God was unique and holy. God expected mankind to be ethical in their dealings with one another, because He had given them the divine spark of understanding. Since by themselves, despite their capacity for understanding, mankind proved incapable either of telling good from bad, or if they managed this, of sticking to it, God revealed His expectations absolutely clearly as law.
He revealed this law first of all to Moses who thereby became the founder of Jewish religion. God told Moses and he told the Jewish people that keeping the divine law would make of the Jews a holy people and a light and sign to all other peoples of the world. Breaking the divine law may bring short-term gains but would eventually result in total divorce from God and perpetual exile and death.
The teachings of Jesus.
Jesus said that by His law God did not want to judge people and catch them out, but to love them and gather them to Himself. Jesus taught that the law was not an end unto itself, but the promise of glory, of God's kingdom on earth, of a time of peace and prosperity. Jesus further taught that the time for this kingdom was now and he was himself ushering it into the world at God's command. For centuries the Jews had believed such a figure would come, who they called the 'Messiah' or in Greek, 'Christ'.
The Messiah would end history as it was known and start a new reign of God on earth. How the Messiah would actually come, how he would bring about the long awaited kingdom of God and what it would actually look like in the world was unknown, although there were plenty of noisy people with fanciful ideas on the subject.
The followers of Jesus believed he was the Messiah, and Jesus led them in that belief. It was to prove a challenging belief and a decisive one.
Jesus' ministry and message. In those days, the Jews were the only anti-mythological people in the world. They despised myth. The reports of Jesus that come down to us are historical in flavour, rather than mythological. They say he healed thousands of people, sometimes from profound disabilities; people were healed simply by entering his presence, or merely by touching his clothes.
He walked across the water of a huge lake in Galilee, he brought dead people back to life, even from a distance, and with just a word. He was also able to control the weather and other elements turning water into wine and feeding people with five loaves and a few little fish.
Jesus: What Catholics Believe and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Jesus: What Catholics Believe Paperback – October 9, ALAN SCHRECK is a professor of theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, specializing in Catholic doctrine, Church history. The Church believes that this savior was Jesus whom John the Roman Catholics believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
He spread love and peace to everyone he met. His teachings were simple, wise and quintessentially Jewish. But this God-man was a living blasphemy to his Jewish religious opponents who regarded him as a threat to their livelihoods and social importance.
It was one of Jesus' own followers, Judas, who betrayed him by organising his arrest. Jesus died in agony, nailed to a wooden cross, the sagging weight of his body not enabling him to breath properly as his strength gave out. Read More.
They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Catholics believe that people who die for the faith, catechumens who die before being baptized, those who do not know Christ or the Church through no fault of their own but seek God sincerely and do God's will can be saved without being baptized. Sacraments - Catholics believe the sacraments are a means of grace. The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect prayer. Catholics believe that Jesus Christ entrusted his mission to the Apostles, who transmitted Christ's Gospel through their witness, preaching and writing. Therefore, God's Revelation is transmitted through both Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture; both flow from the same divine wellspring and work together toward the same goal. Victoria says:.
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Additional resources from around the web that can provide you with more insight about what Catholics believe and why The Catechism of the Church The Catechism, published by the Vatican, is a sure norm for understanding Catholic teaching. The Documents of the Second Vatican Council The Second Vatican Council was a gathering of all the bishops in the world from to to help guide the Church in the modern world.
The Catholic Encyclopedia The Catholic Encyclopedia is a little out of date, but has excellent informative articles about an extensive array of Catholic topics. If anything, the Church might have come to a better understanding or expression of the faith. Consider the concept of the "Trinity": although the concept had been there since Genesis, that word is not in Scripture. It took more than a little while for the Church to piece together the idea and its implications; when it became a matter of doctrine, it was not "new", just "clearer".
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