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Use of media and Bible verses

Posted on April 8, 2017 at 6:35 AM

Some people seem to use the media on the internet like they use the Bible: They have their own opinion which is in no way based on any facts - and now they are looking for links (or Bible verses for that matter) that seem to confirm that opinion (completely neglecting the trustworthiness of the source or the context in the Bible). This is destructive for the people who do that and highly dangerous for society as a whole.

Bible Interpretation

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 2:05 PM

"It is raining cats and dogs!" - Just imagine someone writes that down and somebody else reads it 2000 years after that. The reactions might be: "Oh heck, those poor animals!" "You need to see that symbolically. Cats were symbols for the feminine and dogs for the masculine part in human beings!" ""That was a cultural thing. Cats and dogs were used to call for rain. That does not apply to us anymore." - Rings a bell? Same with the Written Word of God - the Bible. You need to understand what background the writers and those the writings were addressed to had, under what circumstances the texts were written and what the purpose was. For that we needthose in the Church who were annointed and who are in apostolic succession - along with those they gave authority to. Only then can we understand the true meaning of the Holy Scripture and trust its interpretation as being in line with what the authors had in mind!

Bible Sharing

Posted on February 1, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Should I take part in 'Bible sharing'?

Basically, there is nothing wrong with it. If it stays at Bible sharing though, there is a lot wrong with it. The problem we face today is that Catholics don't know anymore what the Church teaches and what the Bible says. Therefore, Bible study (both individually on a daily basis and led by Church authorities) and sound catechesis are crucial for every Catholic and should be offered by priests, deacons and those appointed by the Bishops. If not, Bible sharing is close to being worthless - even dangerous when it leads people to believe that it is enough for their spiritual formation. It is not.