A New Podcast from NABaudio.com
At NABaudio.com, we believe that the interpretive key to understanding the Bible (it is sometimes called the hermeneutic key) is Wisdom. Some will disagree and say that Christ is the interpretive key, but this is no disagreement since Christ is Wisdom Incarnate.
Wisdom teaches us to “fear the Lord,” (Proverbs) that is, to be in awe and to give him the reverence that is due. We call our Scriptures “sacred” because they are set apart from all other writings. There is absolutely no way that other ancient writings are on par with the Scriptures,(1) because, as the Church teaches us, the Scriptures have God as their author. Discussions of whether the human authors of the Bible made use of other written “sources”, are situated historically and therefore limited, are influenced by their culture and prevailing literary forms, or any other factor that may be present and helpful in understanding the biblical texts, must be subordinated to the fact that God is the primary author of the Bible. That is the starting point for approaching this holy book, the one which sets limits on these other factors, if they are present.
The Church explains further that even the biblical authors are superior to all other authors (2). We call the authors “sacred” because we believe that they were given helps and aids to put into writing those things which will help believers to have faith in God. They themselves had faith and desired by their writing to move others to faith. If the result of one’s reading of the Bible or one’s study of its details does not lead to faith, then there is something very wrong!
The Church warns us that it is “absolutely wrong and forbidden” to accuse the sacred authors of “error”(3). Even more, the Church teaches us that the idea of Inspiration – that the Scriptures are God-breathed – is not limited to certain parts of the Bible, or only to matters of faith and morals (4). It would be difficult to see why one who is humble and who takes to heart the idea that God is the author of the text would use the word “error” when discussing the Bible. Too often, our discussions of biblical texts are done in a spirit of investigation rather than one of humble listening, learning, and obedience.
NABaudio.com will be launching a new Podcast: Keeping Scripture Sacred. In this podcast, we will be discussing the Scriptures from the point of view explained above – reverencing the sacredness of the Bible and its authors, and trying to gain sustenance from the Bible by virtue of the gift of Wisdom, which we must constantly ask God for. We will discuss the current readings from the Daily Audio Bible, introductions to the Biblical books, its characters, its relevance for our lives, its historical relevance, its relation to the Church, Biblical spirituality, etc — all with an eye towards building up faith and keeping the Scriptures Sacred. If you would like to join us in this venture, and support our efforts to reverence the Bible, look for our podcast releases and purchase them.
Episodes coming soon…
(1) Pope Pius XII, Humani Generis #39
(3) Pope Leo XIII, Provendentissimus Deus, #20