- *A gentle correction . . . *
*]Point #1: The original post of this thread states . . . “(Genesis is not literal, according to the Church)” … This statement is not a doctrinal teaching of the Church . . . and this unbelief is clearly not in harmony with the below portion of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. Down through the ages many individual Catholics have expressed conflicting opinions, however, the below is the Magesterial teaching re interpretation of Scripture . . . :bible1: . . .
*]Point #2: The Catechism clearly states Sacred :bible1: Scripture can be believed on two (2) levels . . . it is not an either/or situation . . . but a both/and type of understanding that is revealed . . . with the second level of knowledge being divided up into three sublevels of perceiving revelations of truth . . . and the literary genre doesn’t affect the truth of the revelation in any way. [/LIST]
[INDENT]**. . . :coffeeread: . . .**The senses of Scripture
According to an ancient tradition, one can distinguish between two senses of Scripture: the literal** and the spiritual, the latter being subdivided into the allegorical, moral, and anagogical senses. The profound concordance of the four senses guarantees all its richness to the living reading of Scripture in the Church.
The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following the rules of sound interpretation: "All other senses of Sacred Scripture are based on the [size=]literal[/size]."83
The spiritual sense. Thanks to the unity of God’s plan, not only the text of Scripture but also the realities and events about which it speaks can be signs.
[INDENT]1. The allegorical sense. We can acquire a more profound understanding of events by recognizing their significance in Christ; thus the crossing of the Red Sea is a sign or type of Christ’s victory and also of Christian Baptism.84
The moral sense. The events reported in Scripture ought to lead us to act justly. As St. Paul says, they were written "for our instruction."85
The anagogical sense (Greek: anagoge, “leading”). We can view realities and events in terms of their eternal significance, leading us toward our true homeland: thus the Church on earth is a sign of the heavenly Jerusalem.86
A medieval couplet summarizes the significance of the four** senses:
The Letter speaks of deeds; Allegory to faith;
The Moral how to act; Anagogy our destiny.87
"It is the task of exegetes to work, according to these rules, …[/INDENT][/INDENT]
[LIST]*]Point #3: **GOD is the Author of Sacred :bible1: Scripture . . . and it contains infallible truth (truth without error) . . . [/LIST]. . . :coffeeread: . . .**
[INDENT]II. Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture
GOD is the Author of Sacred Scripture. "The divinely revealed realities, which are contained and presented in the text of Sacred Scripture, have been written down under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit."69
"For Holy Mother Church, relying on the faith of the apostolic age, accepts as sacred and canonical the books of the :bible1: Old and the :bible1: New Testaments, whole and entire, with all their parts, on the grounds that, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they have GOD as their author and have been handed on as such to the Church herself."70
The inspired books teach the truth. "Since therefore all that the inspired authors or sacred writers affirm should be regarded as [size=]affirmed by the Holy Spirit[/size], we must acknowledge that the books of Scripture firmly, faithfully, and without error teach that truth which GOD, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided to the Sacred :bible1: Scriptures."72[/INDENT][RIGHT]. . . all for Jesus+
. . . thank You Gracious LORD+[/RIGHT]