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IS NOT THE BIBLE SUFFICIENT FOR SALVATION
Question from RAYMOND NELSON D'CUNHA on 11/13/2012:

Dear Rev. Fr. John Echert,

Are not the Jews the Original Authors of the Holy Biblee ? Since Jesus Christ himself was a Jew and He has said that the Scriptures are fulfilled in Him, is it not authentic to believe in the Bible for our Salvation.

Since the Holy Bible is God's Revelation, it cannot be altered ? The Catechism of the Church is derived from the Bible and some additions are made to it to suit the times. But the Bible is the true Word of God.

Answer by Fr. John Echert on 11/20/2012:

Actually, the term "Jew" only came into existence in later Old Testament history, sometime after the division of Israel into two Kingdoms, following the reign of King Solomon. And to say that the Old Testament is fulfilled in Christ, which the Church (Catholic) has always taught, is not incompatible with the existence of the Church. The Church teaches that the fullness of Revelation is in Christ but it continues to be understood and lived out over time. Bottom line: without the Church you would not even possess the Bible, as the individual writings would not have been preserved or collected together. The existence of thousands of denominations worldwide and non-denominational groups, non of which is in full accord, itself manifests that without one Church to preserve the Word of God and the Tradition of the Apostles, divine Revelation suffers and would even be unknown.

Thanks, Raymond

Father Echert

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