Monk David Perović

Basic notion and principles of the Holy Scriptures

pages: 69-76

Abstract

In contradistinction of philological and purely historical approach to the Bible, the Author expounds the traditional theological approach of the Holy Fathers. The Bible is the book of the Church, the Good News of the salvation, offered to Mankind through the Incarnation of God.

The Person of God-Man Jesus Christ recapitulates in Himself the whole history from the creation up to the Eschaton. Therefore, the Christian interpretation of history is visualized sub specie Christi. In Christ both the Old and the New Testament are inseparably united. He gives the infinite divine Meaning to Cosmos and Mankind. His Resurrection gives the only acceptable solution to the tragedy of death.

Teilhard de Chardin tried to put the Divine Christ in a narrow framework of the theory of evolution. Christ is the Eternal Jahweh in human flesh. He poured out the Uncreated Fire of the Divine Love on His Church as the living Evangelion.

The Church is older than the Holy Scriptures. The first Apostolic community in Jerusalem lived without the written text of the New Testament. The first Christians lived on the living Tradition. The Word of God has been written in the living soul and body of the first Christians. Henceforth, St. John Chrysostom could have said: »Were we, all Christians, filled with the firely faith of the first Disciples..., we would not have need in any Scriptures. But since we by our sins and passions extinguish the Holy Spirit and the fire of Pentecost, the Holy Scriptures is therefore given to us as a helpful instrument, in order to give us the content of our life.«

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