13. The Bible - how should we approach it?
The Bible is a great book, the greatest book ever written, the only book that has God as its author. The Church encourages all Catholics to read it constantly. Ignorance of the Bible means ignorance of Christ. It is sad that many people misuse the Bible instead of seeing it as a window through which we see God and through which his love shines on us. Some make it a mirror reflecting their own prejudices and preconceived ideas. Others are like the Jews at the time of Christ, who studied the Bible for many hours every day and looked down on people who did not do so as being ignorant and sinful. Though the whole Old Testament pointed towards Christ, yet when he stood in their midst they failed to recognize him, so much so that Christ said to them: “You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life: and it is they that bear witness to me: yet you refuse to dome to me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40).
For one’s own life one needs to approach the Bible in two ways: