沙神父:
如果信仰是一种发自个人内心的动机


Faith in Jesus Christ gives believers a strong inner motivation to witness Gods love in their lives. Catholics have too much neglected the reading of the Bible. This is due to the rise of Protestantism in the XVIth Century. Martin Luther blamed Pope and bishops for their rich and luxurious living, away from the humility and poverty of Christ. He advised Christians to refer directly to the teachings of the Bible. It was made possible at that time because the Bible was translated from Latin into the national Languages and it could be broadly circulated thanks to the new printing techniques. But each individual could be led to various interpretations of the Bible contents if they were not aware enough of the tradition transmitted from the apostles through the authority of the bishops. In fact, protestants divided into many sects and the unity of the Church was broken. To remedy this kind of evolution, catholic authorities advised the faithful not to read themselves the Bible but to study their faith in catechism books summing up the essentials of the Bible teachings.

In modern times, the catholic Church restored the authority of Gods Word in the Bible and invited Catholics to feed their faith from the Bible.