- How do we know the Bible is more inspired than the Koran, Vedas, or Book of Mormon?
Because the Church teaches that it is the inspired Word of God. No others are inspired by God and they contradict the Bible, while leading away from Christ’s Church.
The facts are:
- There was a man called Jesus
- He claimed to be a messenger sent by God
- What He did proved that He was such a messenger
- While crowds followed Him, He spoke especially to a select group.
- He told His select followers to continue His teaching and instituted His Church with a supreme head
- He proclaimed that God would protect that teaching
His Church tells us that the messenger, Jesus of Nazareth, is God Himself, and She guides mankind with His teaching, and tells us that specific documents written before (OT) and after His coming (New Testament) are inspired and really have God as their author.
- Given how Christianity breaks with Judaism in the Incarnation, how do we know Jesus wasn’t just a cult leader rightly warned against by the Pharisees(the ones who actually knew their religion)?
The writings of these facts — the Gospels – are comparable with other ancient documents from writers such as Caesar, Tacitus, Thucydides and others, they are all reliable as history.
Historically, they prove that the messenger sent from God worked many miracles to support His mission and teaching to the extent of forgiving sins. God as Truth cannot provide such power to prove falsehood, so the claims of Jesus are true, culminating in the fact of His resurrection from the dead.
So from the reliability of the Gospels as history, we now know that:
- An infallible Church was founded by the Son of God
- That infallible Church teaches that the Bible, as She has given us, is the inspired Word of God.
Quadratus writes (circa 123 A.D.) that in his day there were still persons around who had been cured or raised from the dead by Jesus – prime witnesses. [Eusebius, *Church History, 4.3, 1.2; See Free From All Error, Fr W. Most, p 12].
Even Adolf von Harnack, a rationalist historian of high repute among Rationalists and Protestants, wrote that the Synoptic Gospels were written before 70 A.D. – before the fall of Jerusalem, and accepted the tradition that St Luke derived his information on the infancy of Jesus from Mary His Mother. Theologische Quartalsch, Tubingen 1929, IV, p 443-4].
[See *Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, The Saint Austin Press, 2001, Sheehan/Joseph p 89, 93].
Not only are the facts of Jesus miracles recorded by His own Apostles who were present – Saints Matthew and John were companions of Christ, and Saints Mark and Luke lived in constant contact with His contemporaries.
His miracles “were so frequent, the eyewitnesses so numerous, and the evidence so stark, that not even Christ’s enemies disputed the fact of their occurrence. Instead they ascribed them to the power of the devil, or defied Him to perform another one in His own favour.” (See Mt 12:24; 27:39-42; Jn 11:47). Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, Sheehan/Joseph, Saint Austin Press, 2001, p 104].
No other religious founder claimed to be God – not Mohammed of Islam, not in Hinduism, not in Buddhism, not in Taoism, not in Confucianism.
The vast gulf between Catholicism and any other religion is that the Catholic Church has been founded by a Divine Person who lived with a human and divine nature and claimed to be God, proving that claim by His Resurrection and many recorded miracles. When God leads us through His Church, others fashion their own beliefs and morals.