Presentation on theme: "REFLECTION : ) Can the parents who knows me, and all my faults and shortcomings, still love me? Can God who knows me so well still love me?"— Presentation transcript:
REFLECTION : ) Can the parents who knows me, and all my faults and shortcomings, still love me? Can God who knows me so well still love me?
HOW CAN WE KNOW GOD? REVELATION, INSPIRATION, AND VOCATION
REVELATION - (THINK ABOUT REVEALING ONESELF TO ANOTHER PERSON) What should teens safely reveal about themselves on the Internet, specifically social media sites?
INSPIRATION – IN THE SENSE OF AN ENERGY TO CREATE THAT SEEMS TO COME FROM OUTSIDE ONESELF What people, events, truths or beliefs inspire you? What do they inspire you to do?
VOCATION – THE SENSE OF INVOLVEMENT IN A PARTICULAR LINE OF WORK What is a liberal arts education? What is vocational or technical training? How do theses options prepare a person for a career compared with how a liberal arts education prepares a person?
DISCUSSION QUESTION Think about the following question: How can I come to know God? If I wanted to know God, how could I start? How do Revelation and Inspiration to the Bible? Revelation is the way that God makes himself know to us Inspiration is assistance from the Holy Spirit
HOMEWORK DUE B DAY 11/5 AND A DAY 11/6 Read Articles 1-4 pages 11-19 Answer all questions on page 20 Read Articles 5-8 pages 22-32 Answer all questions on page 32
PLEASE DO THE FOLLOWING Come in quietly Bag on floor Laptop out turn in your Field of Dreams reflection questions Submit via turnitin.com Be Ready for pray PRAYER Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
HOW DO PEOPLE COME TO KNOW GOD OR SEARCH HIM OUT? God invites us into a relationship We are invited to share the grace of His saving love God wants to know, love and hold us Some people find God in their pursuit of happiness or in the emptiness they feel without something ultimate in their lives Happiness and truth can only be found when we live “in communion with God” CCC45 God is “our first origin and original happiness” (CCC 229) Jesus provides a framework for happiness through his life, teachings, death and Ressurection
The Bible can lead us to know God Revelation comes from a Latin word meaning “to unveil or disclose” Divine Inspiration is the divine assistance the Holy Spirit gave the authors of the Bible so they could write in human words the salvation message God wanted to tell us The Bible is the Revelation of God, each writer was inspired and understood God’s will and message differently God’s Covenant is the reason God reveals himself to each of the characters and calls them, it is the reason they choose to follow God’s will
Other people encounter God through LOVE AKA “caritas” Latin for charity Human beings share a capacity and desire to love God is love, true love will ultimately be from him St. Augustine of Hippo states that there are 4 objects we should love God deserves love above all created things Love of God and neighbor are inseparable Self-love is the realization that God is imprinted on our hearts waiting, wanting to to be displayed to the world in a beautiful and magnificent way Our bodies are one of God’s great artistic masterpieces
PEOPLE COME TO GOD THROUGH THE BEAUTY OF CREATION Natural Revelation – through creation and reason, we can come to know God – we can logically and reasonably deduce the existence of God through the natural order God shapes all living things as a sign and symbol of his desire to be know through his magnificent universe God’s self-communication and disclosure to humankind are in creation Fathers of the Church say that the universe provides visible evidence of God’s existence Nothing created by God, “even the tiniest insect,” is insignificant, says St. Augustine
SOME PEOPLE COME TO, OR AT LEAST ARTICULATE THEIR BELIEF, IN GOD Through the use of our minds, we could logically develop “converging and convincing arguments” (CCC, 31) to attain truth and certainty about God and the human experience
ST THOMAS AQUINAS’S 5 INTELLECTUAL PROOFS 1. First Mover – universe constantly moving – needed a “First Mover” who set everything in motion 2. Causality or First Efficient Cause – all things are caused by something else – the uncaused First Cause is God 3. Theory of Contingency - things come into existence because of something else – the Necessary Being is one who creates but is not created