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The Bible is a Catholic book because the Catholic Church decided which books to include in the Bible. The Canon recognized by the Catholic Church for the past fifteen centuries (73 books) was specified in the Council of Laodicea in 367 A.D., and was definitely adopted in the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D., after being sent to the Pope for confirmation.

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# The Bible is a Catholic book because the Catholic Church decided which books to include in the Bible in the Synod’s of Hippo (393 AD) and confirmed it at the Council of Carthage (397 A.D).

# The Canon recognized by the Catholic Church for the past fifteen centuries (73 books) was specified in the Council of Laodicea in 367 A.D.

# “What do you mean by the Canon of Scripture?”
The Canon of Scripture simply means the authentic collection of those writings declared to have been inspired by God. They are called canonical, whereas those writings that were rejected as uncanonical were called apocryphal, which means not of Divine origin, not inspired.

# Catholic and Protestant Bibles both include 27 books in the New Testament.

# Protestant Bibles have only 39 books in the Old Testament, however, while Catholic Bibles have 46.

The seven books included in Catholic Bibles are Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach, and Baruch. Catholic Bibles also include sections in the Books of Esther and Daniel which are not found in Protestant Bibles. These books are called the deuterocanonical books. The Catholic Church considers these books to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

# Martin Luther, on his own and without any authority, ripped seven books out of the Old Testament and claimed they were not Sacred Scripture (hence being put in an appendix).

# Martin Luther also wanted to rip out of the Bible several New Testament books too — such as James, Hebrews, and Revelations.

# One of the reasons that Luther ripped out books of the Old Testament is because some of those books helped to explain some Catholic doctrines. The reason why he wanted to rip out of the Bible the Book of St. James is because it contradicted his personal and heretical view about justification. said justification was byfaith alone. NOWHERE does the Bible say that, so Luther added the word to Romans 3:28 in his German Translation.

# In fact the ONLY place in the New Testament where the words “faith alone” appear is in the Book of St. James where James says that we are “not saved by faith alone” (James 2:24). This was the reason Luther wanted to get rid of the book of James. This man was not just arrogant but evil in his desire to conform the Bible to his personal, and heretical, opinions. James 2:24 Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith

# In addition Martin Luther add to the Bible words that do not exist in the Greek extant manuscripts. When Martin Luther was confronted about why he was messing with the Bible, he replied, “Because my will is good enough.” This was one arrogant person.

# Even the word Bible is not in the Bible. It came from the Greek word biblos which means the inner bark of the papyrus, paper-reed, from which paper was originally made, in Egypt. The Latin form “Biblia” spelled with a capital letter, came to mean “the Book of Books,” “The Book” by way of pre-eminence, the inspired Book, etc. The Holy Scriptures were first called the Bible by St. Chrysostom, the Catholic Archbishop of Constantinople, in the 4th century .

# The Bible alone theory is not what the Bible teaches.
The Bible teaches us and shows us that the Church came First before the Bible.
After all, what books did Jesus write? None! Jesus deliberately chose NOT to write. Instead He chose to establish a Church to teach in His name!

# Where in the Bible does it state that the “Bible” is the only authority for Christians?

# The non-Catholic scholar Peter Flint, who translated the Dead Sea Scrolls, tells us that there was no Bible until the 300’s when the Catholic Church infallibly decided on what books belong there. Before that there were hundreds of letters and the Septuagint.

Bible Timeline

1440AD (First Bible printed) – 33AD = Took 1,400  to have a bible printed  and 1400 + years of oral tradition

The Bible was not printed in any language for more than 1400 years  after the birth of Christ.

The first mass produced printed book was the Bible, a version based on the Latin edition from about 380 AD

The Bible was printed at Mainz, Germany by Johannes Gutenberg from 1452 -1455

# How did the early Christians each own a Bible if the printing press wasn’t developed until the 1400’s? Even after the printing press was developed how many Christian could afford to own a Bible?

# The apostles did not read from the New Testament, which was yet to be written, instead they taught by “word of mouth” and by tradition, as shown in the following verses:
(2 Thes. 2-15) – Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
(2 Tim. 2-2) – And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

# Bible states that we must look to the Church for the proper interpretation. After all, the Bible cannot interpret itself, can it? Let look at some verses that show us that private interpretation is frowned upon.

(2 Peter 1-20) – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

(2 Peter 3-16) -As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

(Acts 8-30) – And Philip ran thither to him, and read him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some men should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

# Catholics never outlawed the reading of the bible. They outlawed certain editions of the bible that were translated incorrectly by reformers.

BIBLE INTERPRETATION:

When Martin Luther came along and broke from the Church which Jesus Christ founded, which had already existed for almost  fifteen hundred years at that time, and which was on its 218th in a line of Popes going all the way back to St. Peter, he created the  first Protestant church. It was 1521. He was not alone in doing this but almost immediately he and Thomas Munzer had a  “difference of opinion” and Munzer broke from Luther and formed the second Protestant church, also in 1521. The splits  in Protestantism had begun and continue at a feverish pace to this very day.

In that same year, Munzer broke away and formed the Anabaptists.
John Calvin separated in 1536 and formed Calvinism.
John Knox parted company and formed the Presbyterians in 1560.
John Smith started the Baptists in 1609, and John and Charles Wesley started Methodism in 1739.

In 1600 there were 100 splits.
In 1900  there were over 1000.
In April 2001 there were 33,820 different prostestant churches
In April 2004 there were 37,000 different prostestant churches
In April 2010 there were 40,000 different prostestant churches

Today there are over 40,000 splits in the Body of Christ in Protestantism with new ones being  added every week, and the end is not in sight.

*World Christianity Encyclopedia, April 2001, a Protestant publication,  lists 33,820 non-Catholic sects with several more  being added each and every week.

Matthew 12:30, Luke 11:23  “He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.” With, well over  40,000 different Protestant sects today, just who is doing the scattering? It is obvious from the verses  listed that ‘he who scatters’ is against the gatherer, Jesus Christ.

Bible christians do not abide by what the Bible says, but continue on in their own faulty individual interpretations of Holy Scripture. One Protestant sect ‘proves’ that Jesus Christ is GOD and not man, and another ‘proves’, using the very same Scripture, that He is man and not GOD. One Protestant sect teaches the true presence in the Holy Eucharist, while others teach it is only a symbol. All Protestant sects say “THE HOLY SPIRIT TOLD ME.” How can one Holy Spirit teach conflicting ‘truths’?

2 Peter 3:16  “This then, you MUST understand FIRST OF ALL, that NO PROPHECY OF SCRIPTURE IS MADE BY PRIVATE INTERPRETATION.”

2 Peter 3:16   As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearnt and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction. (Douay Rheims Bible)

Every Protestant church teaches something different. Every pastor interprets the Bible according to his own  personal beliefs. How is anybody supposed to know who’s teaching the truth?

New little prostentant churches were springing up every where. Each one was right and better than the others. You see a fragmented,  confused  group of churches all competing with each other for members and money.

This is the primary reason why there are over 40,000,  differing protestant sects in the world today. Am I to believe there are 40,000 Holy Spirits each teaching a different ‘truth’?   There is only one truth, not over 40,000.

Paul had warned against divisions (cf. 1 Cor. 1:10) and said that we are to watch out for those who cause them (cf. Rom.  16:17). “For the time will come,” he wrote, “when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own  desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear” (2Tim. 4:3). I  was weary of being “blown about by every wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14). Surely this disunity and confusion was not the work  of the Holy Spirit.

“Has Christ been divided up?” 1Corinthians 1:13, yet another verse ignored by Protestants.
This is the legacy one receives as a “reward” for ‘rule by opinion’ which is forbidden by scripture, insisting that ‘the  Holy Spirit told me’ when He did not, ‘Sola Scriptura’ which is not scriptural, and ‘rejection of an authoritative  governing body’, which is against the commands of Scripture
(Matthew 18:17, Hebrews 13:17).

I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions  among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. – 1Corinthians 1:10

“It is important to point out that the Church does not derive her belief from the Scriptures alone.This will come as a surprise to those who, whenever they hear of a particular Christian teaching, ask: “Is it in the Bible?” The Church was spread throughout the entire Roman Empire before a single book of the New Testament was written.There were already many martyrs in the Church before there were either Gospels or Epistles. An authoritative and recognized ministry was carrying on the Lord’s work at His command, speaking in His name as witnesses of what they had seen, before anyone decided to write a single line of the New Testament.
Protestant churches are experiencing many disputes about doctrines and great error and corruption was rampant.

There is only ONE TRUTH in the Catholic church, One interpretation not many. They are the interpretations made by the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in conjunction with the Holy Spirit. The Magisterium consists of thousands of Bishops with impeccable credentials and the Pope.

Now look at this verse.

Teaching ability and authority of the Pope and those Bishops who are in union with him. According to Catholic doctrine, the Magisterium is able to teach or interpret the truths of the Faith infallibly.

Sola Scriptura is a false doctrine. It is false and self-refuting proposition.
Ask bible scholars or any protestant theolgians to find sola scriptura in the bible, none can provide a convincing answer. None can show that explicitly taught that scripture is the sole, a formally sufficient authority.

The bible points to the church as being the final arbiter of truth in all spiritual matters ( cf. Timothy 3:15; Mathew 16:18-19; 18-18; Luke 10:16).
2Tim 3:15 >  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. DRB
Matthew 16:18 And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Douay Rheims Bible)
Matthew 16:19 And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. (Douay Rheims Bible)
Luke 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me: and he that despiseth you despiseth me: and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. (Douay Rheims Bible)

Bible warns us that it contains difficult and confusing information which is capable (if not prone) to being twisted into all sort of fanciful and false interpretations ( 2 Peter 3:16)

Sola Scriptura ( protestant doctrine) is a euphism for “sola ego”. What it means is that every protestant has his own of what the scripture say and he believes that his interpretation of the scripture is superior to everyone else’s. Each advances his own view, assuming that (some actually claiming) that the Holy Spirit has personally led him to that interpretation.

Ask a 20 Pastor for interpretation of 10 bible verses in Mindanao, VIsayas and Luzon, and you will see they have different interpretations. This is the reason why they keep splitting because they dont agree with each other’s interpretations.

The bible has warns us that many in the church ( members ) will sin and become corrupt, although maintaining the appearance of spirituality. Jesus said himself, the wheat will grow up with tares until he comes back to judge the world.
Catholic has the uncanny ability to stand the weather the storms of controversy, heresy, and schism. Countless predictions of imminent demise but it still stands and going strong and bigger as years pass by.

How could it when there was no such thing as printing? What would happen to the Protestant principle “the Bible and the Bible alone,” if printing were never discovered? If we lived before Mr. John Gutenberg discovered the art of printing in the fifteenth century we should have to read manuscripts of some monk or nun who wrote out a copy of the Bible on pages of parchment or vellum. Are we to convert the world by peddling printed Bibles to the heathen and unconverted sinners? How about those who lived before the Bible was printed? How were nations made familiar with Christianity before the discovery of printing? Christ desired to save those who lived before printing was discovered as well as those who lived after its discovery. If the reading of the Bible is the only medium of salvation, how about those who cannot read and those who are too poor to buy one?

THE BLUNDERING BLUNDER OF ALL HISTORY is that people fail to understand that for the first 300 years of Christianity there was not one single BIBLE CHRISTIAN in the world and that they do not sufficiently realize, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the fact that the Bible was not multiplied in printed copies until 1,400 years after Christ.

Protestant sects claim to be founded on the Bible,

and the Bible alone. THEN WHY IS IT THAT WE HAVE SO MANY OF THEM?

It is just because there are so many different interpretations as to what the Bible means. It is the sad result of the doctrine of the right of private judgment. Every Protestant denomination claims to be founded on the Scriptures. Then how can they all be right? Is the Methodist right, or the Lutheran, or the Baptist or the Episcopalian? They can’t be right for they all differ in doctrine and government. If they do not differ, then why are they separated? Protestantism says, “Let each one read the Bible for himself and then the Holy Ghost will guide him into the truth. ” Well, then the Holy Ghost must be blamed for the Babylon of religions around us. If the Holy Ghost guides one man he becomes a Baptist, if he guides another he becomes something else and so on until people give up religion entirely. The Holy Ghost inspires no one using his own private interpretation. The Holy Ghost was guaranteed to the Church and not to individuals in the teaching of truth.

By way of analogy, suppose our Constitution of the United States could be termed our Bible of Democracy. Just think what confusion would happen if every Tom, Dick, and Harry using the right of private judgment interpreted the laws of our nation as he felt himself inspired by the Holy Ghost. See what would soon happen to our 48 states if we didn’t have the Supreme Court to tell us what the Constitution is saying. Without the Supreme Court our nation would come to an end as a democracy if we tolerated in government the absurd and fallacious principle of private judgment. As we must maintain a Supreme Court in government is it not all the more rational and reasonable that we have a Supreme Authority to interpret the Bible, our Constitution of Christianity, to avoid religious confusion? The proper authority to interpret the Bible is the Supreme Court of the Catholic Church, which gave the Bible to the world.

What special qualifications has the Catholic Church in the interpretation of Scripture?

(1) The New Testament was written by members of the Catholic Church. She existed before a line of the New Testament was written. Protestantism came on the scene centuries afterwards. The Gospels are really the family papers of the Catholic Church, and she alone, possessing the family traditions, can interpret what those family papers really mean. (2) The Catholic Church carefully and jealously preserved the Bible through the ages, so that Protestants would have no Gospel were it not for her. (3) She has been much more faithful to Scripture than any of the Protestant Churches. Whilst many Protestant leaders are prepared to sacrifice the Bible in order to appear scientific and modem, the Catholic Church consistently demands that every jot and tittle of God’s Word must be accepted in the original sense intended by God. (4) The Protestant Churches owe their separate existences to the fact that each denies that the others really know what Scripture means. (5) The Catholic Church was established by Christ as the rule of faith, and He declared that a man is to be regarded as a heathen if he will not hear the Church. The Catholic Church is the only qualified interpreter of Scripture.

“Without the Catholic Church you have no Bible!”
(Peter Flint – Protestant translator of the Dead Sea Scrolls)

# By the Apostolic succession is meant that priests and bishops have received the Apostolic authority through an unbroken line of Popes from St. Peter to the current Pope.

# Therefore present-day bishops, as the successors of previous bishops, going back to the apostles more than 2,000 years ago, have this power by virtue of this unbroken chain.

# The doctrine that the authority and the mission given by Jesus to the Apostles have descended in a direct and unbroken line of bishops to the bishops of today

Chronology of ChristianitySearch for knowledge and truth regarding the development of the Christian religion

Catholics never outlawed the reading of the bible. They outlawed certain editions of the bible that were translated incorrectly by reformers. Versions where the word “Only” was added to the word Faith in Rom 3:28. That one word changes the whole entire meaning of the doctrine of the bible. We are not supposed to add to the word of God.

The church is the bibles guardian and the guardian of all truth because the Catholic church is the Pillar and foundation of all truth(1 Tim 3:15). The Catholic church is the biggest promoter of scripture and always has been. We wrote it(at least the new testament), copied it, passed it on, and canonized it in 382 At the council of Rome under Pope Damasus I.

If it was not for the Catholic Church and her popes and traditions the world would never of even known what the bible was. Protestants only know the bible because of us. Martin Luther admitted that. St Augustine also did in the 4th century. fundamentalist always spread rumors about us keeping the scriptures away from people. Bugt htose are just lies.

The Catholic Church protected the Bible across the ages until the Gutenberg press was invented in 1440AD.

Century after century, Monks in Monasteries faithfully copied Scripture. It would take each monk a lifetime to copy one Bible and thousands of faithful Catholics dedicated their lives to this work.

Catholics protected the Bible over the centuries of wars, famines, plaques, the fall of Rome, fires, and threats from all sides. This was long before any other denomination existed.

And the Catholic Church decided which books to include in the Bible in the Synod’s of Hippo (393 AD) and confirmed it at Carthage (397 AD).

The non-Catholic scholar Peter Flint, who translated the Dead Sea Scrolls, tells us that there was no Bible until the 300’s when the Catholic Church infallibly decided on what books belong there. Before that there were hundreds of letters and the Septuagint.

Even the word Bible is not in the Bible. It was coined by Catholics. It means books from the Greek word βυβλος-byblos meaning “papyrus”, from the ancient Phoenician city of Byblos which exported papyrus, the “paper” of the day.  We love the Bible. Honest!

The Bible is all we need, not the Pope, not the Church! Unfortunately, the Bible alone theory is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches us and shows us that the Church came before the Bible. After all, what books did Jesus write? None! Jesus deliberately chose NOT to write. Instead He chose to establish a Church to teach in His name!
Bible was composed as a collection of books and letters the Church had to select from amongst the documents in circulation at that time. It took many years of study before the decisions were completed about which books and letters belonged in the collection, called the Bible.
The Bible was not put under one cover until 397 AD at the Council of Carthage.
It took a monk 10 months to hand copy the Bible. Prior to the Bible being put under one cover, who was the authority figure for the early church? Remember, the Bible did not exist as we know it today. There is NO denying the fact that authority was the church–not the Bible.
(2) How did the early Christians each own a Bible if the printing press wasn’t developed until the 1500’s? Even after the printing press was developed how many Christian could afford to own a Bible?
(3) Why does JESUS state the final authority is the church in Matthew 18:15-17?
(4) Where in the Bible does it state that the “Bible” is the only authority for Christians?
(5) How did the majority of the people who were uneducated read the Bible prior to 1500 and even to this day?
(6) What is the pillar and foundation of truth (1 Tim 3:15)?
(7) What books of the Bible did Jesus write?
(8) Where in the Bible does Jesus command the Apostles to write?
(9) How do you know that your interpretation of the Bible is correct?
(10) How did the Bible know what books to include under its cover?

The only logical conclusion is that the Bible as our only guide is unbiblical!! The Church came first!!
When did Jesus establish His Church? Jesus establishes His church when He states the following in Mt. 16:18: And I say also unto thee, That thou are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Let us look at several verses that state that Jesus established a teaching Church not a Bible reading Church.

(Mt. 28-19) Jesus states – Go ye therefore, and TEACH all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
(Mk. 16-15) Jesus states – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and PREACH the gospel to every creature.
(Mk 16-20) – And they went forth, and PREACHED everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
The apostles did not read from the New Testament, which was yet to be written, instead they taught by “word of mouth” and by tradition, as shown in the following verses:
(2 Thes. 2-15) – Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
(2 Tim. 2-2) – And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

The first mass produced printed book was the Bible, a version based on the Latin edition from about 380 AD. The Bible was printed at Mainz, Germany by Johannes Gutenberg from 1452 -1455.

In 1455, Gutenberg demonstrated the power of the printing press by selling copies of a two-volume Bible Biblia Sacra) for 300 florins each. This was the equivalent of approximately three years’ wages for an average clerk, but it was significantly cheaper than a handwritten Bible that could take a single monk 20 years to transcribe
The Bible, printed at Mainz, probably required several years of work; it began in 1452 and was completed not later than 1455 and printed in an edition of about 180 copies. The text of the Bible is Latin. Colored initials and other illuminations were hand drawn after the pages were printed. The Gutenberg Bible lacks many print features that modern readers are accustomed to, such as pagination, word spacing, indentations, and paragraph breaks.
The Bible was large comprising over 1280 pages, and the text was laid out in two columns.

The German Gothic type-style was modeled on manuscripts of the period. The columns of text are tightly justified right and left. This is possible because Latin words can be abbreviated by replacing letters with symbols. The printed text was black, with red and blue headers and initials being added later by an illuminator. The edition includes both vellum and paper copies. In design and workmanship, the Gutenberg Bible holds its place as one of the finest of all printed books.

“It is important to realize that the Church does not derive her belief from the Scriptures alone.This will come as a surprise to those who, whenever they hear of a particular Christian teaching, ask: “Is it in the Bible?”

The Church was spread throughout the entire Roman Empire before a single book of the New Testament was written.There were already many martyrs in the Church before there were either Gospels or Epistles. An authoritative and recognized ministry was carrying on the Lord’s work at His command, speaking in His name as witnesses of what they had seen, before anyone decided to write a single line of the New Testament.

“Who wrote the Christian Bible?”
No one wrote the Christian Bible. The Bible is a library of books, and libraries are not written, they are made. The books and letters in the Christian Bible were written by Moses, David, Isaiah, Matthew, John, Paul, Peter and numerous other inspired writers.

“Well, who made the Christian Bible?”
The Catholic Church. This she did by collecting the Jewish and Christian writings extant, and selecting from them the books and letters that form the canon of Scripture, declaring them to be writings that were inspired by God.

“What is the origin and meaning of the word Bible?”
“What is meant by the Bible being inspired? Does it mean that God wrote the words therein?”
No, the words were written by men, but the thought was under Divine guidance. Inspiration means that an extraordinary influence was exerted by the Holy Spirit that purified, elevated the moral natures of certain men, illumined their understanding and caused them, mediately or immediately, to write the books and letters that are in the Bible.

At the time the Bible was composed as a collection of books and letters the Church had to select from amongst the documents in circulation at that time. It took many years of study before the decisions were completed about which books and letters belonged in the collection, called the Bible. The Church had to rely on more than 300 years of “traditional” teachings to make those decisions. It is remarkable that after so many years they could figure out what was authentic teachings and what was not

“When was the Christian Canon of Scripture determined?”
The Canon recognized by the Catholic Church for the past fifteen centuries (73 books) was specified in the Council of Laodicea in 367 A.D., and was definitely adopted in the Council of Carthage in 397 A.D., after being sent to the Pope for confirmation.

While some of the books ratified by the Council of Carthage had always been considered to be canonical, others had been disputed. Finally at this Council a union of minds was reached as to the canonicity of the whole 73 books and epistles.

In the 16th century Martin Luther greatly stirred the religious world, by dubbing as apocrypha certain books that were unquestioned for twelve centuries. He declared the Epistle of St. James to be an “Epistle of straw”; threw “Esther” into the Elbe; called “Judith” a mere poem; “Tobias” a farce; and expressed regret that the “second Book of Machabees” was ever written. The Council of Trent (1546) therefore deemed it expedient to declare, ex-cathedra, that is by the infallible authority of the Church, that the list of books adopted at the Council of Carthage is the authoritative, the finally determined, collection of writings composed under Divine inspiration.

A non-Catholic co-worker claims there were early Christian councils that upheld the 66 books of the Old Testament, but the Catholic Church suppressed them, and it was Martin Luther who finally stood up to the Church and reclaimed the true Bible for Christians. Is there any truth to his statement?
Answer

No. There were no early councils that endorsed the 66 books Protestants honor (check the facts in your local library). The current canon of Scripture was affirmed at the Council of Rome in 382 under Pope Damasus, which included all and only the seventy-three books Catholics honor today. This canon was repeated at Hippo and at Carthage (A.D. 393 and 397, respectively) and has been repeated ever since.

It was Martin Luther who tossed out the seven books considered canonical since the beginning of Church history. He also rejected the epistle to the Hebrews and the book of Revelation. He also called the epistle of James “an epistle of straw” because James 2:14–26 conflicted with his personal theology on good works. He also added the word (in his German translation) only in Romans 3:20 and Romans 4:15, and he inserted the word alone in Romans 3:28.

The Bible

Where did the Bible come from?
The Bible came from the Catholic Church. The New Testament was put under one cover in 397 A.D. this was decided at the Council of Carthage. Prior to this date the different books of the Bible were not under one cover, but they were scattered in different places. So this means, that for over three hundred years the members of the early church were taught be means of tradition because the Bible as we know it did not exist.

Who decided what books belong in the Bible?
The Catholic Church thoroughly examined all the books that were in question to be used in the New Testament and it was the Catholic Church that decided what books were inspired and which were not. Catholic monks spent their lives copying scripture over and over again until printing press was developed in 1440 AD. So this means that for over 1,400 years the Church taught the members by tradition. Even after the invention of printing, it was far too expensive for every member of a household to own a Bible. John Gutenberg printed the first edition of the Catholic Bible. It wasn’t until 1534, that Luther’s translation of the Bible appeared.

Where does it say in the Bible that the Bible is the only authority?
It doesn’t! Nowhere in the Bible does the Bible say that it is the only source of information available to a Christian. A matter of fact, the Bible states that we must look to the Church for the proper interpretation. After all, the Bible cannot interpret itself, can it? Let look at some verses that show us that private interpretation is frowned upon.

(2 Peter 1-20) – Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

(2 Peter 3-16) – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

(Acts 8-30) – And Philip ran thither to him, and read him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some men should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.

Then who is the teacher of the Scriptures?
The Holy Spirit, acting through the Catholic Church.

The reason why there are so many non-Catholic churches is because there are so many different interpretations of the Bible.
The Holy Spirit cannot be responsible for such mass confusion. There is not a “universal” Protestant Church. Some Protestants believe in infant baptism while others do not. The Catholic Church, however is universal, we have one belief system, and one leader to guide us.

(Jn 14:26) – Jesus states: But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

(John 16:13) – How be it when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.

(Acts 1-8) – But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. When decisions had to be made in the early Church, a council, along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, was gathered to decide crucial questions that needed to be answered.

(Acts 15:1-2) – When therefore Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and disputation with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain other of them should go to Jerusalem unto the apostles and elders about this questions (this verse shows that Council did not use scripture to settle this difference)

(Acts 16:4) – As they went on their way through the cities, they delivered to them for observance the decisions which had been reached by the apostles and elders who were at Jerusalem so the churches were strengthened in the faith and they increased in numbers daily.

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