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Spirit of Truth, High School

Course I


1How Do We Know About God?

Human beings yearn for the infinite. We yearn for something outside ourselves and for the divine. If we pay attention and look closely, we do not have to try very hard to find God. We will discover that He is searching for us and has left us clues to help us encounter Him. Throughout human history God has been active and has revealed Himself to us in a variety of ways.

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2What Is Sacred Scripture

We can know God because he revealed Himself to us. Alongside Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture is one of the primary accounts of this divine revelation. More than just human accounts of divine action, the books of Sacred Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit. Sacred Scripture, therefore, is God Himself telling us about His direct actions in history and explaining what those actions mean. In addition to these historical accounts, the Scriptures also contain inspired theological and moral writings, through which God tells us about Himself and about his relationship with us.

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3Interpreting Scripture

The human authors of scripture wrote using different writing styles and tried to communicate different ideas with their writing. Thankfully, in her wisdom, the Catholic Church has given guidance to ensure that our interpretation of scripture does not stray from the truth.

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4Overview of the Bible

The Bible is organized into two parts: the Old Testament and the the New Testament. Both are essential to each other and to our Christian faith. Scripture contains the story of our salvation, God's actions in human history.

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5The Gospels

The four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, hold a place of Primacy among the Scriptures. They are our primary source of knowledge about Jesus Christ. In the Gospels, we truly meet Jesus. Together, they are a reliable historical and theological resource not simply for knowledge of Christ, but for encountering Christ as He is and hearing His Word spoken to us, living and effective, as an invitation to enter the Kingdom of God.

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