CHRISTIAN SECTS AND THE BIBLE
All Christian sects prove the
authenticity of their sect from the Bible. And each of them
jealously proves itself right and the others wrong from the words of
the Bible. . .for all claim this is the Word of God. The
Catholic Church alone does not prove its Divine origin from the
While all Christian sects prove their
origin from the Bible, the Catholic Church proves its Divine origin
from the Tradition of early Church and, in the process, has produced
the Bible which the same Tradition has shown to be the Word of God.
If, therefore, we ask all Christian
sects why they believe that the Bible is the Word of God, their
answer must be "because the Catholic Church said so." Because
there is no other proof that the Bible is the Word of God.
We cannot say that the Bible is the
Word of God because the same book says so. A thousand books
are making the same claim. The proof must be outside the book.
And the proof is found in the Tradition of the Catholic Church --
those sets of rites, letters, creeds, writings, Gospels written by
the Apostles, their pupils and Holy successors that kept the Church
established by Christ one and united at its beginnings. It is
these people who compiled some of these writings and declared it to
be the Bible wherewith the summary of the teachings of Christ may be
Vincent of Lerins