According to Gaudium et Spes, “Christ the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and make his supreme calling clear” (GS 22). Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church and Gaudium et Spes answer the questions who Jesus is, how we can know and how Jesus is the unique answer to suffering and evil.
Christians believe Jesus is a divine embodiment of God walking on Earth, but they also believe he is the Son of God. In the Bible, it states: “And there are varieties of ministries and the same Lord. And there are varieties of effects but the same God who works all things in all persons.” (1 Cor. 23:4-6) Christians construe this statement from their Holy book, as evidence that there are three distinct Persons- Father, Son and Holy Spirit and yet it is one of the greatest misconceptions that significantly differentiates Islam and Christianity as separate religions. Secondly, Christians believe in the violent and barbarous crucifixion of Jesus, that resulted in being rose from the dead three days later.
The nature of Christ had been anticipated with references directing his lineage from David (Psalms 2:7; Hebrew 1:5). Jesus is referred to as the son of God; it is made clear that as he possesses the nature of God, he deserves all the worship (Psalms 45:6-7; Hebrew 1:8-9). There is reference of Christ as deity, the Messianic psalm, signifies the greatness of
So true justice does not rest on what society reflects upon with reason alone. The place to learn about justice is first and foremost from the biblical narrative of God’s creative, sustaining and redeeming activity in the world. The meaning of justice is known primarily from God’s revelation in history, and in the Bible is found the record of this revelation. The Bible is the story of God’s self-disclosure in both word and deed, and it is from this disclosure that one comes to know and understand more what justice entails. Social justice finds its beginning in God, who is both social and just.
A biblical defence of Oneness ‘The Old Testament witness is fundamentally to the oneness of God.’ The God of the Old Testament is a uniquely holy God, demanding sole worship. He declares; ‘You shall have no other gods before [or besides] me.’ There was one God and the Israelites were to give him their worship. The Shema, is one of the clearest indications of God’s complete uniqueness; ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one.’ Despite recent debate concerning whether the text is affirming God’s singularity, incomparability or integrity; scholars, ‘all alike emphasize the unique, unmatched deity of Jehovah.’ Amidst a context of polytheism, Israel’s God is claiming sole and ultimate sovereignty; there is only one God. Christopher
JESUS IS THE TRUE ‘’LOGOS’’ OF GOD In John 1:1 the term "the Word" (a translation of the Greek "Logos") is widely interpreted as referring to Jesus, as indicated in other verses later in the same chapter. The Greek term “Logos” was well known in the heathen philosophies and the Hebrew Wisdom literature. The Bible reveals to us that the Creator was before the existence of all things, invisible and visible: God the Father and His Word Jesus Christ, the Author of all things existed before the beginning of everything- before the creation of time. God pre-existed in eternity (Genese1:1). Jesus was with God the Father before the creation of angels and men.
3:16, 17; 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14). In the Nicene Creed, it also states that the Father and Son are together worshiped and my interpretation is that the Holy Spirit is a way of connecting with the Father and Son while they are all 3 in one. Later on they state that the Father is the creator of heaven and of earth, The Lord Jesus Christ, is eternal and only begotten Son of the Father that he is true God and true man. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and by His sinless life, miracles and teaching, gave full revelation of the Father.
Just as God inspired the Scriptures to teach doctrine, so God inspired leaders throughout the history of the church to introduce additional doctrines and practices. The collective writings of the early church “fathers,” the decisions of the ecumenical councils, and the decisions of the popes constitute this authoritative church tradition. The council included as part of the Bible the Apocrypha, books from the inter-testamental period that the Jews and the Protestants excluded. The Council of Trent officially pronounced eleven books of the Apocrypha to be Scripture. The result is that the Roman Catholic Bible today includes in the Old Testament seven extra books and four additions to existing books.
Christianity stands on the idea that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that his life on earth, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are proof of God 's love for humanity and God 's forgiveness of human sins; and that by faith in Jesus one may attain salvation and eternal life. This teaching is embodied in the Bible, specifically in the New Testament, but Christians accept also the Old Testament as sacred and authoritative Scripture. Christians is a monotheistic religion, meaning they only believe in one god. Christian believe that we are all born sinners due to Adam and Eve, but we can all reach salvation by faith in God and good works. In the
This is most certainly true,” (Luther 15). Humans must know and admit to the fact that they are the creation of God, and that this should be honored above all things. This shows that God is all powerful and humans must recognize and respect that. The Lord’s Prayer also shows outright respect to God with its First Petition. The First Petition state “Hallowed be Thy name,” and Luther explains that “God’s name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also,” (Luther “Small Catechism” 19).
In part II of Lewis book he describes several different scenarios of Christians beliefs. He first talked about the difference between Christian Pantheism and the Christian idea of God. (pp.36). I myself as a Christian believe that God is beyond good and evil, that he is good and righteous, he loves love and hates hatred. Whereas, in Pantheism, one believes that God is part of the universe, without the universe God would not exist.
Mormonism is a form of Christianity that holds Jesus Christ as the center of their faith and head of their church. Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They believe that the Bible is the word of God and came from the writings of the holy men of God as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost. Their faith values an additional Holy Scripture called The Book of Mormon which supports and dignifies the Bible. Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon is another witness that Jesus Christ lived.
When the New Testament refers to Jesus as Christ, it is not referring to Jesus’ surname but to Jesus’ title as messiah, as king.” (Diffey, 2015)Jesus was believed to be the Son within the Holy Trinity: The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is also seen as the Word of God in which all this were created. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3 (The Holy Bible: The New International Version, n.d.) Jesus was put on earth to dwell amongst man and spread the teachings of God.
Philippians 2:12-14 speaks about this spiritual co-operation between us and God, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing.” I love this scripture as it gives each of us some clear principles for living in Christ. You work out your own salvation. As salvation is a work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and by obedience we work it out or live it out! It is a responsibility placed upon each believer to decide to obey God’s word and live out this great salvation worked in us by Christ.