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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Catholic Church: Bible is False

My friend sent me this link and it was quite disturbing, and yet another reason why I'm not Catholic; nor am I a subscriber to any specific church under the banner of Christianity.

THE hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.

The Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland are warning their five million worshippers, as well as any others drawn to the study of scripture, that they should not expect “total accuracy” from the Bible.

“We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision,” they say in The Gift of Scripture.


"The Bible is true in some parts, and false in others!" They do go on saying how you aren't to interpret the Bible literally, which I would agree with to some degree. Things like the gospel are eyewitness accounts and ARE literal, but things like Genesis where the stories are inspired of the holy spirit to a prophet, then they obviously aren't literal. Regardless of how you interpret the Bible, that doesn't mean parts of it aren't true.

So how are we to determine what's true and false? Why, just ask the clergy!
They say the Church must offer the gospel in ways “appropriate to changing times, intelligible and attractive to our contemporaries”.

The Bible is true in passages relating to human salvation, they say, but continue: “We should not expect total accuracy from the Bible in other, secular matters.”


"The CHURCH must offer..." So, just ask your local Bishop/Priest what you're supposed to believe now and he'll let you know. Sorry to the Catholics out there, but I absolutely cannot get my head around this. The single thing that defines all Christians is the Bible... the HOLY Bible. If parts of it are "false" as the clergy says, then it isn't holy anymore. The article also lists some "true" and "false" statements in the Bible.

UNTRUE

Genesis ii, 21-22

So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man

Genesis iii, 16

God said to the woman [after she was beguiled by the serpent]: “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

Matthew xxvii, 25

The words of the crowd: “His blood be on us and on our children.”

Revelation xix,20

And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshipped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with brimstone.”

TRUE

Exodus iii, 14

God reveals himself to Moses as: “I am who I am.”

Leviticus xxvi,12

“I will be your God, and you shall be my people.”

Exodus xx,1-17

The Ten Commandments

Matthew v,7

The Sermon on the Mount

Mark viii,29

Peter declares Jesus to be the Christ

Luke i

The Virgin Birth

John xx,28

Proof of bodily resurrection



My favorite is the "blood be on our children" quote in the "untrue" column. The Bible says elswhere (OT) that our sins only get passed on to our great grandchildren (4th generation). Not only that, but Jesus, while on the cross, asked God to forgive the Jews for what they did "for they knew not what they did," and if Jesus is asking forgiveness for them, why should we not do the same thing?

So, what's more likely? Errors in the bedrock foundation of Christianity, or our simple inability to interpret it in a holistic way? I'm going to have to go with the "it's us" reason. Also, if you're a good Catholic, you must subscribe to the "infallibility" doctrine and believe this was inspired of the (not-so, anymore) Holy Spirit and therefore undebatable.

While I'm on the "infallibility" thing (which is a HUGE problem I have with the Catholic church), there was this great paragraph in the article:

The document shows how far the Catholic Church has come since the 17th century, when Galileo was condemned as a heretic for flouting a near-universal belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible by advocating the Copernican view of the solar system. Only a century ago, Pope Pius X condemned Modernist Catholic scholars who adapted historical-critical methods of analysing ancient literature to the Bible.

So they do one thing a few centuries back, and the complete opposite today. So were they wrong then or are they wrong now? It doesn't matter; they were wrong at some point and therefore not infallible.

UPDATE:
Steve Miller Westland has a great point on this:

This is what happens when humans commit the sin of pride and think they are greater in any way than God.

He's also got a great post on evolution v. creationism which is pretty much the same thing I believe--though much more thought out than I have ever taken it.

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