This week Pope Benedict XVI and his staff created a Twitter account for himself and Vatican officials to reach out to curious followers and Catholics all over the world. The pope will be known as @pontifex and Pope Benedict XVI will sign off on all tweets coming from the account. He has about 422,000 followers as of this writing.
I have a Tweeter account and all my writings are posted there in real time. It’s a magnificent tool to be connected to other people in this advanced computer technology age.
When I think about this unprecedented way of communication, I compared it with the way the epistles (letters) of the apostles were communicated and circulated in the 1st Century.
The authority of the Pauline letters was communicated by the admonition to public reading. In the synagogue, the Scriptures were read aloud, and Paul expected his letters to be read and his admonitions to be followed. He even wanted his letter to the church of the Colossians to be read in the church of the Laodiceans which was located in the vicinity.
“After this letter has been read to you, see that it is also read in the church of the Laodiceans and that you in turn read the letter from Laodicea.” (Colossians 4:16)
The Bible is a letter from God which we can read anytime for our spiritual life’s journey.
We red in, 2 Timothy 3:16;
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”