Seek and You Shall Find: Questions on the Christian Faith and the Bible

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GIA Publications, 2006 - 146 pagini
Short meditations about the nature of God are offered as answers to questions such as Why do we call God "Father"? Is God a judge?and What does it mean to believe? The answers emphasize the human longing for a meaningful life and offer starting points for further investigation in Bible passages with  commentary on the Resurrection and Jesus's message of love and forgiveness.

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Cuprins

Is the soul immortal?
79
If everything God created is good why is there death?
80
Prayer
83
Why do we ask God for things if God knows everything and loves us?
84
What is the relationship between Gods will and our desires?
85
Is it possible to remain in the spirit of praise?
87
What was the role of singing in the prayer of the first Christians?
89
Why do we pray to Jesus and not just to God?
90

Does God intervene in events?
22
Does God change us?
23
What does the Bible mean by speaking of a covenant?
24
What does the Bible mean by the will of God?
27
Is God just?
29
What is Gods attitude toward the suffering of the innocent?
30
Jesus Identity
35
What does it mean to say that Jesus is the Son of God?
36
Why did Jesus sometimes use the expression Son of man to speak of himself?
37
Why did Jesus perform miracles?
39
What do Jesus words I am the Way mean?
40
What can we know about Jesus prayer?
41
Jesus Message
45
What does it mean to enter the Kingdom of God?
46
Why did Jesus speak of the Kingdom of God only in parables?
47
Why did Jesus begin his teaching with the Beatitudes?
48
Is poverty a Gospel value?
50
Why does Jesus call the commandment to love one another a new commandment?
52
Why is love of enemies so central to the Gospel?
53
Does St John avoid speaking about loving our enemies?
55
Death and Resurrection
57
Why did Christ have to suffer?
58
Why did an instrument of death become the symbol of Christianity?
59
What enabled the disciples to understand the meaning of the cross?
61
Can the suffering of an innocent person save us?
63
Why was it so hard for the disciples to recognize the Risen Christ?
65
If Jesus is risen why do Christians still speak so much about his death?
67
Why do we speak of the resurrection of the body?
69
Spirit Soul Death
73
Is the Holy Spirit an energy or a person?
74
What does receiving the Holy Spirit change?
75
Can we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit?
76
What does the Bible mean by the soul?
77
Lead us not into temptation?
91
The Bible and the Church
95
What can we get from reading the Bible?
96
How should we approach the Bible?
97
What can we do about differing interpretations of the Bible?
99
Why belong to the Church if God gives his love to everybody?
100
Can I live my own faith outside of the institutional Church?
102
What is the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the Church?
104
Sin and Forgiveness
109
What is original sin?
110
Does God always forgive?
111
Does God punish?
113
Should we regret our sins?
116
What role does repentance play in Christian life?
117
Is it always possible to forgive others?
119
Does forgiving run the risk of tolerating or justifying evil?
121
In the Steps of Christ
123
Do we have to leave everything behind to follow Christ?
124
What should we do when Christ seems to be calling us but we are not sure that we can respond?
125
What is the importance of the commandments in our relationship with God?
127
What is a sacrifice?
128
How can we make our lives a sacrifice?
130
Should believers try to distance themselves from society or to adapt?
131
Joy Peace Hope
135
Is joy possible when misfortune injustice and violence exist?
136
What is the value of joy? Is it useful?
137
Who are the peacemakers Jesus praises in the Gospel?
139
How can we persevere in the hope for peace?
140
What is the source of Christian hope?
141
Does the Gospel promise us a better future?
143
How can we root our lives in Christian hope?
144
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Pasaje populare

Pagina 60 - Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
Pagina 74 - The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.
Pagina 52 - I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
Pagina 14 - But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.
Pagina 132 - Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Pagina 86 - No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Pagina 36 - All things have been delivered to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son but the Father, nor does any one know the Father but the Son and he to whom the Son may choose to reveal him.
Pagina 128 - Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?' 'Why do you ask me about what is good?

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