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Shouldn’t we attend Bible studies to become more familiar with Scripture?

Full Question

We Catholics are ignorant of our Bible. Shouldn’t we attend Bible studies?


It depends. If you can find a good one, by all means, but don’t attend just any Bible study. There are a number of reasons to be cautious.

Many “non-denominational” Bible studies attack Catholic beliefs. Unless you’re already familiar with Scripture, they might throw you off track.

Second, the Bible is a large book and, despite what Evangelicals claim, it’s not always clear, even on basic matters such as justification. (For example, compare Romans 3:28 and James 2:24). It’s good to have someone with a working knowledge of the Bible to guide your study.

Third, some people use Bible studies as platforms to promulgate their own views of Catholicism, even if these views don’t coincide with what the Church teaches. You need to be discerning.

If you don’t know where to go to find a top-notch Bible study, ask a priest you trust to recommend one. If you still can’t find a good one, study Scripture on your own with a good Bible translation and a good Catholic commentary.



  1. Vivian Madu Reply

    We behold you oh mother of JESUS CHRIST in obedience and respect to your last directive to MAN as you hung on that cross of salvation! May we never depart from honoring this request from our LORD and GOD!

  2. CJ Reply

    But yes, you are right, Catholics should know their Bible. Its a Catholic-compiled book after all. It’s our book! 🙂 “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ” ~ Saint Jerome

  3. Lorry Reply

    With all the resources we have available to us today, there is no reason why anyone can’t study the Holy Bible! People like Dr. Scott Hahn, Dr. Brant Pitre, Dr. Michael Barber and many, many more!
    Web site’s that are wonderful in helping, and many more too!
    I have listened to over 50 different CD’s over the last 10 years and feel I have an equivalent of a college degree! My commute to and from work is an hour each way. I listen to these CD’S every day.
    These Dr.s are professors, so you know you can trust them!!

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