Catholics do believe the Bible. In fact, in Catholic and Orthodox services (and Lutheran and Anglican churches), in the span of 3 years, over 95% of the Bible will be read aloud in church. Plus, the entire Catholic Mass, including psalm, Lord’s Prayer, Eucharistic prayers, etc, is virtually lifted straight out of the Bible. While the Triune God is the foundation of Catholic church, the Bible is the God-breathed witness to the reality and activity of the Triune God. The Catholic Catechism describes the importance of the Bible for the Catholic Church:
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”. “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them” ( 104).
|To start with, we wish to gently remind our readers that it was the Church, consisting of apostles, bishops, presbyters, martyrs, and others, that actually wrote and compiled the Bible. The Bible as we have it, was not simply an arbitrary collection of books. Rather, it contains those books that represent Apostolic Teaching. In the earliest centuries AD there were hundreds of gospels floating around, which painted vastly different portraits of Jesus. It took the Church over 600 years to fully agree on the current canon of Scripture, that is those books which were defined as divinely inspired. In the first and early second centuries AD, there was no universally defined canon of Scripture, although by the 2nd and 3rd centuries, most of the books in our current Bible were generally universally accepted throughout the Christian world, although 2 John, 3 John, 2 Peter, Hebrews, and Revelation were still disputed. Obviously, the Bible did not fall from the sky “as is”; the Church Fathers (under the guidance of the Holy Spirit) decided which books were to be included, and which were spurious.|