The Bible as God's Word
With the quietude of the 11th Street, New Manila, Quezon City as backdrop of the regular Lay Salvatorian session, Fr. Christopher Kowalczyk, SDS expounded on what the Bible is, its importance, raised facts and cleared myths about the Scriptures on July 1, 2012.
He stressed that the Bible is the Word of God, His message to His people and moreover, that the Bible represents His promise of eternal life. It does not attempt to prove the existence of God. "The Bible", he said," is God's way of talking to us. It is God's way of sharing His life and love to man whom he created from His own image and likeness. The Bible is His revelation of His plan. The words on its pages were written by human authors, at different places and times but they wrote under the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. These authors were chosen to communicate God's Holy Words to people in a way that was familiar to them so that they could understand, hence the stories that abound in the Bible, which were used as vehicles for giving clear examples."Though there are those who challenge the veracity of some of the parts of the Bible, due to lack of systematic scientific laws, he intensely explained that human minds alone, cannot come with something as complex, with no contradictions or errors and the divinely revealed realities of the Holy Scriptures could only come from the Almighty, speaking to the chosen men and telling them what to write.
Stressing that the Church has accepted the Bible as to have been handed by God Himself, as it is written in the Church's heart and not merely a document to be used as reference of faith, Fr. Chris continued to compare the books of different faiths which show diversity in the number of chapters and verses, use of words in the translation process and interpretation.
Beyond the doubts, the alleged unworthiness, the rejection of some books, is however the staunch belief of the faithful. As it is said, "Ignorance of the Bible is ignorance of Christ."
Fr. Chris encourages each of the faithful listeners to read the Scripture, as it serves as a guide on how to live one's daily life in a way that is pleasant in the eyes of our Creator. In times of need, trouble, pain and suffering, and even in the time of joy, the Holy Scriptures brings order and decency. Many claim to find solace in the Bible in their darkest hours, and this is true, for it is the Bible alone that can show one how to receive salvation and that is through Christ alone.