The Bible was written nostrae salutis causa i.e. “for the sake of salvation” (Dei Verbum 11). In fact, it doesn’t contain scientific notions, at least in the way by which we now conceive science. “For the sake of salvation” means that in the Bible you can find the path that leads us safely to God. The path able to preserve the cosmic order in us and around us. However, you have to read the Bible intelligently.
You can’t read the Bible literally, especially when it offers some ancient images of God and some laws contained in the Old Testament. In this way the Bible appears full of mistakes or even contradictory. Dei Verbum states that God is the author of the Bible, that’s true. However for the composition of the sacred books, God chose to be helped by men in possession of their faculties: they made use of their powers and abilities, so that with Him [i.s. God] acting in them and through themso that, though he acted in them and through them, to writing as true authors, all and only those things that he wanted to be written (Dei Verbum 11). This means that the language of the Bible is deeply affected by the cultural influences of the time when the human authors wrote it. As a result, you must understand the message contained in the passages of Scripture beyond the literary genre – the external literary form – where it is enclosed (Dei Verbum 12). In this sense, Scripture contains the Word of God for me today.
The Word of God is God’s message for you. In fact the words that come from totally different circumstances combine in various situations and circumstances of your life. These words illuminate from within your life, especially when you are in difficulties at first sight insurmountable or intractable.
If you want to understand the message contained in the Bible passages you have to read Bible with intelligence. You have to use the tools that Biblical sciences has placed at our disposal, but also not ignoring the writings of the Fathers, Doctors of the Church and also of the Mystics. A good commentary on a book of the Bible we are reading is extremely helpful in understanding the message of the text. Today there is a wide variety of commentaries, some even written in a very simple way.
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