The Word of God
The Bible is the word of God. How do we know this? The Church told us that it's the Word of God.
In 382 AD, at the Roman Council, Pope Damasus assembled a list of books of the Bible, 73 books.
He commissioned St. Jerome to translate all 73 books from their original language (Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic) into Latin,
thereby creating the Latin Vulgate.
In 1546, the Church declared the Latin Vulgate to be the only authentic and official version of
In 1582, an English version of the New Testament was published by the English College at Rheims.
In 1609, an English version of the Old Testament was published by the English College at Douay.
The complete English version became known as the Douay-Rheims Bible.
In 1611, the first King James Version was published, which contained the same 73 books as
the Douay-Rheims Bible.
From 1749 to 1752, the whole Douay-Rheims Bible was revised by Bishop Richard Challoner, offering
improved English and many notes which explain the meaning of hard to understand verses.
If you don't accept the authority of the Church, when it defined the Bible, then you have a serious
problem. Where did the Bible come from and how do you know that it's the Word of God?
Some people reason like this: (1) The Bible is the Word of God, because (2) the Bible says it is
the Word of God and (3) we know what the Bible says is true, because (1) the Bible is the Word of God. This is a circular
definition and proves nothing.
(This is a work in progress. To be continued.)