Holy Scripture is the inspired Word of God. Whether we like it or not, this affirmation is a fundamental dogma of the Church universal. Christ him-left made it a doctrine binding on his Church when he accepted it from the synagogue (cf. Matt. 22:43; Mark 12:36). Inspiration of the Scriptures was proclaimed by the apostles (Acts 1:16; 3:21; 4:25; 28:25; 2 Cor. 3:14 ff.; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 3:7; 9:8; 10:15; 2 Pet. 1:19 ff.). If was confessed by the Church in that great ecumenical creed which binds together all churches of Christendom. For the words of our “Nicene Creed,” (A.D. 381) concerning the Holy Spirit, “who spoke by the prophets,” not only refer to the historical fact of the oral preaching of the prophets in the past, but also to the prophetic books (which include in the Old Testament also the preexilic historical books), as the words “according to the Scriptures” in the passage on Christ’s ressurection (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3 f.) show. This scope is confirmed by both contemporary (Epiphanius) and later (for example, the Armenian) versions of the Creed; they contain formulas like “who spoke in the Law, and in the Prophets, and in the Apostles and in the Gospels.” With the Nicene Creed, all Eastern and Western Catholic churches accepted this doctrine, and all churches of the Reformation reaffirmed it. The doctrine of the divinely inspired Scriptures is so closely linked to the central doctrines of the Creed, namely the doctrines on the Trinity and the Person of Christ, that any decay in understanding the Holy Scripture as God’s Word leads necessarily to decay in believing in the God-Man Jesus Christ and in the Person of the Holy Spirit. The tragic history of modern Protestantism corroborates this relationship.

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