IMPRIMATUR (The Fourth Cup & Lamb of God)
Now, there are a lot of Bibles out there, so be careful what you read. There are many versions or translations of the Bible that are different. You may be asking yourself, “What version or translation should I use?” The Catholic Church has gone to great lengths to make sure the Bible is interpreted correctly from its original language. Before the Church approves an English translation, years and years, and really hundreds of years have gone into the study of the original text and languages that were originally written in Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic. They have gone to great lengths to review for accuracy and understand these languages as they existed in the Old Testament and in Jesus’ time here on Earth. After a text or translation is reviewed by many experts with numerous degrees, if it is accepted, it is given the Church’s seal of approval, called an “imprimatur stamp.” This stamp is usually in the beginning pages of a book or a Bible. And what this stamp means is that the Church has approved the translation. So look for it. I mention this before I speak to you because usually somebody comes up to me afterwards and says, “I went back to my house, and I looked in our Bible. And I noticed that we don’t have a Catholic Bible! But my whole family is Catholic.“ And they explain that years ago someone had given them a Bible who wasn’t Catholic, and they just kept reading from that Bible without even questioning it. And they didn’t realize that it wasn’t a Catholic Bible. So if you are Catholic, you ought to use a Catholic Bible with an imprimatur stamp. It assures that you are studying from a Bible that contains all the books. Most non-Catholic Bibles are missing several books that were removed from the Bible about the year 1500.
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