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The Profession of Faith

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saving love: these writings “are a storehouse of sublime teaching

on God and of sound wisdom on human life, as well as a wonderful

treasury of prayers; in them, too, the mystery of our salvation is

present in a hidden way.”

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Christians venerate the Old Testament as true Word of

God. The Church has always vigorously opposed the idea of

rejecting the Old Testament under the pretext that the New has

rendered it void (Marcionism).

The New Testament

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“TheWord of God, which is the power of God for salvation

to everyone who has faith, is set forth and displays its power in a

most wonderful way in the writings of the New Testament”

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which hand on the ultimate truth of God’s Revelation. Their central

object is Jesus Christ, God’s incarnate Son: his acts, teachings,

Passion and glorification, and his Church’s beginnings under the

Spirit’s guidance.

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The

Gospels

are the heart of all the Scriptures “because

they are our principal source for the life and teaching of the Incarnate

Word, our Savior.”

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We can distinguish three stages in the formation of the Gospels:

1.

The life and teaching of Jesus.

The Church holds firmly that the

four Gospels, “whose historicity she unhesitatingly affirms, faithfully

hand on what Jesus, the Son of God, while he lived among men, really did

and taught for their eternal salvation, until the day when he was taken

up.”

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2.

The oral tradition.

“For, after the ascension of the Lord, the

apostles handed on to their hearers what he had said and done, but with

that fuller understanding which they, instructed by the glorious events of

Christ and enlightened by the Spirit of truth, now enjoyed.”

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3.

The written Gospels.

“The sacred authors, in writing the four

Gospels, selected certain of the many elements which had been handed on,

either orally or already in written form; others they synthesized or ex-

plained with an eye to the situation of the churches, while sustaining the

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DV

15.

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DV

17; cf.

Rom

1:16.

97 Cf.

DV

20.

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DV

18.

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DV

19; cf.

Acts

1:1-2.

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DV

19.

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