The Importance of the Holy Church in Church's Tradition Essay
“Your Word is a lamp unto my feet: Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!”
I would like to bring to your attention, two quotes from two well-known Orthodox teachers about the relationship between the Bible and the Church:
“In the great Tradition of the Orthodox Church, the Bible is the central source of truth and the most creative factor behind the worship, doctrine and practice of the Church. The great Fathers and saints of the Church viewed the Bible as an ocean of divine mysteries, having inexhaustible breadth and astonishing depths.” – Father Theodore Stylianopoulos
“The Bible is the book of the Church. It is the main written …show more content…
1.) Who God is and what He has done for us;
2.) What it means to truly be a human being and what the purpose of our life is; and
3.) How each of us should respond – with our whole life – to what God has done for us in His love.
The Bible contains the answers to the most fundamental questions that we as human beings can ask.
This also means that reading the Bible is important. John Chrysostom (354-407AD) could say: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is a great cliff and a deep abyss. Not knowing the Scriptures is the cause of all evils. Reading the Scriptures is like possessing a great treasure. A Christian cannot help but read the Scriptures. To be a Christian is to rejoice in the power of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit speaks to us through the Scriptures.” Or, as St. Jerome (347-420AD) said even more frankly: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”
Someone once said: “Most books inform, a few reforms, but only the Bible transforms.” In fact, the Bible does all three! The Bible informs us about the history of God’s dealings with the human race and most specifically about His love for us as expressed in the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection of His Son, our Lord Jesus