From "Answers To Your Bible Version Questions" ©2001 David W. Daniels. Reproduced by permission
Question: I read with
great interest that the Catholic Church supposedly 'hid'
the bible from its members so that they would not know its
contents and therefore not know that they have been lied to.
Could you please reconcile this with the fact that the first printed
bible for general public use was printed and distributed by the
Catholic Church long before Martin Luther 'protested' (about 60 years
From what I get before the invention of the printing press
(By Gutenberg - a Catholic), to have a bible would have meant that someone
had to have hand-written it on expensive paper. (The fact is paper was
not as cheap as it is now). From an expert's estimate, the cost of a
bible would have been today’s equivalent of US$8,000.00 and this would
have put the price of the bible out of reach of the vast majority of the
people. I actually doubt that many in this day would have been keen
to spend that much money on a bible that might not last as long. Besides
they would not have been able to produce that many bibles anyway. Also,
the Catholic bible is the best selling bible, actually book, of all time.
Could you please disprove the above by giving me quotes and references
that support your tract (The Death
Cookie) in the above subject.
I am trying to work out my salvation in fear and trembling and I
need the truth.
Answer: The Roman Catholic
Church did hide the Bible from the common people. There were
two ways in which this happened.
First, the Roman Catholic leaders by the Middle Ages usually did not know
the Bible. Many people bought their position as priests. Many did not
have a Bible at all; but more importantly, many local priests did not
even know how to read.
Second, the Roman Catholic religion did not even use a genuine Bible.
Their book was from the polluted Alexandrian stream. The real Bible was
kept by many people the Roman Catholics persecuted and murdered.
Since the Roman Catholic religion did not want the true Bible in the
hands of the people, they 1) used a false Bible, 2) persecuted people who
did have a true Bible, and 3) did not let even the perverted Bible be
published widely in the language of the people.
The Gutenberg Bible you refer to was a Roman Catholic Vulgate, not a
preserved Bible. Although the movable-type printing press was invented
by him, he did not do mass copies of even the perverted Bible. That did
not occur until a couple of events happened.
First, the city in which Gutenberg worked was invaded in 1462, spreading
the printing press invention to Rome, Paris, Krakow (Poland) and
Westminster (England). Second, the Reformers got hold of preserved
Bibles and used these presses to print thousands of Bibles and Christian
literature for the people.
You are right that Bibles before this had to be copied by hand. But the
incredible historical fact is this: That is exactly what those who had
the preserved Bibles did. It was these many, handwritten copies of
God’s preserved words that so blessed, informed and converted the
earliest Protestants of the Reformation. Just like you can find it in
the King James Bible today.