Some of the data is information I use with 3D graphics software. Yesterday, I'd noticed that the method I was using of setting myself up in the new computer would take me - months. Probably a year or more, given the fraction of each day I'd have for the process. There was a lot of data on the old machine. I was pretty sure I knew a way to load the data faster - but wasn't all that sure.
So I called tech support, confirmed that the data could simply be copied, and moved on.
WHAT?! Relying on the wisdom of man, instead of God?!! What kind of a Christian do I think I am?
A smart one. And a Catholic.
Sacred ScriptureI think it's a good idea to define terms. Like "Word of God:"
"WORD OF GOD: The entire content of Revelation as contained in the Holy Bible and proclaimed in the Church. In John's Gospel, God's 'Word' means his only-begotten Son, who is the fullness of God's Revelation and who took flesh (the Word incarnate) and became man for the sake of our salvation (65, 81, 101, 241, 461; cf. 2653)."Okay: so depending on context, when I use the phrase "Word of God," I mean the Holy Bible; or My Lord, Jesus. Which doesn't mean that I think Jesus is a book.
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, Glossary)
As a Catholic, I'm expected to study the Bible. (February 2, 2010) The whole thing. Which makes sense, considering what it is.
" 'Sacred Scripture is the speech of God as it is put down in writing under the breath of the Holy Spirit.'42 'And [Holy] Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound, and spread it abroad by their preaching.'43"
(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 81)
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has a copy of the Bible online: it's the one I link to for quotes in this blog. The NAB Bible home page has a link called "Tips for Fruitful Reading of Scripture." It leads to "Understanding the Bible," Mary Elizabeth Sperry, Office of Media Relations, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
There's a 10-point list there, which includes this item:
If 'Bible-believing' folks in the 19th century hadn't been quite so insistent that the Bible was a science textbook: well, that's water under the bridge. (See "Science, Religion, and being Catholic")
(USCCB, "Understanding the Bible")
- "Know what the Bible is - and what it isn't. The Bible is the story of God's relationship with the people he has called to himself. It is not intended to be read as history text, a science book, or a political manifesto. In the Bible, God teaches us the truths that we need for the sake of our salvation."
- "Studying the Bible: Carefully"
(November 16, 2010)
- "Meditating on the Word of God: New How-2 From the Holy See"
(November 11, 2010)
- "Well, That's Interesting: Understanding the Scriptures"
(February 2, 2010)
- "A Few Thoughts, After Leaving my Brain in Neutral"
(January 3, 2010)
- "The Bible-Believing Catholic Church"
(October 2, 2008)