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"I dwell with the crushed and the dejected“ (Is 57:15) - Fr. Augustine Vallooran VC

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By Linda Joseph Kavalackal

The Bible is a collection of sacred scripture comprising the Old and New testament.

After the death of Christ and during the first three centuries after the establishment of Christianity, the Church fathers compiled the epistles and the gospels into the New Testament.

The non-Catholic scholar Peter Flint (he translated the Dead Sea Scrolls) asserts there was no Bible until the 300's when the Church decided on what books belong there. Before that there were hundreds of letters and the Septuagint. The Catholic Church decided which books to include in the Bible in the Synod's of Hippo (393 AD) and later at Carthage (397 A.D).

The Canon (Canon of Scripture simply means the authentic collection of those writings declared to have been inspired by God) recognised by the Catholic Church for the past fifteen centuries (73 books) was specified in the Council of Laodicea in 367 A.D.

Even the word Bible is not in the Bible. It came from the Greek word τὰ βιβλία ta biblia "the books", the diminutive of which is Biblos - which means the inner bark of the papyrus, from which paper was originally made, in Egypt. The Latin form "Biblia", came to mean "the Book of Books," "The Book" by way of pre-eminence. The Holy Scriptures were first called the Bible by St. Chrysostom, the Catholic Archbishop of Constantinople, in the 4th century.

The Bible alone theory is not what the Bible teaches. The Bible teaches us and shows us that the Church came first before the Bible. Jesus did not write a Bible – but He chose to establish a Church to teach in His name. The apostles did not read from the New Testament, which was yet to be written, instead they taught by "word of mouth" and by tradition:

(2 Thes. 2-15)Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

(2 Tim. 2-2)And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

Jesus states that the final authority is the Church in Matthew Chapter18.

(Matt 18:15) But if thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother.

(Matt 18:16) And if he will not hear thee, take with thee one or two more: that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may stand. Matt 18:17  And if he will not hear them: tell the church. And if he will not hear the church, let him be to thee as the heathen and publican.

Catholics never outlawed the reading of the bible. They outlawed certain editions of the bible that were translated incorrectly by reformers.

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39th National Youth Retreat

Our annual National Youth Retreat will be held at the Divine Retreat Centre. Come and let the word of God refresh you. Simultaneous retreats for couples, children and Bible nursery to be held. Contact Divine Youth for more details.

Date: May 19 - 24, 2019

Retreats in Divine Retreat Centre, UK

Divine Retreat Centre, Ramsgate UK, has announced several English and Malayalam language retreats to be led by Fr. George Panackal VC and Fr. Joseph Edattu VC. All are welcome.

Dates: Jan - Dec, 2019

Hindi Convention Ojas 2019

The Divine Retreat Centre will conduct our ninth Hindi convention, in 2019. Two retreats will be held simultaneously on the campus; one for adults and another for couples and youth. All are welcome.

Date: May 26 - May 31, 2019

POWER 2019 at Divine Retreat Centre

DRC is back with the highlight of the year: the 14th International Youth Conference - POWER 2019. The very best international preachers and gospel bands will be here to lead us into worship. Be there to experience a totally different atmosphere of prayer. A Couples' Retreat and a Kids' Retreat will be held simultaneously. Don't miss it.

Date: July 21 - July 26, 2019

Retreats at the Divine Retreat Centre, Sydney

Divine Retreat Centre, Somersby to hold retreats throughout 2019. For bookings, email Fr Roni George, Director - or Hurry, as admission is limited.

Date: January 2019 - December, 2019

Potta Convention 2019

Potta-Divine's annual Potta Convention will be held at the Potta Ashram, this February. The convention will be led by stalwarts in the Catholic Charismatic ministry. Please come and be blessed beyond measure. All are welcome.

Date: Feb 20 -24, 2019

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