By Becky Roach

Catholics are often accused of not knowing the Bible very well.  Our Protestant brothers and sisters admittedly seem to have memorized more scripture than the average Catholic sitting in the pews today.  Why is that?

It is not due to lack of appreciation of the Word of God.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church instructs us to revere the Bible: The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table of God’s Word and Christ’s Body. In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, “but as what it really is, the word of God”. “In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.” (CCC 103-104)

Nor is it due to a lack of hearing the Word of God. Over the course of three years, Catholics hear most of the Bible read at Sunday Mass.  We are exposed to Sacred Scripture weekly.  Catholics are even encouraged to read the Sunday readings before coming to Mass so that they will be able to reflect on them during the week.  The Church also recommends that we incorporate Bible reading into our prayer time each day.

So, why do Catholics have such a “bad reputation” when it comes to our knowledge and understanding of the Bible?  Let’s show others what we know.  Take our Bible quiz and share your results!

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  1. 10/11
    Do they call you a Bible Thumper? Great Job- Keep reading The Word of God daily!

    I must admit that most of these I knew because I do memorize the verses and it was because of the encouragement I got from protestant people.
    Scripture is very valuable for me, at one point I could manage to recite over 500 verses, I used to do it as a form of prayer, as a form of encouraging myself and as a way of keeping my anxiety levels as low as possible.
    Knowing the verses by heart also helped me to mind my words and my actions many times. How many times I have recited in my head James 1:19 “…Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to
    become angry,…” and many others. We also must remember the most important thing here: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:12,

  2. 10/11
    Do they call you a Bible Thumper? Great Job- Keep reading The Word of God daily!

    I don’t memorize anything much at all. I just know the bible and its history really well.


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