Mis-Leading Assertions About the Bible
Luther W. Martin
St. James, Missouri
Recently, newspapers have published a display ad, paid for by the Knights of Columbus, with the barefaced assertion serving as the title... "The Bible is a Catholic Book." Now if by using the word "catholic" they mean that the Bible is a book for UNIVERSAL use or application, then we will agree with the assertion. But if they mean that the Bible was or is the product of the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, then we flatly reject such a claim, and ask the Knights for PROOF rather than mere CLAIMS.
One might as well assert... "The U.S. Constitution is a Democratic Document," meaning that it is the product of the Democratic Party, when in reality it ante-dates the Democratic Party. The same could be said if we had asserted... "The U.S. Constitution is a Republican Document." The point that we wish to firmly establish is, that the books of the Bible existed for centuries before there was any religious movement in the world known as the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH.
Even "Saint" Jerome, the translator of the Latin Vulgate, which is the primary version of the Bible that the Roman Church uses, rejected the books of the Old Testament which modern Romanism adds to the canon of the Old Testament. Other scholars who rejected the "apocryphal" books of the O. T., now accepted by the Latin Church, include Origen, Athanasius, Hilary, Gregory Nazianzen, Chrysostom, Epiphanius, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Melito.
The Jewish historian, Josephus, listed the canon of the Old Testament as received and accepted by the Jewish nation. His list agrees exactly with the canon of the Old Testament as has been accepted by non-Catholics from the beginning. Josephus was born in the year 37 A. D.
Historians of the Roman Catholic persuasion such as Bellarmine and Du Pin, also admit that the apocryphal books (which non-Catholic reject) were rejected by the Jews... and after all, was not the Old Testament designed for, written for, and delivered to the Jews?
Thus, history establishes that the Roman Catholic Church has perverted and distorted the BIBLE, rather than protecting it or giving it to the world! (Read 2 Timothy 3:1517).
Who Made this Marvelous Machine?
If there are a thousand miles of blood vessels in my body, if there are 1,500.000 sweat glands on its surface, if my lungs are composed of 700,000,000 cells, if my heartbeats for a single day were "concentrated into one huge throb of vital power, it would be sufficient to throw a ton of iron 120 feet into the air" then, since it has already beat 3,000,000,000 times since I was born and has lifted what would equal the weight of 600,000 tons, if my nervous system controlled by a brain that has 3,000,000,000,000 nerve cells of which 9,200,000,000 are in the cortex or covering of the brain alone, and if in my veins there are 3,000.000 white corpuscles and 180,000,000,000,000 red ones--then it is some job for an amoeba to evolute himself into that complexity, I grant' It sounds to me more like the work of God'
The Psalmist wrote: "I will praise Thee: for I am fearfully and: wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14).
Truth Magazine VII: 9, pp. 1b