Sacred Scripture is the “speech of God,” which we read at every Mass. It is the foundational text of our faith. The Church promotes the teaching and study of the Bible at every level. From illustrated Bible stories for children to advanced Bible study classes for adults, learning about God’s Word is part of learning our faith.
Yet when many Catholics start reading the Bible, they come across many passages that are not just difficult to understand, but seem to challenge the very faith we profess. It is tempting to avoid these “dark passages,” but explaining them correctly when Catholics have questions is an important responsibility for those involved in faith formation.
The new book, Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture by Dr. Mark Giszczak goes after some of the toughest questions about the Bible:
- Does God kill people?
- Does God want people to kill people?
- What about child sacrifice?
- How do we explain the suffering of the innocent?
- Is our God primarily focused on justice or mercy?