Sunday, March 11, 2018

Leo: dictation of the Holy Ghost

Sunday, March 11, 2018
    Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
    —Psalm 119:160 (KJV)
    It is absolutely wrong and forbidden, either to narrow inspiration to certain parts only of Holy Scripture, or to admit that the sacred writer has erred. For the system of those who, in order to rid themselves of these difficulties, do not hesitate to concede that divine inspiration regards the things of faith and morals, and nothing beyond, because (as they wrongly think) in a question of the truth or falsehood of a passage, we should consider not so much what God has said as the reason and purpose which He had in mind in saying it—this system cannot be tolerated. For all the books which the Church receives as sacred and canonical, are written wholly and entirely, with all their parts, at the dictation of the Holy Ghost; and so far is it from being possible that any error can co-exist with inspiration, that inspiration not only is essentially incompatible with error, but excludes and rejects it as absolutely and necessarily as it is impossib le that God Himself, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true.
    ... Leo XIII (1813-1903), Providentissimus Deus, “On the Study of Holy Scripture” [1893], par. 20 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:160; 19:9; 119:86; Pr. 30:5; John 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 6:18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I thank You for the reliability of Your word.
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