Re: Challenge VanniApr 6th, 2005
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Quote: Whereas, religion will hang onto their myths even when they fly in the face of all reason and understanding... I think if you were to actually look into the official teaching of the Catholic Church you will find that nowhere do they say that God created the universe in 7-24 hour days. Take some time to do some research on some Catholic Bible scholars and I think you will be very surprised about what the teaching of the Church is.
Anyone who has continued to study their faith will have progressed beyond the Adam and Eve theology. The problem I have is with people that think that since the Bible can't be taken as a literal history book, then anything to do with religion is a bunch of "hocus-pocus".
I've said on many occasions that I don't believe in Adam & Eve, believe that evolution is a very likely scenario for our development, many stories in the Bible are exactly that, stories. However, to ridicule people because they have a different belief system then your own is simply wrong.
As a very wise person once said, a few people hate the Catholic Church for what it stands for, a great many people hate the Catholic Church for what they believe it stands for.
Don't feel bad though, as this is common of most Christians in that when an aspect of the Bible becomes unbelievable, they discount it, or claim that it was mistranslated, or should not be taken literally.
The Catholic Church maintains that the Holy Bible not only contains the word of God, but IS the word of God.
New Advent: Catholic Encyclopedia (external - login to view)
The Bible, as the inspired recorded of revelation, contains the word of God; that is, it contains those revealed truths which the Holy Ghost wishes to be transmitted in writing. However, all revealed truths are not contained in the Bible (see TRADITION); neither is every truth in the Bible revealed, if by revelation is meant the manifestation of hidden truths which could not other be known. Much of the Scripture came to its writers through the channels of ordinary knowledge, but its sacred character and Divine authority are not limited to those parts which contain revelation strictly so termed. The Bible not only contains the word of God; it is the word of God. The primary author is the Holy Ghost, or, as it is commonly expressed, the human authors wrote under the influence of Divine inspiration. It was declared by the Vatican Council (Sess. III, c. ii) that the sacred and canonical character of Scripture would not be sufficiently explained by saying that the books were composed by human diligence and then approved by the Church, or that they contained revelation without error. They are sacred and canonical "because, having been written by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, that have God for their author, and as such have been handed down to the Church". The inerrancy of the Bible follows as a consequence of this Divine authorship. Wherever the sacred writer makes a statement as his own, that statement is the word of God and infallibly true, whatever be the subject-matter of the...Quote has been trimmed
Neither do I feel that I have ridiculed anyone with regards to their religion, and if you feel that I have done so, then I do apologize...my intent was not to ridicule, but to show how you've been so thoroughly deceived...and how terribly wrong the whole notion of religion has always been.