For those of us familiar with the stories of Our Lord’s birth, are we ever tempted to consider this event as something ordinary? Had we been alive at the time of Jesus’ birth, how would we know that it was indeed He, that He had come? By God’s providence, the Jews had been prepared to recognize the Christ. The earliest foretelling of a Redeemer was hinted when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden. Then, continuing down the through the centuries, for over 2000 years, many prophets foretold many facts about the Messiah. For example, the Jewish people were told that He would be born of a woman and be a descendant of Abraham and David; Our Lord was prophesied to be born in Bethlehem, to have come out of Egypt, and to be born of a virgin. These are some of the wonderful signs given by God in Sacred Scripture to help all people be ready for his glorious coming.
Archive for December, 2013
Where did the Bible come from? Can we depend on what we have in ours today? And why do some bibles not contain the 7 books found in the Catholic Old Testament? We begin by considering two statements made by Our Lord, namely: that the Spirit of truth will lead us into all truth, and Jesus’ hope that we might all be “one” (John 16 and 17). In this Spirit, we consider the decision by Pope Damascus to officially proclaim the divinely inspired books (382 AD). We also consider when and how those 7 books, disputed by many, came to be removed from non-Catholic Bibles. For additional information on this subject, see “The Origin of the Bible” by Dr. Brant Pitre, CD #3.