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The Profession of Faith

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the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children,

and talks with them.”

68

II.

I

nspiration and

T

ruth of

S

acred

S

cripture

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.”

69

“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.”

70

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.”

71

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.”

72

108

Still, the Christian faith is not a “religion of the book.”

Christianity is the religion of the “Word” of God, a word which is

“not a written and mute word, but the Word which is incarnate and

living.”

73

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.”

74

68

DV

21.

69

DV

11.

70

DV

11; cf.

Jn

20:31;

2 Tim

3:16;

2 Pet

1:19-21; 3:15-16.

71

DV

11.

72

DV

11.

73 St. Bernard,

S. missus est hom.

4, 11: PL 183, 86.

74 Cf

. Lk

24:45.

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