There are many Catholics I’ve heard say that there is nothing wrong with a non-Catholic Bible (any Bible that doesn’t include all 73 books as inspired). Some say it is simply “incomplete” or that it’s acceptable as long as the 7 books in question are “included” (as Apocryphal) or even that it’s their business and we shouldn’t really care. Here’s why I believe all of those reasons are wrong and why as Catholics we owe it to all Christians to stand up for the truth and that truth is that any non-Catholic Bible is false.
It is a fallacy to say that a non-Catholic Bible is simply “incomplete”. Incomplete assumes a position that something is not yet finished, but that is not the case when it comes to non-Catholic bibles. All of those bibles make a declaration that their bible is complete. Because they take a stand on defining truth it goes from an incomplete status to being wrong or false.
It is a fallacy to say that as long as a bible includes the 7 books in question as Apocrypha it is acceptable. Again, they are defining truth since they are making a declaration that those 7 books are not inspired. As a result, being physically included is not good enough because it comes with a huge asterisk.
False bibles lead to false beliefs. In general Protestants believe that justification is a one-time event. Many also believe that they are saved through faith alone and that once saved you are always saved. This belief system is destroyed via 2 Macc 12:46 where it states that praying for the dead “is a holy and wholesome thought that they might be loosed from their sins”. Since prayers are not needed for those in heaven and pointless for those in hell there must be another place. Purgatory destroys the Protestant belief system and that’s why Luther needed to eliminate 2 Macc from the bible. If we don’t condemn all non-Catholic bibles then we are enabling this false belief system.
Most knowledgeable Catholics will vehemently defend the Eucharist, the authority of the Church and the pope, Mary being ever-virgin, and many other purely Catholic beliefs. Yet, when it comes to defending the bible we become oddly politically correct and take a “let’s all just get along” type position when it comes to what constitutes the true Word of God. Why is that? We spend so much time defending each and every attack on our faith when we can make a simple initial argument…that their bible-alone faith system is based on a false bible. Many times, even in the bible, the truth is not well received and is divisive to those who disagree, but being politically correct or withholding the truth was never the answer.
I’d love to hear as many thoughts on my above reasoning as possible. Thanks.