How does the Syrian Orthodox Church and modern Christian communities treat the Bible?

How does the Syrian Orthodox Church and modern Christian communities treat the Bible?

'The traditional Churches' (like the Syrian Orthodox Church) has only one Bible, and is the version from the first and second century. They treat it as Holy and calls it the Holy Bible.

  • We don't have any prayers or celebration of sacraments, without readings from the Bible

  • All of our religious doctrines are based on the teachings in the Bible.

  • Each sentence of the creed is based on the Bible

  • The Church owns the Bible, and it was the church that decided which books were canonical books (To be included in the Bible).

  • So the right to interpret the Bible belongs to the Church, and therefore should not be subjected to individual interpretation.

  • There is no doubt about its authors, it's contents, or if they are genuine or not.

But the modern Christian Communities differ in beliefs among themselves:

  • Their faith is based on the Bible (New Testament) alone. (But there are so many different versions of the Bible and they them self cannot say which version of the Bible is the true one).

  • Anyone can edit a version in any manner that he thinks is appropriate.

  • Since one is anointed, anyone can interpret as he or she pleases.

  • Some argue that the gospels and epistles were not written by those mentioned; but they don't know by whom!

  • Some don't accept the miracles Jesus did, as miracles.

  • They are split into many sects based on interpretations.

  • Some of them believe in ceremonial celebration, but others reject it.

source: http://www.malankara.com/malankara/aboutus/malan-about3.aspx#26

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