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October 8, 2010

  1. 1. The Life of GraceChapters 1-4<br />Friday, October 8, 2010<br />Confirmation Preparation <br />St. Joseph the Worker<br />
  2. 2. Chapter 1 Knowing God Through Revelation<br />There can be no doubt that God exists<br />“Everywhere in the universe we find order and design.” (p. 13)<br />Nothing in creation was accidental; there is a Creator<br />Humans were made “in the image of God”<br />We are part of God’s physical creation.<br />Our ability to choose (free will) indicates that we have spiritual and rational souls, which distinguishes us from animals. <br />
  3. 3. Revelation is what God has told us about himself and his purpose for us.<br />Our faith allows us to believe what God reveals to us.<br />Reason helps us to understand why we believe what we believe even if we don’t completely understand all that God reveals.<br />We cannot discover all there is to learn about God through reason alone…<br />
  4. 4. In reading the Bible, we learn many things about God<br />God knows everyone and everything.<br />God knows all that ever was, all that is and all that ever will be.<br />
  5. 5. The TRINITY is one of the great mysteries of our faith<br />It is Jesus who reveals the greatest truth about God, in that there are three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit<br />
  6. 6. Chapter 2 Divine Revelation<br />The first people to know God were Adam and Eve.<br />God makes a covenant with Abraham, who becomes the father of the Chosen People, Israel.<br />
  7. 7. Jesus is God’s greatest revelation<br />Jesus taught people about who God really is<br />He passed on his teachings to others who later founded the Church<br />After the Resurrection, the Apostles preached and taught the gospel to others<br />
  8. 8. The Holy Bible or Sacred Scriptures, is the INSPIRED word of God<br />God is the primary author<br />Human authors were chosen to write in their own language and style<br />God moved these people to write about him and guided their minds as to what to put down<br />
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Bible is a collection of books, not one single book.
  10. 10. 73 books in total written by various people at different points in time</li></li></ul><li>Jesus gave the Apostles the authority to share God’s divine revelation with others<br />The Apostles’ Creed contains the principle mysteries revealed by God through Jesus and handed down by the Apostles<br />The Pope continues on in this role given to the Apostles and his teaching authority, the MAGISTERIUM, is infallible<br />
  11. 11. Chapter 3 Creation<br />The universe and everything in it, came to exist because God wanted it to exist. <br />Originally part of oral tradition, it was passed down to teach and remind people:<br />There is only one God and He is he the Creator of all that exists.<br />God created the world in an orderly way and as a way of sharing his love with us.<br />Everything created by God is good.<br />
  12. 12. God gave Adam and Eve special gifts…<br />Complete harmony in their lives<br />Never argued or acted selfishly<br />Kept free of suffering, sickness and death<br />Regarded as “heirs to Heaven”<br />*All that was required of them was that they love and serve God all their lives.<br />
  13. 13. God told Adam and Eve that they could eat anything in the Garden except for the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge…<br />
  14. 14. The Devil saw a chance to lead Adam and Eve away from God by tempting them to eat the forbidden fruit<br />He told them that if they ate, they would be just like their Creator<br />As a result, Adam and Eve were introduced to a life of suffering and were banished from Eden<br />In spite of the fall of Adam and Eve, God promised us a Redeemer, someone who would come and reconcile us to God and restore us to a life of grace.<br />
  15. 15. The Creation of the Angels<br />Not often spoken about when discussing the Creation stories<br />It is believed that the angels were created within the first six days of creation, possibly when God created the heavens<br />
  16. 16. Who or what are angels?<br />Pure spirits<br />No physical body<br />Possess greater power and intelligence than human beings<br />Unlike humans, they were not given free will; they were created for the purpose of serving God<br />
  17. 17. The Battle of Heaven<br />After some time had passed, God decided to test some of his angels to see if they would willingly follow his commands and freely love him.<br />Some, led by Lucifer, refused to serve God and rebelled. <br />God created Hell for those fallen angels or demons who no longer wanted to be with him. <br />To this very day, they work to turn God’s creation against him.<br />
  18. 18. The faithful or good angels were led by Michael, the Archangel<br />These angels assist us in living Christian lifestyle in service of God<br />God has assigned each of us a guardian angel whose mission is to help us reach heaven<br />
  19. 19. Chapter 4 God’s Plan of Salvation<br />God makes a COVENANT with Abraham.<br />
  20. 20. The Great Patriarchs:<br />ABRAHAM<br />ISAAC<br />JACOB<br />THE COVENANT CONTINUES …<br />
  21. 21. The youngest of Jacob’s sons was Joseph, whom he loved dearly. His other sons became jealous. <br />The brothers sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver to slave traders but told their father he had been killed by a wild animal.<br />Once in Egypt, Joseph’s talents allow him to be brought into a royal household and eventually, he becomes a servant to the Pharaoh.<br />In the land of Joseph’s family, the people suffered from famine. When the brothers travelled to Egypt to find food, they are re-united with Joseph and all is forgiven.<br />Joseph prefigures Jesus…<br />The family, along with thousands of Israelites, moved to Egypt, where, as long as Joseph was alive, they were treated well. <br />
  22. 22. After the death of Joseph, a new Pharaoh forced the Israelites into a life of slavery.<br />The people began to think that God had abandoned them but God would send a special man to set his people free…<br />