4 RevelationChristians believe that God has revealed his presence throughout the ages and continues to do so.A Christian has faith that revelation is true.Christians believe that their God YHWH (Yahweh) reveals his nature to us through what he does. YHWH means “I AM”, or – “I will show you who I am by what I do”.
5 RevelationChristians believe that throughout the period they know as the Old Testament, God revealed himself through Kings (should we be sceptical of this?) and prophets.The final and ultimate revelation was in the form of Jesus.
6 RevelationRemember: Christians believe Jesus was the incarnation of God – literally meaning God made flesh. Christians believe that by this God was revealing himself to humans.
7 RevelationChristians believe that revelation is when God tells us what he wants us to do.Revelation contains the truth – as it comes from God. The message is perfect with no flaws, or infallible.
8 RevelationRevelation stems from the Latin word revelare, which means ‘to remove the veil’. Christians believe that it reveals what is hidden or partially hidden.Revelation is important to Christians because it reveals the purpose of our creation and why we are really here.
9 What is the importance of revelation to Christians? Check your learningWhat is the importance of revelation to Christians?4 KU(4 min)
10 What is the importance of revelation to Christians? 4KU 4min Marking instructions:Where candidates list points, a sentence of explanation is required to gain a mark.
11 What is the importance of revelation to Christians? 4 KU“Revelation reveals God’s nature to us.”It is infallible (perfect).• Gives us God's will for creation.• God's way of communicating with us.• God reveals what is hidden or partially hidden.• Contains the truth.• Reveals the purpose of creation.
13 Revelation in summary General and Special Revelation Through Scripture Through the Traditions of the ChurchThrough Religious ExperienceThrough Order and Design
14 General and Special Revelation General RevelationRevelatio RealisThe works of God(nature, observation of the world, available to anybody)Special RevelationRevelatio VerbalisThe word of God(given directly to one person eg. Moses and the burning bush, prophets etc)Very important !! Copy into your jotters!
15 General RevelationGod reveals character to all Christians. Addressed to human reason.Seen through his acts of creation.‘Order and complexity’ suggests creator and designer (Cosmological and Teleological argument).Examples throughout human history e.g. ExodusAwareness or feeling of God.
16 Special RevelationRevelation is more direct or personal. Understood through faith.Dreams, visions, appearances and miracles e.g. 10 Commandments on Mount Sinai; Exodus story - Moses and the burning bush/parting of the red sea.Rooted in God’s plan to redeem us and addressed to man as a sinner (due to The Fall).
17 (The most) Special Revelation (to Christians) Becoming human in the form of Jesus.‘A glimpse of God.’
18 Real-time test Answer in pairs General Special Moses’ burning bush 10 Commandments in the BibleThe works of GodMoses receiving the 10 CommandmentsAct of creationA dream or vision of JesusThe BibleGeneralSpecialAnswer in pairs
19 Real-time test General Special Moses’ burning bush 10 Commandments in the BibleThe works of GodMoses receiving the 10 CommandmentsAct of creationA dream or vision of JesusThe BibleGeneralSpecial
20 Describe two types of revelation. 4 KU (4 min) Check your learningDescribe two types of revelation.4 KU(4 min)
21 Describe two types of revelation. 4 KUMarking instructions:Candidates may obtain a maximum of 2 marks for each description. No marks should be awarded if the candidate simply writes “general” and “special”.
22 Describe two types of revelation. 4 KUGeneral …Revelatio RealisThe works of GodTo people in generalRooted in creation and addressed to human reasonE.g. order and complexity in natureSpecial … Revelatio VerbalisThe word of GodA particular communication to a particular individualE.g. of dream, vision, miracle... Moses - burning bushRooted in God’s plan to redeem us and addressed to man as a sinner and can beUnderstood through faith
23 Think about it…What would you do if you thought that God had spoken to you in a dream?Would it depend on whether he had asked you to do something?
24 Revelation in summary General and Special Revelation Through Scripture Through the Traditions of the ChurchThrough Religious ExperienceThrough Order and Design
25 I Can....... describe the nature and importance of revelation in the Christian tradition.I am....... developing an understanding of the concept of ‘general’ and ‘special’ revelation.
26 The following images are interesting examples of revelation...
27 Example of Special Revelation: Moses Moses had a vision of a burning bush and a voice that told him to return to Egypt to free the Hebrew slaves.
28 CHICAGO -- A marking on a Kennedy Expressway underpass is creating a stir in Chicago.
29 Tears appear to show up on Madonna statue when picture was developed
30 Revelation through Religious Experience Alternative to scripture and tradition - direct experience of God communicating with you.Many forms of religious experience:‘one-ness’, realisation, ‘becoming one’ with the Universe.reaction to an event and interpretation of the meaning e.g. surviving illness or lightbulb story
31 Revelation through Religious Experience Often dramatic / traumatic. May happen during worship or high stress situation.
34 Outline of Higher RMPS schedule for Science and Belief August-December TJ1 Sources of human understandingChristian revelation.Scientific enquiry.Christianity, science and the origins of human life.2 What is the origin of the universe?Christianity and the origins of the universe: a creator God.Science and the origins of the universe: the Big Bang Theory.3 Is there compatibility between Christian belief and scientific theory?4 Christianity and science: the origins of human lifeChristian approaches to the origins of human life.Science and the theory of evolution.Christian responses to the theory of evolution.
35 Homework for Monday 19th August 1.What does the Latin word revelare mean?2. Describe ‘general’ revelation.3. Describe ‘special’ revelation.4. What is the literal meaning of ‘incarnation’?5.
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