Chapter One, Article 3, Section II. Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
105 God is the author of Sacred Scripture. “The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.”“For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the Old and the 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 herself.”106 God inspired the human authors of the sacred books. “To compose the sacred books, God chose certain men who, all the while he employed them in this task, made full use of their own faculties and powers so that, though he acted in them and by them, it was as true authors that they consigned to writing whatever he wanted written, and no more.”107 The inspired books teach the truth. “Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as affirmed by the Holy Spirit, we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred Scriptures.”108 Still, the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book”. Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, “not a written and mute word, but incarnate and living”. If the Scriptures are not to remain a dead letter, Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, must, through the Holy Spirit, “open (our) minds to understand the Scriptures.”IN BRIEF134 “All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and that one book is Christ, because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ” (Hugh of St. Victor, De arca Noe 2, 8: PL 176, 642).135 “The Sacred Scriptures contain the Word of God and, because they are inspired, they are truly the Word of God” (DV 24).136 God is the author of Sacred Scripture because he inspired its human authors; he acts in them and by means of them. He thus gives assurance that their writings teach without error his saving truth (cf DV 11).137 Interpretation of the inspired Scripture must be attentive above all to what God wants to reveal through the sacred authors for our salvation. What comes from the Spirit is not fully “understood except by the Spirit’s action’ (cf. Origen, Hom. in Ex. 4, 5: PG 12, 320).138 The Church accepts and venerates as inspired the 46 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New.139 The four Gospels occupy a central place because Christ Jesus is their centre.140 The unity of the two Testaments proceeds from the unity of God’s plan and his Revelation. the Old Testament prepares for the New and the New Testament fulfils the Old; the two shed light on each other; both are true Word of God.141 “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord” (DV 21): both nourish and govern the whole Christian life. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” ( Ps 119:105; cf. Is 50:4).
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Is that even a valid argument when speaking about Jesus the Christ and the Sacred Scriptures? I think not. Here is why: Scripture cannot be compared to bathwater. You put the baby in, you take the baby out. They are two completely separate entities. Christ cannot be separated from the scriptures. According to the Catholic Catechism “All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and that one book IS Christ, because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ” (Hugh of St. Victor, De arca Noe 2, 8: PL 176, 642). [Emphasis mine]
What does the phrase “All Sacred Scripture” mean? Also from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Chapter One, Article 3 – Sacred Scripture, Section I. Christ – The Unique Word of Sacred Scripture
104 In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, “but as what it really is, the word of God”. [Emphasis mine]
Chapter One, Article 3 – Sacred Scripture, Section IV. The Canon of Scripture
123 Christians venerate the Old Testament as TRUE Word of God. the Church has always vigorously opposed the idea of rejecting the Old Testament under the pretext that the New has rendered it void (Marcionism). [Emphasis mine]
Am I tying the baby to the bathwater? It is my experience that you can’t tie anything to water. It is fluid. Much how some describe the faith. This is how I picture the analogy of a fluid faith. Fill a bucket with gravel, that would be reason. These are the concrete things we experience and know to be true because we’ve seen it with our own eyes or they are ways of making sense of our perception of reality. Now fill that bucket with water. That is God. He only fills in the parts we don’t already have figured out. He’s the God of the gaps. When our perception of reality changes, our God changes with it. But scripture says that God does not change. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
No, I am not tying the baby to the bathwater. Scripture cannot be compared to bathwater. It is fallacious to do so. ALL of scripture is, according to church tradition, a solid foundation of the truth – the truth of Jesus Christ and of God himself. Inseparable. Bundled tightly together.
I am questioning that solid foundation. In fact, I doubt much of that foundation. It is cracked. In chipping away the loose pieces so that I could get a clean surface to repair, I’m beginning to wonder if the foundation is faulty. I’m not sure it can be repaired.