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In The Beginning… THE SALVATION STORY BEGINS. Opening Prayer Come Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove, With light and comfort from above. Be Thou our Guardian,

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1 In The Beginning… THE SALVATION STORY BEGINS

2 Opening Prayer Come Gracious Spirit, Heavenly Dove, With light and comfort from above. Be Thou our Guardian, Thou our Guide, Stay close, by every child's side. Amen!

3 Pentateuch “five books” “divine teachings” Torah the Law

4 Timeline Creation The Church 70 AD 1900-1300 BC Patriarchal Period 3000-2000 BC Primeval History 1300-1250 BC The Exodus & Law

5 Truth 1.God designed and created all things. 2.God created us like Himself to be in relationship with Him. 3.God gives us all of creation and Himself in order for us to have true life and freedom with Him

6 Who are we, why are we, what is our purpose?

7 Slavery become freedom through relationship with God

8 What does that relationship entail?

9 Who is involved in the relationship?

10 The reminders we need in order to remain in relationship with God

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12 Reading the Bible (http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/should-we-read-the-bible-literally-or-symbolically )http://www.catholic.com/quickquestions/should-we-read-the-bible-literally-or-symbolically “Sometimes I don't know what to think about the Bible. Should we take it literally or symbolically? “  It depends on the intent of the particular biblical author:  If he intended what he wrote to be taken literally, then we should take it literally.  If he meant for it to be taken symbolically, then that's how we should take it.  Some things in the Bible, such as the parables of Jesus, are clearly symbolic, but what about other things, such as Christ's words about the Eucharist? Are they to be taken literally or symbolically? Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, many Lutherans, and many Anglicans take them literally. Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, and other Protestants do not.  Who decides?  Scripture Scholars?  Because of the possibility (and frequency) of such scholarly impasses, the Catholic Church insists that Christ established the magisterium--the teaching authority of the Church--to propound biblical truth infallibly. The authentic explanation of the biblical message has been left neither to our own meager interpretive abilities, nor to the greater, yet still finite, exegetical skills of scholars, but has been safeguarded by God himself.


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