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What does it mean to be inspired?
Transcript of What does it mean to be inspired?
What does it mean to be inspired?
The Catholic Church teaches that the Bible can influence us precisely because its sacred authors were inspired by God.
Holy Mother Church… accepts as sacred… the books of the Old and New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author, and have been handed on as such to the Church itself.
Constitution on Divine Revelation, no. 11
The Bible is the inspired Word of God
God inspired the authors of the Bible.
• The Holy Spirit assisted the sacred authors so they wrote faithfully and without error the truth that God wanted them to write.
• The Bible is without error because God is the ultimate author.
• The Bible is the Word of God spoken through the words of human beings.
• The sacred authors wrote from the point of view of faith in God and in the creative work of God through the experience of their time and culture.
Inerrancy: Because the authors of Sacred Scripture were inspired by God,
the saving meaning or truth found in the Scriptures cannot be wrong.
United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 516
Inspiration: ‘Inspiration’ is the word used to describe the gift of the
Holy Spirit given to the human writers of the Bible, so that, using their
talents and abilities, they wrote the truth that God wanted people to know
for their salvation. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 137
Understanding the Bible Today
The Bible speaks to us today just as it spoke to the generations of old
To understand the Bible today, we need:
• the guidance of the whole faith community, the Church;
• guidance from the Magisterium or teaching authority;
• guidance from Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture.
How should we honor our Sacred Scripture?
Jews honor their Sacred Scripture
• Jews read their Scripture from large scrolls kept in a sacred place.
• Scrolls are handwritten by a sofer; no mistakes are allowed.
• Old, tattered scrolls are burned, the ashes disposed of with dignity.
• Some Jews read their Scripture and pray only in Hebrew.
Muslims honor the Qur’an
• The Qur’an is generally not used in public worship as it is considered to be too sacred.
• The Qur’an is never placed on the floor or under another book.
• Muslims believe that the sacred writings should not be translated.
• The Qur’an must be read in Arabic because Muhammad received it that way directly from God.
Christians honor their Sacred Scripture:
The Bible—The Most Widely Read Book in the World
• First book to be printed using a printing press.
• Estimated 2.5 billion copies printed and distributed since 1815.
• Many social values rooted in the Bible.
• Available in 2426 languages.
• Accessible to 90 per cent of the world’s population.
The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
‘I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.’
August 28, 1963
The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, hasbeen entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone. This means that the task of interpretation has been entrusted to the bishops in communion with the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome.
CCC, no. 85
Magisterium: The teaching authority of the Church made up of the Pope and bishops, who are responsible for interpreting the Word of God.