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Catholic vs Christian Bible

The Bible is considered one of the most-read books of all time; though people are not aware of the fact that there is not just one Bible but more than one Bible followed by people of different faiths and beliefs.

Christian Bible
The Christian Bible is also called “The Holy Bible.” The Christian Bible underwent canonization, which means a set of books were chosen to form one Bible. It is believed that when the first Christian Bible was being formed, the Christians had adopted a book called the Septuagint as the Old Testament. The Septuagint was the Greek translation of the original Jewish Scriptures. The Old Testament developed over time.

Similarly, the New Testament developed over time as no defined set of Scriptures was left by the apostles. The development of the New Testament was a result of a compilation process stimulated by doubts and disputes within and outside the Church. The Christian Church kept and followed all the books that were in the Septuagint; they did not follow the revisions which were being made by the Jewish rabbis in their Scriptures. After removing a group of 15 Jewish books, they formed the Hebrew version.

For Christians, the Bible dictates faith. They follow what the Bible says, and whatever is not mentioned in the Christian Bible, is not considered worthy of faith. It is solely based on The Holy Scriptures considered the written “Word of God.” The Christian Bible is all that is required by a Christian to understand holiness and salvation if followed.

Catholic Bible
In the Catholic Bible, the Old Testament is based on the Septuagint. The Old Testament has more books on which the Scriptures are based. It includes books like Baruch, Judith, Sirach, stories of Susanna, Tobit, stories of Bel and the Dragon, etc. The Catholic Bible was not one book in its earlier years, but in the late fourth century these books were compiled together to form one book. The Catholics did not remove books and Scriptures form the original Septuagint even when they were considered inappropriate by many other believers and groups.

For Catholics, the teachings of the Bible are not the only things they follow. They also follow and believe in certain Catholic beliefs like purgatory and Roman Magisterium. Magisterium comprises the Pope and bishops, and all the sacred Scriptures are accessible only to them. Catholics believe more in the preaching of the Church than the preaching of the Bible alone.


1.The Catholic Bible has developed from the Septuagint, and it has many stories and Scriptures which have been kept as original in spite of opposition from others.
2.The Christian Bible, or The Holy Bible, underwent canonization and kept the original Scriptures, but with time the 3.New Testament went through certain changes in the Scriptures deemed inappropriate by others.

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  1. Hello all,

    Spent a few years studying this issue of translation.

    The Bible means “book of books.”

    The Apostle Paul quoted the Hebrew Bible in his speech to the Jews while being captured in Jerusalem. “Old” and “New” Testament Scriptures were used and circulated throughout the 1st Century community we know by internal references in Apostle Paul’s letters.

    In the 5th Century, the Catholic Pope ordered Jerome, a monk to translate the Bible into Latin which become the “Latin Vulgate’ The “official bible” of Roman Catholic Church. Jerome used the Septugiant for his Old Testament source, which included Deutrocannocical books that were rejected by most Jewish rabbis.

    It should be noted that many Christians communities existed outside the Roman Catholic Church.

    Greatest translation of the Bible is considered to be the King James Bible or Authorized Version as known in the United Kingdom.

    • I agree with you because Roman catholics are not true Christians. Roman catholicism was formed when emporer Constantine tried to suppressed Christianity and failed. so Christianity grew instead, so he dicided to merge its believe systems with it like the Rocicrucians. Roman Catholicism is based on ancient mystic religion founded in Egyp, Sumeria and Babylon.

    • how stupid protestants are. The kjv is the “greatest translation” of the bible? How about the rest of the planet that doesn’t speak English? How about the Latin translation used for millenia from the original languages? What of the Greek? How about the Syriac Pesheeto?

      The KJV is a relatively new version, poorly translated, although using nice English phrasing and parsing.

      • Can someone advice me as to which Bible the Catholics should Follow. I am a Roman Catholic and all this time I read and study The Holy Bible, now I realize am I reading the wrong one, me being a Roman Catholic.

    • Its clearly said that the Christian Bible was the original.Its God’s word that he watched over and protected while being written,

      its also known (as stated above) catholics added on books after the 4th century. Well the Origianl,,, clearly says (infact its dangerous… false teaching if you will,,)do not alter, take away or perverse Gods word. Well its plain and simple, they altered it… They added to it!!! The bible was written perfectly, just as the Lord is. The bible can NOT lie. The Holy Bible is how it is suppose to be… not .. well … I think I should add this to benefit me and my followers. That was a bad and DANGEROUS decision.

      • the old testament was actually taken from the Jewish Torah…. so Christians actually added to the bible by adding the new testament. don’t believe me, google it.

  2. Well said Dawn! I love my New International Version, the Lord really speaks to me through it! God bless all of you!

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