In the past, the Bible was merely a decorative piece that was gathering dust at our home; but now it has become a shining light that tells me when to go, when to slow down or even when to stop. Contained within its pages are the basic teachings on how to live my life.
We thank God for the Church’s unwavering affirmation that God is the Author of the Bible and it’s forceful exhortation to all the Christian faithful to learn the surpassing knowledge of Jesus Christ by frequent reading of the Divine Scriptures (CCC 133).
In 2 Timothy 3:16, St. Paul wrote: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” The Greek word for “inspire” is “theopneustos” which means “God-breathed”. We marvel at how God breathed upon us and “has gone adapting His language with thoughtful concern for our weak human nature” (Dei Verbum 13). He loves us so dearly that he has stooped down to us and relayed His thoughts in a way which suits both our words and our ability to understand.
Indeed, the principal author of Scripture is God and that “the books of the Old and New Testament in their entirety, with all their parts are sacred and canonical because they are written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have God as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself” (Dei Verbum 11).
God breathing is life giving. It is His breath that gave life to words with their divine meanings, WORD that was in the beginning with God and was God. The WORD made flesh, clothed in human words. St. Jerome aptly put it when he said, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”