[quote=amanda_nicole82]I came accross this quotation and am hoping that someone from the Catholic church can explain it to me, and how the following Bible verse, taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible, relates to it. I’m a bit confused because it seems to me that the 2 quotes contradict one another…
“Can you learn to save your soul just by reading the Bible? No…because the Bible does not have everything God taught.” (A Catechism for Adults, Q. 1, p. 52).
“And because from thy infancy thou hast known the holy scriptures which can instruct thee to salvation by the faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (2 Tim. 2:15) (Actually, it’s 2 Tim. 3:15)
The Catechism fragment that you cited here - does it even exist? Is it quoted exactly as written in “A Catechism for Adults?” Is the book an approved Catechism?
I find it quoted on three extremely anti-Catholic pages:
From the first link:
No religious institution on earth has as much to fear about its members reading the Bible as the Catholic Church
:rolleyes: It wouldn’t be the first time that an anti-Catholic just made something up or twisted Catholic writing to suit his/her own purposes. And look at all the anti-Catholics who swoon after dissenters and heretics.
The quotation from Timothy refers to holy scriptures, but which ones?
At the time that Timothy was written, the Bible was not yet canonized.
Was he referring to the written instructions he had left or sent to that church? Notes kept from the teachings of the sacraments from the days of the founding of that church? The Old Testament?
The paragraph before the one you cited provides amplifying information:
2 Tim 3:14 But continue thou in those things which thou hast learned, and which have been committed to thee: knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15 And because from thy infancy thou hast known the holy scriptures, which can instruct thee to salvation, by the faith which is in Christ Jesus.