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Pismo Święte narzędziem dialogu z Bogiem
Sacred Scripture as a Means of Dialogue with God

Author(s): Stanisław Wronka
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Biblical studies
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Teologiczne
Keywords: Sacred Scripture; God; dialogue; means; lectio divina; integral reading of the Bible; St. Jerome; St. Therese of Lisieux; Second Vatican Council; St. John Paul II; Benedict XVI;

Summary/Abstract: Sacred Scripture is the basis of Christianity and the code of the whole culture; therefore this knowledge is essential for every Christian and human. However, continuous returning to the same texts seems pointless. The author of the article shows that such a belief is wrong because the word, and therefore also the Bible, has not only informative function but also expressive and directive one. Truths contained in Sacred Scripture can be mastered, even though the large volume of books of the Bible and the gap of time and culture that divides us from them makes this a difficult task. By contrast, self-expression and appeal led by God to man require a constant response from the man. Sacred Scripture is the means of dialogue between God and man and therefore it must be constantly read if this dialogue has to continue and lead to communion with God and to share in His nature. This reading cannot keep only the informative dimension but must include all the functions of the word, must be integral. An example of such a reading is lectio divina taken for centuries.

  • Issue Year: 69/2016
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 355-375
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English