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God Comes to Meet Man, Sacred Scripture

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Two
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN – SACRED SCRIPTURE

18.  Why does Sacred Scripture teach the truth?
105-108, 135-136

Because God himself is the author of Sacred Scripture.  For this reason it is said to be inspired and to teach without error those truths which are necessary for our salvation.  The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors who wrote what he wanted to teach us.  The Christian faith, however, is not a “religion of the Book,” but of the Word of God–“not a written and mute word, but incarnate and living” (Saint Bernard of Clairvaux).

19.  How is Sacred Scripture to be read?
109-119, 137

Sacred Scripture must be read and interpreted with the help of the Holy Spirit and under the guidance of the Magisterium of the Church according to three criteria: (1) it must be read with attention to the content and unity of the whole of Scripture; (2) it mush be read within the living Tradition of the Church; (3) it must be read with attention to the analogy of faith, that is, the inner harmony which exists among the truths of the faith themselves.

20.  What is the Canon of Scripture?
120, 138

The Canon of Scripture of is the complete list of the sacred writings which the Church has come to recognize through Apostolic Tradition.  The Canon consists of 46 books of the Old Testament and 27 of the New.

21.  What is the importance of the Old Testament for Christians?
121-123

Christians venerate the Old Testament as the true word of God.  All of the books of the Old Testament are divinely inspired and retain a permanent value.  They bear witness to the divine pedagogy of God’s saving love.  They are written, above all, to prepare for the coming of Christ the Savior of the universe.

22.  What importance does the New Testament have for Christians?
124-127, 139

The New Testament, whose central object is Jesus Christ, conveys to us the ultimate truth of divine Revelation.  Within the New Testament the four Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John are the heart of all the Scriptures because they are the principle witness to the life and teaching of Jesus.  As such, they hold a unique place in the Church.

23.  What is the unity that exists between the Old and the New Testament?
128-130, 140

Scripture is one insofar as the Word of God is one.  God’s plan of salvation is one, and the divine inspiration of both Testaments is one.  The Old Testament prepares for the New and the New Testament fulfills the Old; the two shed light on each other.

24.  What role does Sacred Scripture play in the life of the Church?
131-133, 141-142

Sacred Scripture gives support and vigor to the life of the Church.  For the children of the Church, it is a confirmation of the faith, food for the soul and the fount of the spiritual life.  Sacred Scripture is the soul of theology and of pastoral preaching.  The Psalmist says that it is “a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).  The Church, therefore, exhorts all to read Sacred Scripture frequently because “ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Saint Jerome).

May God bless you today and always,
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God Comes to Meet Man, The Transmission of Divine Revelation

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Two
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

THE TRANSMISSION OF DIVINE REVELATION

11.  Why and in what way is divine revelation transmitted?
74

God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), that is, of Jesus Christ.  For this reason, Christ must be proclaimed to all according to his own command, “Go forth and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19).  And this is brought about by Apostolic Tradition.

12.  What is Apostolic Tradition?
75-79, 83, 96-98

Apostolic Tradition is the transmission of the message of Christ, brought about from the very beginnings of Christianity by means of preaching, bearing witness, institutions, worship, and inspired writings.  The apostles transmitted all they received from Christ and learned from the Holy Spirit to their successors, the bishops, and through them to all generations until the end of the world.

13.  In what ways does Apostolic Tradition occur?
76

Apostolic Tradition occurs in two ways:  through the living transmission of the word of God (also simply called Tradition) and through Sacred Scripture which is the same proclamation of salvation in written form.

14.  What is the relationship between Tradition and Sacred Scripture?
80-82, 97

Tradition and Sacred Scripture are bound closely together and communicate one with the other.  Each of them makes present and fruitful in the Church the mystery of Christ.  They flow out of the same divine well-spring and together make up one sacred deposit of faith from which the Church derives her certainty about revelation.

15.  To whom is the deposit of faith entrusted?
84, 91, 94, 99

The Apostles entrusted the deposit of faith to the whole of the Church.  Thanks to its supernatural sense of faith the people of God as a whole, assisted by the Holy Spirit and guided by the Magisterium of the Church, never ceases to welcome, to penetrate more deeply and to live more fully from the gift of divine revelation.

16.  To whom is given the task of authentically interpreting the deposit of faith?
85-90, 100

The task of giving an authentic interpretation of the deposit of faith has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone, that is, to the successor of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, and to the bishops in communion with him.  To this Magisterium, which in the service of the Word of God enjoys the certain charism of truth, belongs also the task of defining dogmas which are formations of the truths contained in divine Revelation.  This authority of the Magisterium also extends to those truths necessarily connected with Revelation.

17.  What is the relationship between Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium?
95

Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium are so closely united with each other that one of them cannot stand without the others.  Working together, each in its own way, under the action of the one Holy Spirit, they all contribute effectively to the salvation of souls.

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God Comes to Meet Man, The Revelation of God

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Two
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

THE REVELATION OF GOD

6. What does God reveal to man?

50-53, 68-69

God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals himself and his plan of loving goodness which he decreed from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the only begotten Son of God.

7. What are the first stages of God’s Revelation?
54-58, 70-71

From the very beginning, God manifested himself to our first parents, Adam and Eve, and invited them to intimate communion with himself. After their fall, he did not cease his revelation to them but promised salvation for all their descendants. After the flood, he made a covenant with Noah, a covenant between himself and all living beings.

8. What are the next stages of God’s Revelation?
59-64, 72

God chose Abram, calling him out of his country, making him “the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:5), and promising to bless in him “all the nations of the earth” (Genesis 12:3). The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the divine promise made to the patriarchs. God formed Israel as his chosen people, freeing them from slavery in Egypt, establishing with them the covenant of Mount Sinai, and, through Moses, giving them his law. The prophets proclaimed a radical redemption of the people and a salvation which would include all nations in a new and everlasting covenant. From the people of Israel and from the house of King David, would be born the Messiah, Jesus.

9. What is the full and definitive stage of God’s Revelation?
65-66, 73

The full and definitive stage of God’s revelation is accomplished in his Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, the mediator and fullness of Revelation. He, being the only-begotten Son of God made man, is the perfect and definitive Word of the Father. In the sending of the Son and the gift of the Spirit, Revelation is now fully complete, although the faith of the Church must gradually grasp its full significance over the course of centuries.

“In giving us his Son, his only and definitive Word, God spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word, and he has no more to say.” (Saint John of the Cross)

10. What is the value of private revelations?
67

While not belonging to the deposit of faith, private revelations may help a person to live the faith as long as they lead us to Christ. The Magisterium of the Church, which has the duty of evaluating such private revelations, cannot accept those which claim to surpass or correct that definitive Revelation which is Christ.

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