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Don’t Treat the Bible Like a Harry Potter Spellbook

Ivan Latham, on the “Road to Damascus”, oh, wait! that was St. Paul. I mean, on the “Notes from Damascus”, points out the irony of casting out the Word of God in Sacred Tradition and replacing it with private interpretation. He says:

Notes From Damascus

The One Holy Apostolic Catholic Church came before the Bible as we know it. So this actually shows up the fallacy of a sola scripture approach, where everything has to be validated according to whether it is mentioned in the sacred text. Jesus did not say, ‘Go and write a book about everything I have said.’ No, rather He commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Good News to all nations. Initially this instruction was fulfilled via the Jewish scriptures, and the oral tradition. The Biblical canon was only approved much later. And yes, of course the sacred text is vital to the life of faith. It is far too neglected, and prayerful study of the Bible yields much spiritual fruit in the life of the faithful Catholic. However, parallel to Sacred Scripture runs the stream of Sacred Tradition which preceded it (2 Thessalonians 2:15)


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