Seek and You Shall Find: Questions on the Christian Faith and the Bible
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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Is the soul immortal?
If everything God created is good why is there death?
Why do we ask God for things if God knows everything and loves us?
What is the relationship between Gods will and our desires?
Is it possible to remain in the spirit of praise?
What was the role of singing in the prayer of the first Christians?
Why do we pray to Jesus and not just to God?
What can we know about Jesus prayer?
What does it mean to enter the Kingdom of God?
Why did Jesus speak of the Kingdom of God only in parables?
Why did Jesus begin his teaching with the Beatitudes?
Is poverty a Gospel value?
Why does Jesus call the commandment to love one another a new commandment?
Why is love of enemies so central to the Gospel?
Does St John avoid speaking about loving our enemies?
Death and Resurrection
Why did Christ have to suffer?
Why did an instrument of death become the symbol of Christianity?
What enabled the disciples to understand the meaning of the cross?
Can the suffering of an innocent person save us?
Why was it so hard for the disciples to recognize the Risen Christ?
If Jesus is risen why do Christians still speak so much about his death?
Why do we speak of the resurrection of the body?
Spirit Soul Death
Is the Holy Spirit an energy or a person?
What does receiving the Holy Spirit change?
Can we feel the presence of the Holy Spirit?
What does the Bible mean by the soul?
Lead us not into temptation?
The Bible and the Church
What can we get from reading the Bible?
How should we approach the Bible?
What can we do about differing interpretations of the Bible?
Why belong to the Church if God gives his love to everybody?
Can I live my own faith outside of the institutional Church?
What is the relationship between the Kingdom of God and the Church?
Sin and Forgiveness
What is original sin?
Does God always forgive?
Does God punish?
Should we regret our sins?
What role does repentance play in Christian life?
Is it always possible to forgive others?
Does forgiving run the risk of tolerating or justifying evil?
In the Steps of Christ
Do we have to leave everything behind to follow Christ?
What should we do when Christ seems to be calling us but we are not sure that we can respond?
What is the importance of the commandments in our relationship with God?
What is a sacrifice?
How can we make our lives a sacrifice?
Should believers try to distance themselves from society or to adapt?
Joy Peace Hope
Is joy possible when misfortune injustice and violence exist?
What is the value of joy? Is it useful?
Who are the peacemakers Jesus praises in the Gospel?
How can we persevere in the hope for peace?
What is the source of Christian hope?
Does the Gospel promise us a better future?
How can we root our lives in Christian hope?
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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?