Question 140:

Some priests believe that the Incil (Gospel or the entire New Testament) is not entirely trustworthy. What do you think?


Answer: The Apostle Paul writes in the First Letter to the Thessalonians: God’s word, which is also at work in you believers (2:13). And the Second Vatican Council states aptly: For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life. Consequently these words are perfectly applicable to Sacred Scripture: For the word of God is living and active (Heb. 4:12) and it has power to build you up and give you your heritage among all those who are sanctified (Acts 20:32; see 1 Thess 2:13). (“Dei Verbum” (=The Constitution of the Council on Divine Revelation, no. 21)

By reading these Scriptures as the heart of the living tradition of the community of faith, they provide direction in answering numerous contemporary questions: the rights and responsibilities of the human person, the value of human life from conception to death, the necessity of protecting and preserving creation, the search for lasting justice and enduring peace for all peoples. The Gospel teaches in a particular way the worth of every individual person, the love that every person should be treated with, and trust in God, whose steadfast love endures forever (Ps 136). In our day, Holy Scripture is often misunderstood as if it undermines or even suffocates human freedom and growth. In reality Scripture is the path to truth, the path that leads to true freedom (Jn 8:32). Scripture is often regarded as out-dated and irrelevant. However, in reality, it contains the words of life that have lasting relevance. They are always new and have the power to change and renew people (Heb 4:12). Above all, however, we do not find dead words in Holy Scripture but we find Christ Himself, the eternal Word of the living God (Catechism of the Catholic Church – CCC - 108). In Holy Scripture Jesus, the Word made man, comes to meet us since the entire Holy Scripture talks to us about Christ (ebd. 134).


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