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DOCTRINE QUESTION 46
Do you know where the Bible comes from? Only the Catholic Church knows for sure?
This is both a question and a statement. It came to me from an anonymous source from one who cannot defend their convictions, otherwise they would have identified themselves. The article erroneously says that the Church did not come from the Bible, but the Bible from the Church. The Catholic and Protestant Churches are not once mentioned in the Bible. There is but one true church which is His People redeemed by His blood (Acts 20:28). It is not an organization but a living organism.
As to the source of the Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16 says "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" The word "scripture" means writings, and the word inspiration means "God expired (or breathed) the words written" In 2 Peter 1:20 "For prophecy came not in old times by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Long before any man invented church system there was the Bible. When Jesus said "I will (future tense) build my church" - Matthew 16:18, the church had not yet began. The Old Testament was then complete and used by Him and other. Near the end of the first century the New Testament was completed. There is no evidence in history or otherwise that any of the existing church systems were then in existence. The claims of this and that are easily made, but impossible to prove from scripture. Isaiah 8:20 says "If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Let God be true and every man a liar" - Romans 3:4
All comments and questions to: Harold Smith
Updated July 2009, by Shelly Allen