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1 Our Relationship With Jesus as Lord

2 How do we know about God? Please write your name on your worksheet. Write in complete sentences. You will hand it in after we discuss it for participation credit.

3 The Plan Before we can understand our relationship with Jesus as Lord we are going to do the following: Before we can understand our relationship with Jesus as Lord we are going to do the following: Examine the nature of knowledge Examine the nature of knowledge Examine the nature of truth Examine the nature of truth Examine the nature of opinion Examine the nature of opinion Examine the nature of revelation Examine the nature of revelation

4 Knowledge How do we come to know anything at all? How do we come to know anything at all? We have our own senses and our own intellect to review what our senses receive. We have our own senses and our own intellect to review what our senses receive. We hear, smell, taste, feel, and see. We hear, smell, taste, feel, and see. We obtain some knowledge through experience We obtain some knowledge through experience Most of our knowledge, however, comes to us from others who Witness to the truth. Most of our knowledge, however, comes to us from others who Witness to the truth. You cannot experience the civil war but you can gain knowledge of it through witnesses. You cannot experience the civil war but you can gain knowledge of it through witnesses.

5 Knowledge You and I cannot experience the result of every scientific finding, we have to trust in the scientists who witness the results of their experiments. You and I cannot experience the result of every scientific finding, we have to trust in the scientists who witness the results of their experiments. The scientific community itself does not put blind trust in their peers, rather they do peer reviews. It is on the word of many scientists (Witnesses) that we have more confidence that it is true. The scientific community itself does not put blind trust in their peers, rather they do peer reviews. It is on the word of many scientists (Witnesses) that we have more confidence that it is true. Human witness is subject to error and corruption. Human witness is subject to error and corruption. Scientists often steer their findings toward their desired results. Scientists often steer their findings toward their desired results. Science is often seen as somehow more reliable than faith in proclaiming the truth when in fact both disciplines rely on witnesses. Science is often seen as somehow more reliable than faith in proclaiming the truth when in fact both disciplines rely on witnesses.

6 Reliability Both science and faith are supported by witnesses and both are reliable ways of receiving knowledge and truth. Both science and faith are supported by witnesses and both are reliable ways of receiving knowledge and truth. The repeatability of scientific experiments gives us great confidence while both our method and our interpretation of data leaves a lot of room for error. The repeatability of scientific experiments gives us great confidence while both our method and our interpretation of data leaves a lot of room for error. A scientific truth today is subject to change with tomorrows great discovery. A scientific truth today is subject to change with tomorrows great discovery. Galileo taught the world this truth by declaring the earth was not the center of the universe. Galileo taught the world this truth by declaring the earth was not the center of the universe.

7 Understanding The Truth The truth must be one. The truth must be one. Something cant be hard and not hard at the same time. Something cant be hard and not hard at the same time. Something cant be bright and not bright at the same time. Something cant be bright and not bright at the same time. Something cant be hot and not hot at the same time. Something cant be hot and not hot at the same time. Something cant be true and false at the same time. Something cant be true and false at the same time.

8 Understanding the Truth 1+1=2, it cannot equal 3 or any other number. Everything else is false or wrong. 1+1=2, it cannot equal 3 or any other number. Everything else is false or wrong. Though opinions of truth may vary down to each human person, the truth itself must be one. Though opinions of truth may vary down to each human person, the truth itself must be one. If I told you that Barney the Dinosaur was in that conference room, you might go and discover that he is not. If I told you that Barney the Dinosaur was in that conference room, you might go and discover that he is not. You could then say that Im wrong. You could then say that Im wrong. I could say, It is true for me. But you would still say that I am wrong. I could say, It is true for me. But you would still say that I am wrong. Or if I promised to pay for your college and when the bills keep coming you approach me and say, You didnt pay for my college. I could reply Yes I did, until my teeth fell out, but the bill would still not be paid. Or if I promised to pay for your college and when the bills keep coming you approach me and say, You didnt pay for my college. I could reply Yes I did, until my teeth fell out, but the bill would still not be paid.

9 Truth vs. Opinion I think the planet is warming. I think the planet is warming. I think the planet is not warming. I think the planet is not warming. These are both opinions. These are both opinions. Either might be true or false. Either might be true or false. But the planet cannot both be warming and not warming at the same time. But the planet cannot both be warming and not warming at the same time. At least one opinion is false as they are opposite. At least one opinion is false as they are opposite. It is possible that they are both false. It is possible that they are both false. It is impossible for them both to be right. It is impossible for them both to be right.

10 Revelation God has revealed to us the Truth and we call this revelation. God has revealed to us the Truth and we call this revelation. He has told us the truth about Himself. He has told us the truth about Himself. He has told us the truth about salvation. He has told us the truth about salvation. He has told us the truth about morality. He has told us the truth about morality. He has told us the truth in such a way as to have many witnesses and to be fully peer reviewed throughout history. He has told us the truth in such a way as to have many witnesses and to be fully peer reviewed throughout history. Jesus said, I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. Jesus said, I did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.

11 How we know about God We know about God through the many witnesses who have heard and seen what God has revealed. We know about God through the many witnesses who have heard and seen what God has revealed. We have 4 gospels, 12 Apostles, many prophets, etc. We have 4 gospels, 12 Apostles, many prophets, etc. Why should these witnesses be any less reliable than scientists when peer review has come to the same unchanging conclusions over 2000 years! Why should these witnesses be any less reliable than scientists when peer review has come to the same unchanging conclusions over 2000 years! St. John says, Faith is in hearing. We hear from these Witnesses. St. John says, Faith is in hearing. We hear from these Witnesses.

12 Witnesses To Christ If you believe the witnesses who recorded the Data in the Bible and/or the teachings of the Church then we believe that God has revealed the truth to us. If you believe the witnesses who recorded the Data in the Bible and/or the teachings of the Church then we believe that God has revealed the truth to us. This would mean that God has revealed the Fullness of Truth to His Church. This would mean that God has revealed the Fullness of Truth to His Church. Because it is true, it must be perfectly reasonable and intelligent. Because it is true, it must be perfectly reasonable and intelligent. Because it is true, it must not contradict itself. Because it is true, it must not contradict itself. All of these things hold true from Gods first revelation to Adam and Eve to Gods final revelation in Jesus Christ. All of these things hold true from Gods first revelation to Adam and Eve to Gods final revelation in Jesus Christ.

13 Spiritual Relativism The term Spiritual Relativism is the belief that all religions are the same (It doesnt matter) The term Spiritual Relativism is the belief that all religions are the same (It doesnt matter) This belief system is a product of Atheism. This belief system is a product of Atheism. Remember when we said: The planet is warming vs. the planet is not warming? Remember when we said: The planet is warming vs. the planet is not warming? We said that only one could be true, at least one is false, and maybe both are false. We said that only one could be true, at least one is false, and maybe both are false. Spiritual Relativism is based on the notion that all religions are false. Spiritual Relativism is based on the notion that all religions are false. If every religion is false than who are we to judge which one is best for you? If every religion is false than who are we to judge which one is best for you? But if the truth is available there can be only one and it is best for someone to have the truth over a falsehood. But if the truth is available there can be only one and it is best for someone to have the truth over a falsehood.

14 The Fullness of Truth The Catholic Church

15 This is the One True Religion! Instead of saying all religions are false, we say that there is one completely true religion…The Catholic Faith. Instead of saying all religions are false, we say that there is one completely true religion…The Catholic Faith. However, other faiths share some of the One Truth with us. However, other faiths share some of the One Truth with us. If we were to say, that the Red Sox and the Patriots are playing today, this statement would be false. If we were to say, that the Red Sox and the Patriots are playing today, this statement would be false. However this statement has some truth in it, The Patriots are playing today, however it also has falsehood in it…The Red Sox are playing today. However this statement has some truth in it, The Patriots are playing today, however it also has falsehood in it…The Red Sox are playing today. Those who go to Gillette Stadium will enjoy the truth while those who go to Fenway will find an empty stadium. Those who go to Gillette Stadium will enjoy the truth while those who go to Fenway will find an empty stadium.

16 Sharing in the Truth A Muslim who devotes themselves to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is like the one who goes to the Patriots game. A Muslim who devotes themselves to prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is like the one who goes to the Patriots game. These wholesome practices of truth and piety will grant them the expect reward. These wholesome practices of truth and piety will grant them the expect reward. If they follow the false teaching, they will encounter emptiness and ultimately dissatisfaction. If they follow the false teaching, they will encounter emptiness and ultimately dissatisfaction.

17 Sharing in the Truth Catholic Church The Catholic Church One Truth! Muslims Jews Protestants Pagans

18 Sharing in the Truth St. Paul when viewing the Pagan Temples saw one to the Unknown God. St. Paul when viewing the Pagan Temples saw one to the Unknown God. St. Paul said, That shrine is to the True God. Those who worshiped at this shrine found God and found salvation. St. Paul points out there is truth there as well. St. Paul said, That shrine is to the True God. Those who worshiped at this shrine found God and found salvation. St. Paul points out there is truth there as well. However, St. Paul goes on to tell them who that God really is. However, St. Paul goes on to tell them who that God really is. The Jewish man who approached Jesus and confessed his love for God with all his heart, soul, and mind, was told he was close to the Kingdom of God. He was Jewish but had found the saving truth. The Jewish man who approached Jesus and confessed his love for God with all his heart, soul, and mind, was told he was close to the Kingdom of God. He was Jewish but had found the saving truth. The Muslims who believe in One God, a God of Mercy, a God of Love, share those truths with us. The Muslims who believe in One God, a God of Mercy, a God of Love, share those truths with us. Jesus said, I am the…Truth! So anyone who learns to love the truth that we share, learns to love Jesus, whether they know it or not. Jesus said, I am the…Truth! So anyone who learns to love the truth that we share, learns to love Jesus, whether they know it or not.

19 To Pursue the Truth Those who love wisdom (Philosophers) who seek the Truth, are not satisfied with a mere taste. Those who love wisdom (Philosophers) who seek the Truth, are not satisfied with a mere taste. Once we discover the truth we can more easily see lies. Once we discover the truth we can more easily see lies. We have a responsibility to explore it as deeply as possible. We have a responsibility to explore it as deeply as possible. For who ignores the one they love? Who upon finding Christ (The Truth) would then turn and ignore Him? For who ignores the one they love? Who upon finding Christ (The Truth) would then turn and ignore Him?

20 Cast Off Falsehood To live in the truth we must cast off falsehood To live in the truth we must cast off falsehood Lets analyze the following logic: Lets analyze the following logic: Jesus is the Son of God Jesus is the Son of God Jesus is not the Son of God Jesus is not the Son of God Only one can be true, at least one is false, and maybe both are false. Only one can be true, at least one is false, and maybe both are false. We teach Jesus is the Son of God We teach Jesus is the Son of God Muslims teach Jesus is not the Son of God Muslims teach Jesus is not the Son of God At least one of us is wrong At least one of us is wrong We have faith in the Revelation and Witness of the Apostles that we are right. We have faith in the Revelation and Witness of the Apostles that we are right. If someone is right, isnt it better to believe in the truth. If someone is right, isnt it better to believe in the truth.

21 Cast Off Falsehood Lets look at the logic of Spiritual Relativism: Lets look at the logic of Spiritual Relativism: It doesnt matter what religion you are. It doesnt matter what religion you are. It does matter what religion you are. It does matter what religion you are. Only one can be true, at least one is false, maybe both. Only one can be true, at least one is false, maybe both. If everyone goes to heaven, if there is no need to repent and convert, if God doesnt care what you believe, then all of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism is false. If everyone goes to heaven, if there is no need to repent and convert, if God doesnt care what you believe, then all of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism is false. Not only that, Jesus, would be nothing more than a liar and a fool. Not only that, Jesus, would be nothing more than a liar and a fool.

22 Is Jesus a Fool? Why would God give up heaven to become a man if he didnt have too? Why would God give up heaven to become a man if he didnt have too? Why would he shiver in a manger and be born to a poor family? Why would he shiver in a manger and be born to a poor family? For if our beliefs didnt matter why send a teacher? For if our beliefs didnt matter why send a teacher? Does God simply want to suffer for the sake of suffering? What would that say about him? Does God simply want to suffer for the sake of suffering? What would that say about him? Why would God communicate at all? Why would God communicate at all? Why would he give a law to Moses? Why would he give a law to Moses? Why would he have prophets? Why would he have prophets? Why would he come himself? Why would he come himself?

23 Why Would Jesus Teach? When Jesus Christ is older, he goes around saying I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. When Jesus Christ is older, he goes around saying I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you can take any road and believe anything and get to heaven, is Jesus saying something that is false? If you can take any road and believe anything and get to heaven, is Jesus saying something that is false? If God himself says things that are false then logically nothing matters at all because we could never know the truth. If God himself says things that are false then logically nothing matters at all because we could never know the truth.

24 Why Die? Then Jesus gets tortured and crucified for a crime he was not guilty of. All he had to do was speak and he would be free. Then Jesus gets tortured and crucified for a crime he was not guilty of. All he had to do was speak and he would be free. Why did he shed his blood on the cross if the cross isnt important? Why did he shed his blood on the cross if the cross isnt important? Why would he allow himself to be tortured if it doesnt matter? Why would he allow himself to be tortured if it doesnt matter? Did Jesus die for no reason at all? Did Jesus die for no reason at all? Did his resurrection mean nothing? Did his resurrection mean nothing?

25 OR… Jesus is truly is the Son of God. Jesus is truly is the Son of God. And all that was revealed to the Jews before him was in fact true. And all that was revealed to the Jews before him was in fact true. That means we are bound to the law of love, expressed in minimum through the law of Moses, on penalty of Hell. That means we are bound to the law of love, expressed in minimum through the law of Moses, on penalty of Hell. We are not capable of living up to the law of love and so we are doomed to condemnation. We are not capable of living up to the law of love and so we are doomed to condemnation. Jesus came to teach us, sanctify us, and redeem us. Jesus came to teach us, sanctify us, and redeem us.

26 The Tremendously Loving God So Jesus left his Almighty Throne in Heaven, emptied Himself, became a dependent and weak little infant for the immense purpose of love. So Jesus left his Almighty Throne in Heaven, emptied Himself, became a dependent and weak little infant for the immense purpose of love. The shadow of his cross fell over the manger. The shadow of his cross fell over the manger. Jesus Christ came to suffer and die for us, so that we might never know the suffering of Hell. Jesus Christ came to suffer and die for us, so that we might never know the suffering of Hell. At Christs birth not only came the hope for salvation, but an unlocking of the human capacity to love. At Christs birth not only came the hope for salvation, but an unlocking of the human capacity to love. Jesus came to earth not because nothing matters, but because you matter to God. Jesus came to earth not because nothing matters, but because you matter to God. He came because our sins matter and he seeks to free us from eternal damnation. He came because our sins matter and he seeks to free us from eternal damnation.

27 Teach Us To Love – Invite us to Truth Jesus spent his life demonstrating Gods love for us. Jesus spent his life demonstrating Gods love for us. He invites us to Love him in return and live in his truth. He invites us to Love him in return and live in his truth. He does not seek to condemn other religions but lead them in one truth. He does not seek to condemn other religions but lead them in one truth. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one Shepherd. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one Shepherd. No matter what religion a person is, they can hear the One Truth (Jesus) and follow him. No matter what religion a person is, they can hear the One Truth (Jesus) and follow him. Yet false teachings in other religions can just as easily lead people away from Jesus (The Truth). Yet false teachings in other religions can just as easily lead people away from Jesus (The Truth). Therefore we evangelize and try to bring people into the fullness of truth that their love of God may be without falsehood, and their joy could be complete. Therefore we evangelize and try to bring people into the fullness of truth that their love of God may be without falsehood, and their joy could be complete. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. No one comes to the Father without rejecting falsehood and loving the truth. I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. No one comes to the Father without rejecting falsehood and loving the truth.

28 Jesus Redeems Us Then the innocent man sheds his innocent blood to earn life for those who love him. Then the innocent man sheds his innocent blood to earn life for those who love him. An innocent God pays the price for his guilty creations that they might still know Him, Love Him, and Serve Him in this life to be happy with him in the next life. An innocent God pays the price for his guilty creations that they might still know Him, Love Him, and Serve Him in this life to be happy with him in the next life. God who through the gift of freedom presented humanity with the possibility of suffering and death, gave the gift of his own suffering and death so that we might be free again (Made holy and free to love again). God who through the gift of freedom presented humanity with the possibility of suffering and death, gave the gift of his own suffering and death so that we might be free again (Made holy and free to love again). God who invites us to rise up to heaven to share his life, has lowered himself into all our pain to share your life with you. God who invites us to rise up to heaven to share his life, has lowered himself into all our pain to share your life with you. No one has a greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No one has a greater love than this, to lay down ones life for ones friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.

29 Our Relationship with Jesus Jesus came to bring us the fullness of truth. Jesus came to bring us the fullness of truth. Jesus came to forgive us our sins. Jesus came to forgive us our sins. Jesus came to reveal to us His Fathers Love. Jesus came to reveal to us His Fathers Love. Jesus came to offer us His Friendship. Jesus came to offer us His Friendship.

30 Think Christmas Ask, is it all true? Ask, is it all true? Was God truly born in a manger to begin a mission of love to save me? Was God truly born in a manger to begin a mission of love to save me? Is Jesus a fool and nothing matters, or is Jesus my Lord come to redeem me? Is Jesus a fool and nothing matters, or is Jesus my Lord come to redeem me? When you spend the time with your family, giving and receiving, ask yourself if there isnt something more meaningful in love? When you spend the time with your family, giving and receiving, ask yourself if there isnt something more meaningful in love?

31 Share It With the World Once we recognize the truth, which is love, we should share it with the World. Once we recognize the truth, which is love, we should share it with the World. We should love people of every belief, every sinner (no matter how bad), we should love them even to our own death. We should love people of every belief, every sinner (no matter how bad), we should love them even to our own death. We should witness to the One Truth and even endure suffering and death to declare it in love for others. We should witness to the One Truth and even endure suffering and death to declare it in love for others. The word Martyr means Witness. The word Martyr means Witness. We shall declare the truth in love and sing Joy to the World for the Lord has come and redeemed us. We shall declare the truth in love and sing Joy to the World for the Lord has come and redeemed us. In discovering the Truth (Jesus Christ) Happiness is Yours! (Beati Voi!). In discovering the Truth (Jesus Christ) Happiness is Yours! (Beati Voi!).


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