|The Foundations of Faith:||Seminar 3|
From the times of Abraham God was revealing Himself to Israelites through prophets. Our sacred scriptures are the product of this revelation. The jewish scriptures which make up the books of the Old Testament were originally passed on from generation to generation as a collection of Aramaic scrolls and eventually written in Hebrew. The gospels of the New Testament were originally written in Greek at about 70 A.D.(Ano Domini - years of our Lord). The BIBLE is a compilation of many sacred scriptures inspired by GOD and written in the span of about 1500 years. The BIBLE of today, was compiled and translated into Latin by St. Jerome in about 404 A.D.
The TORAH (5 Books of Moses) is the first 5 books in the BIBLE. It is also referred to as the Pentateuch - five containers
They provide the details of the covenant between God and His people - "The Laws of Moses"
The Historical Books
Reveal the history of Israelites and their struggle to live with God's commandments. If they succeeded, God had them live in peace and prosperity. However, once they failed, God punished them with wars and oppression by other nations.
The Wisdom Writings
Teach us the practical ways to live God's law. Most of the wisdom books are written by distinguished and wise men of the times, not by prophets.
The Prophetic Books
God has chosen His messengers among certain individuals to convey His messages to people. Interestingly, almost all ancient prophets do speak of a coming messiah who would rule with righteousness. Today, we know that this messiah is Jesus Christ. We also know, that this rule would not refer to His rule on Earth, but that in the spiritual world.
The NEW TESTAMENT comprises of 27 books. It speaks to us about the works and teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles.
The Gospels (the Good News)
The Acts of the Apostles
Describe the works of Jesus' apostles after His crucifixion and the beginnings of the Church.
The Epistles (letters of the apostles)
Comprise of the letters of the apostles to different Church communities. They are based upon the understanding of Jesus' teachings by each individual apostle.
The Book of Revelation
The last book of the New Testament and
the Bible. It is based on the prophecy given to John and speaks of the
end times before the 2nd coming of Jesus. Today, we live in
While iterpreting the scriptures, it is important to realize the limitations and constrains of individual prophets receiving messages from Heaven. They too were just humans, not GOD. Particularly important is to realize the context within which such message was intended. Thus we have to ask:
Finally, but not less importantly; in His scriptures God heavily uses symbolic stories, symbolic meanings and imagery. Thus BIBLE is NOT to be interpreted literally word by word as regrettably often is done.
- as we saw earlier, through Scriptures like Jewish scrolls (Bible) and Qu'ran
- directly through Prophets
- teachings of Jesus Christ
- through later-day visionaries and prophets (apparitions of Jesus, Mary and other saints or angels).
- private revelations
- events in our lives
Regrettably, to their own demise, some
people tried abusing this fact by posing as false prophets. This is not
helpful to God's case and will have severe repercussions. During investigations
commissioned by the Vatican it was revealed by the Church investigators
that only about 60% of claimed apparitions are genuine. However, people
would know that the prophet or visionary was genuine because of certain
signs accompanying his/her prophesy:
During the later Christian era, and especially during the past 200 years, numerous apparitions of Jesus and Mary were documented. Such apparitions have always taken place for a reason. One very important of such apparitions was the apparition of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal in 1917.
Our Lady of Fatima
During her apparitions she asked for the
"reparation for the sins of humanity", and for the "devotion to her Immaculate
Heart". Throughout her
apparitions three things stood out repeatedly:
request for prayers need for our conversion need for our sacrifices
When asked by the visionary, a 10 years old Lucia to heal some people in the crowd, Mary responded: "some would be cured, others not", and "If they would be converted, they would be healed". She also said: "It is necessary to ammend our lives and ask pardon for our sins". She concluded her apparitions with the statement: "Offend Our Lord GOD no more, for He is already much offended".
Now, does this sound like GOD is happy with us, christians? Do you think we would all be saved?
As far as the timing of the apparitions
of our Lady, and the miracle of the sun in Fatima, they are not coincidental.
The miracle took place on October 13th, 1917. The Russian "Great October
Revolution" culminated on October 25th, 1917 when Bolshevics stormed
governmental buildings in several Russian cities and the Winter Palace
in St. Petersburg.
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