above means to say, that the various parts of the Bible do not contradict one another but rather help clarify, through the teachings and example of the personalities discussed therein. Why I mention example, because the principle always holds that “example or life speaks louder than words”.

Also the facts, miracles and clear signs motivate us towards belief and acceptance of the faith. Why? There’s also the Latin adage that says “Contra factum non valet argumentum” (There are no adequate arguments against facts). When the Church wants to prove the truthfulness of miracles on the intercession of holy persons to be declared saints, all the facts and data are documented and consulted beyond the shadow of any doubt. The truth and miracles of Jesus Christ and the saints are all based on facts of history. One has only to be sincere in his fact-finding search. He will be surprised by truth. Jesus is the truth found by hearts searching for meaning. The Catholic or Christian religion is not just hearsay but rather a religion based on facts and history of the Son of God who shared our humanity to show us the ways of truth and life (cf. Jn. 14:6). The fact that year 1 is when history begins to count the years shows why humanity considers the birth of Jesus as the singular event of the world and man’s existence.
The Bible says: “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:9). Then if you live his life of love and forgiveness you will experience how true are His words—“I tell you therefore everything you ask for and pray for, believe that you will receive them, and they will come” (Mk. 11:24).

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