Literal Christians

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Registered: 04-20-2003
Literal Christians
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 4:06pm
Am I right that Catholics do not take the Bible literally? That we believe it's the inspired word of God but not meant to be taken literally word for word. Could someone explain this to me better. I know we are both scripture-based and Tradition, but we are not Literal Christiams. Am I right? Thanks, Catherine
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Registered: 03-21-2003
Tue, 06-24-2003 - 10:32pm
I don't believe we are. Bro Rich will probably have a specific answer. While there is historical evidence to many events of the Bible so that we could take some books literally, we have Traditions that extend beyond it, such as devotion to Mary which Literal Christians do not acknowledge.


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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 06-25-2003 - 10:20am
As Catholics we believe that God has revealed His Truth to us through Divine Revelation. This Divine Revelation consists of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Apostolic Teaching. The early Christians as Scripture says held fast to the teaching of the Apostles. The early Christians only had the Old Testament and a few letters of the New Testament along with the teaching of the Apostles. This Apostolic Teaching is what was then used to form the additional portion of the New Testament under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Catholics understand that Sacred Tradition always interprets Sacred Scripture. That Sacred Scripture is never opposed to Sacred Tradition. The "sense" or meaning of a specific Scripture passage is intrepreted by the Apostolic teaching handed down through the Church from Bishop to Bishop. Some passages are taken literly, others are not. Divine Revelation is not ink on a page it is the living Revelation of God to us through His Church.