GOD’S WORD EXISTED … even before the printing press.
Have you ever wondered how God’s Word made it from Abraham to Moses? From Moses to the Apostles? From the Apostles to Gutenberg? And from Gutenberg to today? The answer is, “mostly orally” … and with complete accuracy!
It was the ministry of the Holy Spirit that did it, and He used faithful men and women to make it all happen. The Bible says God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Mal 3:6). If He was involved with preserving the integrity of the Word and used the Church Jesus started, then He’s still doing that today. God doesn’t change!
You can trust the Church because you can trust God!
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH …
The Church was entrusted by Jesus with the full deposit of the Word and the faith. It’s called Apostolic teachings in the Bible. And from these teachings, the Catholic Church gave the world the Bible — the complete Bible!
THE EVIDENCE IN SCRIPTURE …
The Apostle St. Paul did not have a Bible (but he was busy writing a lot of Epistles that the Church later included in the Bible). What St. Paul did was tell others, if you want to know the Way of Jesus, just imitate me (paraphrased). That’s called Sacred Tradition, folks. And his lesson on this is definitely part of the Bible text (1 Cor 4:16; 1 Cor 11:2; 2 Thes 2:15; 2 Thes 3:6 ).
A CONTINUOUS LINE OF APOSTOLIC AUTHORITY …
St. Paul’s writings are important also for documenting the intention of the Apostles to establish a continuous line of apostolic authority in the Church from its beginning, through today, to the end of the age (Matt 28:20) when Jesus returns in glory to rule heaven and earth. St. Paul told Timothy to publicly entrust faithful men with the mission of teaching these things to others also (2 Tim 2:2).
SACRED TRADITION! SACRED SCRIPTURE! …
Sacred tradition and sacred scripture are different, but very much the same. It’s possible because of the CHRIST!
It’s cool to be Catholic! COOL2B!