The Bible is the best Book in the world. It is the Word of God. It is better than any other book that has ever been written or ever will be written.
1) Author of the Bible
An author is not the stenographer that writes down what he is told, but the one who tells what is to be written. Since God is the Author, the Bible cannot contain any error. “All Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). Copyists and printers, however, can and do make mistakes in copying the Bible.
2) Word of God
Since the Bible is the Word of God, it must be treated with the greatest reverence. This is why we take solemn oaths on the Bible, stand up when the Gospel is read, and have incense and lights used when the Gospel is sung at solemn High Mass.
3) Old and New Testament
The Old Testament was recognized by Jesus Christ, approved by Him, and often quoted by Him. Evidences from the New Testament prove that this was written by Christ’s Apostles and disciples. The style of the Gospels shows clearly that they were written by Jews. That the writers lived in the first century is shown by the vividness of their knowledge about Jerusalem, which was destroyed before the end of that century. The earliest Christian writers testify to the reliability of the Gospels; the consent of the churches of the time proves such reliability.
4) Gospel of Matthew
St. Matthew was one of the twelve Apostles. Before he followed Our Lord, he was a tax-gatherer or publican called Levi. Matthew was the first Evangelist to write the Gospel, about six years after Our Lord’s Ascension. His work, written in Hebrew for the Jews of Palestine, was translated into Greek in the time of the Apostles. His work shows Jesus as proving Himself to be the promised Messias.
5) Gospel of Mark
St. Mark was the disciple of St. Peter, and wrote according to what he heard from St. Peter himself. He wrote for the Christians of Rome about ten years after Our Lord’s Ascension. St. Peter approved what he wrote, which shows Christ as the Son of God.
6) Gospel of Luke
St. Luke was converted by St. Paul and became his disciple. He wrote about twenty-four years after Our Lord’s Ascension, for a distinguished citizen of Rome. His work contains many details about the Blessed Virgin.
7) Gospel of John
St. John was Christ’s Beloved Disciple. He wrote about sixty-three years after Our Lord’s Ascension. The last of the Apostles to die, he wrote in his old age to testify, against heretics who had arisen, that Jesus Christ is true God.
Written by Most Reverend Louis LaRavoire Morrow and edited by Godwin Delali Adadzie.