# 31 - Do you feel that the Bible is outdated and was written for people of another time?
suppose you know that Jesus gave power to the Church and the Pope (Mt
16:17-19), (Jn 21:16-17), (Acts 9:4-5, where Saul who persecutes
Christians are told that he is persecuting the Church.
«Persecuting me» is the Church because Christ is being consumed
under the «cover» of bread and wine. Christ and his people is the
Church. If Jesus had meant otherwise he would have said: «Why are
you persecuting them?»
He didn't say that!).
have come to question 5 in blogpost # 3 (August 2012). We often hear
atheists talking about the Bible as a book full of fairytales.
Sometimes Christians treat the Holy Book as if they believe that too.
It was good to listening to the story about Noah when they were kids,
but now that they have grown up, they cannot see the meaning
because science has shown that there perhaps never was a flood that
covered the whole world. May be people of the time of the Bible
needed such stories, but ....
Wait a minute. We have the celebration of Pentecost only a short time
away (2014). What happened that day, do you remember? Well, it was
day when the Holy Spirit was poured out at the apostles and it was
the day when the Holy Catholic Church (for all people) was
had Jesus said to the apostles before he left them? He said: «I
have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now.
when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will teach you all truth»
who were the apostles? Jesus had many disciples, but only 12 apostles
(one betrayed him, but he was replaced by another). These apostles
were to lead the Church and to lay hands upon others to become
priests. So these apostles were the first bishops, with Peter as
their leader (pope). It was Peter who took the word at Pentecost and
said to the crowd: «Ye
men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to
you, and with your ears receive my words. For these are not drunk, as
you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: But this is
that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel: And it shall come to
pass, in the last days, (saith the Lord,) I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh» (Acts
the Holy Spirit guides the whole Church through the pope (Peters
chair) and the bishops in the magisterium, then we must remember that
it was the bishops under guidance of the Holy Spirit that picked out
the books that together should become our Holy Book. The Bible
is like God willed it to be, (inspired by the Spirit, but written in
the style of every author). Not everything is to be read literally,
but that doesn't mean that the Bible is full of fairytales or that it
is oldfashioned. Through the guidance of the Church (who is guided by
the Spirit) we can learn how to understand the Bible.
us go back to the story of Noah. It might be built on a local
flood, and that would mean that not everything outside of the ark was
destroyed. Do you agree? But if it's so, why is that story in the
Bible? According to the explanations that I have got, the point here
is cleansing through water. Let me refer to Genesis in the «Ignatius
Study Bible» with commentaries by Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch:
the Ark of Noah is a figure of the Church, and the baptism of the
world, which purified and redeemed it, corresponds to the saving
Baptism of the Church (St. Cyprian, Letters
The family of Noah is saved by water and wood, just as the family of
Christ is saved by Baptism, which represents the suffering of
the Cross. And as every kind of animal was aboard in the ark, so
believers from all nations are enclosed in the Church (St. Augustine,
Against Faustus 12, 14-15) (referred from Ignatius Catholic Study
Bible, RSV, Second Catholic Edition, Genesis commentaries p. 27).
As you probably see, even if
there never was a flood that covered the whole earth, the story about
Noah make sense through the Tradition of the Church.
We Catholics don't believe in Sola Scriptura (the Bible alone).
When some Catholics shouts
out that the Bible is outdated and start picking and
choosing what they themselves want to pick out, they are separating
themselves from the catholic tradition, Bible and Tradition (with a
big T). They are not Catholics to the fullest but have become
products of their own irrational needs and thoughts.
It's up to you if you want to
follow in the footsteps of these «pick and chose Catholics», but
that; that these people exists, shouldn't hold you back from becoming
a catholic or coming back to the Church if you have left it. I have
decided my way. I will not follow the trend of the
cafeteria-catholics. I want the real stuff, even if some will try to
trick my by saying that the real stuff is oldfashioned! I can stand at my own feet togheter with the Lord. I don't need the feet of those who stand togheter, but still stand in the sand. I want to stand at the rock! Jesus has
asked us to follow him. He has not asked us to follow the people
who seem to have the coolest and most modern thoughts of today.
My advice (if you want an
advice): Buy yourself a Catholic Study Bible, read carefully half and
hour a day and offer all your doubts to Christ while you are reading.
If you have the ability to visit a catholic church for about 15
minutes a day and pray in front of the tabernacle in addition to your
Bible reading, I think you will experience that that is a good start
too. The Church is about 2000 years. You cannot expect to understand
everything in one moment. Remember to look up the Catechism
of the Catholic Church to have that as a guidance too.