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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship CHAPTER 1 – The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship INTRODUCTION Genesis tells the story of creation and of God’s special friendship with humanity Of all God’s creatures, only humans were created in God’s image and likeness, able to know and love God and share in his divine life God created the world to serve human beings
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship THE NEED FOR A REDEEMER God entrusted his creation to Adam and Eve, but their sinful disobedience, which we call Original Sin , introduced evil, suffering, and death into the world Because of Original Sin, humanity needed a Redeemer in order to be reconciled with God God did not abandon Adam and Eve but introduced a new plan of redemption to restore their friendship with Him
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship WHAT CATHOLICS BELIEVE ABOUT THE BIBLE Catholics revere Scripture as the Word of God “The Church has always venerated the divine Scriptures as she venerated the Body of the Lord: both nourish and govern the whole Christian life” (CCC 141) The 73 books of the Bible tell the story of salvation history , how God’s plan to save men and women has unfolded throughout history
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship INSPIRED AND INERRANT The Holy Spirit is the principal Author of Scripture, while the human writers ( hagiographers ) were the instruments he chose to reveal himself to his people The Bible is inspired because God guided its authors to write what he wanted and nothing more The Bible is inerrant because its principal Author, God, can neither deceive nor be deceived
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship GOD’S VIEW OF HISTORY To the sacred authors, the most important aspect about history is what it tells us about God’s saving relationship with his people Most of the important characters in Bible history are ordinary people—but they carried God’s message, and that made them more truly important than the people who appear important in the world’s eyes
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship THE LITERAL AND SPIRITUAL SENSES OF THE BIBLE The Bible can be interpreted in two broad senses: literal and spiritual The literal sense of the Bible is what the author intended to express directly The spiritual sense is the meaning expressed by a passage when read under the influence of the Holy Spirit in light of the mystery of Christ
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CHAPTER 1 - The Mystery of Redemption and Christian Discipleship LITERAL, NOT LITERALISTIC A person must take into account the genre and historical context of a biblical passage in order to determine its literal sense Failure to take into account genre and context can lead to false, literalistic interpretations that differ from the author’s intent
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