Who is the authority of the scriptures?
 

 

 
 

     
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Most people don't know how we got the Bible at all.
The western world got the Bible thanks to the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church and members of the Church wrote the New Testament. And they took over the Old Testament which even by the time of Christ had not been finally decided upon even by the jews.

The jews did not close the canon of the Old Testament until the year 90 AD, or there abouts, at the Council of Jamnia. The earliest copy of the Bible we have to date is early 10th century, AD. The books to be included in the new testament were not finally decided upon until the year 382 AD at the Senate of Rome under Pope Damasus.

So it was the Catholic Church that standardized the Bible. These scriptures were given to us on their authority, supposedly inspired by the Holy Spirit. So we receive, historically, the Bible on the Churches say so and the Church presumably has the authority to do so.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church presumably has the authority to interpret the Bible. And you can take that or leave it.

But the authority of the Bible is not based on the Bible itself. I can write a bible and state within that book that it is indeed the word of God that I have received and you are at liberty to believe me or not.

Hindus believe that the Vedas are divinely revealed and inspired with just as much fervor as any christian or any jew. Muslims believe that the Koran is divinely inspired and some Buddhist believe that their sutras are also of divine origin. The japanese believe that the ancient text of Shinto are likewise of divine origin. Who is right? And who is to be judge?

I find all religion very interesting and all having the same basic messages. I have included here the first five books of the Old Testament also known as the Five Books of Moses. These are taken from the King James edition of the Bible which were completed in 1611 AD.

I leave how you interpret these books to your own personal preference. Respectfully, Vincent Pitisci

   
   
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