B I B S T U D  Lesson 01  U N D E R S T A N D I N G  F A I T H  A N D  R E V E L A T I O N
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  • 1. Dennis Raymond P. Maturan De La Salle – College of St. Benilde 2011
  • 2. Etymology of Revelation
    • From Latin
    • “ revelare” - to unveil
    • “ revelatio” - uncovering
  • 3. UNDERSTANDING REVELATION
    • Lesson 1a: Revelation
    • Define Divine revelation as event (words) and deeds of God in history.
    • Compare and contrast some biblical events with some of the events in the personal lives of the students.
    • Create a prayer of gratitude for God’s revelation in one’s life.
  • 4. Various Meanings of Revelation
    • The act of revealing or disclosing.
    • An astonishing disclosure.
    • God’s disclosure of Himself and His will to His creatures.
    • God relating to man His Truth and Mysteries.
    • The act of removing the mystery or “veil” covering hidden truths about God.
    • It is God ”unveiling” Himself to human beings.
  • 5. What is Therefore Revelation?
    • It is the disclosure by God of Himself and His will to the human race by way of communication.
    • God is the “Communicator” while man is the either the transmitter or intermediary.
    • Depending on the intermediary, there are two forms of revelation commonly called natural and supernatural.
  • 6. The Two Forms of Revelation
    • Natural (General) Revelation – it is man knowing by nature and seeking by nature God since he was created by God Himself. (Gk. “Syneidesis”)
    • Supernatural (Divine) Revelation – it is God, specifically telling man, His mysteries which cannot be known by man naturally.
  • 7. What is Christian Revelation?
    • It is the means by which man knows the divine truths
      • The written font of truth such as the scriptures and…
      • The unwritten tradition, which have come down to us from practices and attendant arguments of history.
      • By this revelation then, the deepest truth about God and man’s salvation is made clear to us in Christ, ho is the Mediator and at the same time the fullness of revelation (DV2).
  • 8. What is Christian Revelation?
    • 4. “To see Jesus is to see the Father” (Jn. 14:19). For this reason, Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through His work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through His words and deeds His signs and wonders, but especially through his death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of Truth (DV4)
  • 9. The Two Methods of Christian Revelation
    • GOD
    • Source of Truth
    • Revelation
    • Man
    • Tradition
    • Oral Tradition Scriptural Tradition
  • 10. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • JUDAISM:
    • Monotheistic religion of the Jews (Abraham’s descendants).
    • Israelites relationship with Yahweh as revealed through Moses.
    • Based upon the Old Testament, rabbis…
  • 11. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • Divided into the Sanhedrin, Elders, Pharisees, Scribes, Zealots, Levitical priests and other minor factions.
    • At present, has a minority of ultra-orthodox Jews known as Hasidic Jews.
  • 12. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • 2. CHRISTIANITY:
    • Faith of both Jews and Gentiles who embraced Jesus Christ’s teachings and Himself as the fulfillment of the OT promises.
    • Accepts the Triune as three distinct persons.
  • 13. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • Beliefs based upon the Bible (both OT and NT) through Jesus and the Apostles.
    • United as a Church community.
    • Divided into three major factions: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy and Protestantism.
  • 14. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • 3. ISLAM:
    • Literally means “Submission to God’s will”.
    • Middle Eastern religion with Allah as the one God as founded by the Prophet Mohammed.
  • 15. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • Faith based upon the Qur’an.
    • Two major factions are the Shi’ite and Sunni groups.
    • Follows the five Pillars of Islam.
  • 16. The Three Religions Claiming Revelation
    • The Five Pillars of Islam :
    • There is one god Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.
    • Pray five times a day facing Meccah
    • 3. Give alms to the poor.
    • 4. Fast during the days of Ramadhan.
    • 5. Pilgrimage to Meccah ar least once for those who are able to.
  • 17. THE GOD OF REVELATION
    • The Seven Holy Names of God in the OT:
    • El – God
    • Elohim – “Gods”
    • Shaddai – Almighty
    • Adonai – Lord
    • e) Elyon –Most High
    • f) Qadosh – Most Holy
    • JHWH, JHVH- Yahweh – I Am Who Am
    • In the NT:
    • HOLY TRINITY –Triune God
    • YESHUA - Yahweh Saves
    • PARACLETE - Advocate
  • 18. UNDERSTANDING FAITH
    • Lesson 1b: Faith
    • 1. Distinguish the meaning and necessity of faith.
    • 2. Create a need for genuine faith in understanding the relevance of Abraham’s faith and his role as ‘Father of All Nations’.*
    • 3. Express one’s gift of faith through a prayer of trust.
  • 19. UNDERSTANDING FAITH
    • Fruits of Revelation :
    • Liberating Truth
    • Reconciling Truth
    • Loving Truth
    • Virtues Derived :
    • Faith
    • Hope – trust on God’s promises of hope and mercy
    • Charity – Godly love
  • 20. ETYMOLOGY OF FAITH
    • From Latin fides -"trust, faith, confidence, reliance, credence, belief”
    • From root fidere - "to trust”
  • 21. ETYMOLOGY OF FAITH
    • In the Old Testament, in Hebrew aman it means essentially “steadfastness”
    • In the New Testament the meanings "to believe" and "belief", for Greek pisteon and pistis , come to the fore.
  • 22. UNDERSTANDING FAITH
    • Faith is hope and belief in the goodness or trustworthiness, of a person, concept or entity.
    • Faith in Christianity is based in and on the work and teaching of Jesus Christ.
    • Faith is therefore belief, trust and obedience in God.
  • 23. UNDERSTANDING FAITH
    • I. TRUTH DERIVED.
    • That there is only One God.
    • That that One God has Three Divine and Distinct Persons.
    • That the proper use of images is not absolutely forbidden.
    • Allows veneration of Mary and the Saints.
  • 24. UNDERSTANDING FAITH
    • Duties :
    • Prayer – communication with God
    • Worship – Adoration due only to God
    • Others :
    • The Four Acts and Ends of Prayer
    • Adoration – latria, hyperdulia, dulia
    • Contrition or Reparation
    • Thanksgiving
    • Supplication or Petition