That lovely God-breathed Holy Scripture came about how?
Did the Holy Spirit leave the 11 and Mary their individual Bibles (minus, of course, those pesky “Catholic” books) on Pentecost?
Just how did Christianity manage from A.D. 33 to A.D. 382?
Just how did Joe and Jane Averagechristian manage from A.D. 382 to A.D. 1455 (Gutenberg Bible, first PRINTED Bible) to A.D. 1611 (you guessed it, KJV) --although those pesky Catholics had THEIR Douay Rheims printed in 1609 and 1610 ?
Further consider that even after the early 17th century (yes, 1600s are the 17th century, not the 16th century), the literacy rates for Joe and Jane were low, very low, and the average working person could not afford even a relatively “cheap” written Bible.
I love the Bible. I have read it through more than once; in fact, I read it through in its entirety three times per year. (That’s with those “extra” books, too). I feel as though I put on spiritual “Armor” when I start my day with a section from the Historical books, a psalm, a section from the Wisdom books, a section from the prophets, a section from the gospels, and a section from the letters.
But–God be praised–in ADDITION to the wonders of His inerrant word (yes, I believe it is inerrant)–He has given us, through HIS Church, through the efforts of those wonderful early Christians who did not have the benefit of that full (extra books and all), easily available Bible, who didn’t have the benefits of our education and literacy, but who had though the apostolic succession and the rich deposit of Sacred Tradition and the teachings (guided by the Holy Spirit, who continues to this day to lead us) of the Magesterium the ADDITIONAL graces which taken WITH His Word, through the Church OF His Word, Christ Jesus. . .the FULLNESS of TRUTH.
The Bible AND Sacred Tradition. The written AND the oral teachings spoken of by Paul to Timothy and preserved through the Church of Christ–the Catholic Church. Praise God!