Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Thoughts on Catholic Catechism Chapter 2: Interpreting Scripture

Can you imagine the prophets and apostles writing Scripture in a culture that boasted of fast and prepackaged food, air travel, weapons of mass destruction, and internet communication? Of course not! That was a strange question! Everyone knows Scripture was composed in the olden days, before all of our modern technologies were available.

That’s why it is so important to read the Word of God in its proper context, taking into account that the entire Bible is the one true Word of God, and must be studied undivided. The Bible consists of several books, and they cannot be separated from the Spirit that inspired them as one complete book.

There are 3 things to consider when you read Scripture: content and unity, Church Tradition, and faith analogy. Each book of the Bible is part of the whole book, and should be read as such. The heart of the Church is alive and well through the Holy Spirit which inspired Scripture. Therefore, Church Tradition and Sacred Scripture are unified when they interpret the Living Word of Christ, and evangelize His teachings throughout the world. Finally, it is important to appreciate the consistency of truths within Church Tradition and Sacred Scripture combined, cohesively communicating the Revelation of Christ.