Of all the books ever written or published, the Bible is the most widely read, studied, translated, printed, sold, gifted, distributed, and quoted. It is the best-selling book of all time. When it comes to teaching about the nature of God and his desires for us, no other book comes close. In the Bible, we discover the depth and generosity of God’s love, as well as his desire to soothe humanity’s yearning for truth and happiness. Where did the Bible come from? How did we come to be blessed with such a rare treasure?
As Catholics, we believe that both the “Sacred Scriptures and sacred tradition form one sacred deposit of the word of God” (Dei Verbum). God reveals himself in nature, he reveals himself in Scriptures, and he reveals himself in the life of the Church.
It is this dynamic interaction between the Scriptures and tradition that keeps the Word alive. If you separate the Scriptures from the living, breathing institution they were entrusted to, they lose their life.
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