I. Did the Catholic Church Give Us the Bible?
There are four major reasons for affirming that the Catholic Church gave us the Bible:
1. The New Testament was written by the Church. The Books of the New Testament were written by Apostles and other leading clergymen within the Church. Recall 1 Corinthians 12:28, âAnd God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues.â
2. The New Testament was written to the Church. Just as the Old Testament was written to Israel, the New Testament is written to the Church. We see this most clearly in the Epistles, which tend to be addressed either to a particular church leader (Philemon 1:1, etc.), or a local church (1 Corinthians 1:2, etc.) or a particular group of Christians (1 Peter 1-2, etc.) or the entire Church (Jude 1:1).
3. Both the Old and New Testament were compiled by the Church. Without the Church, you donât have a clear way of knowing which Books belong in the Bible and which donât. As a matter of history, the Catholic Church gave us the Bible.
4. The establishment of the Church is mentioned in Scripture. Matthew 16:17-19 . Jesus set up a Church, . One of the ways that the Church fulfilled this commission was by creating the Bible, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.