Hot Topics / YouCat discussion 9th February Summary

We covered a great deal in the last session so apologies now for my difficulties keeping up…!

Hopefully of interest…….

6. Can we grasp God at all in concepts? Is it possible to speak about him meaningfully.
We talked about God as mystery, that just as we can never totally another person, neither can we fully expect to know God.

Chapter Two: God Approaches Us Men
7. Why did God have to show himself in order for us to know what he is like.
… That just as we choose to reveal ourselves to others, God chose and continues to choose to reveal himself to us. The more important and intimate the relationship, the more one typically reveals their self. God revealed himself uniquely in the Trinity.

8. How does God reveal himself in the Old Testament?
… Through the Trinity, that just as this unity is built on a dependency relationship, so is the call to relationship with God Himself.

… Through various covenants such as with Noah, King David, Isaac.
We looked particularly at King David, 2 Samuel 7 12-16.
Fr Michael highlighted that David held the first covenant with God, in the significance of his kingship. He was the first in a long line of kings, Jesus Himself coming from the line of David and being the most significant kingly descendant. That each 1st born in this line of descent was killed by the sword, again,as was Jesus Himself pierced by the sword, thereby fulfilling this covenant.

9. What does God show us about himself when he sends his Son to us?
….sorry, no notes taken!

10. With Jesus Christ, has everything been said or does revelation continue after him.
…. Fr Michael gave us a very interesting insight into the Book of Revelation. That due to the threat to the underground early Christian church, this book is effectively written in code,hence often misunderstood without appreciation of the coded meaning. Particular Numbers were significant in making a statement in themselves, 1,3, 12…

11. Why do we hand on the faith?
…notes not taken, sorry!

12. How can we tell what belongs to the true faith?
13. Can the Church err in questions of faith?

…Without separating these 2 questions out, we talked about how the tradition of the Church is to take a great deal of time, prayer and collaboration before responding to matters of faith. That even the theology of The Trinity wasn’t established until 325 AD, with time required to digest.

We talked about how the Church was required to think through the wide ranging implications of an issue before it is able to respond. That the thinking behind a question of ethics often needed to be teased out if not obvious on the face of matters.

14. Is Sacred Scripture true?
15. How can Sacred Scripture be “truth” if not everything in it is right?
… Fr Michael provided a very brief but enlightening understanding on how the bible came to be written down, with Paul being first to write about Jesus. Fr Michael has kindly offered to speak again on this matter/ provide a summary for information.
… We talked about the necessary compatibility and dependency of faith & science.

16. What is the right way to read the Bible.
….. The fear of misinterpretation until relatively recent years, also that of illiteracy. Fr Michael provided an interesting example of Thomas A Kempis, who is one of the Church’s most reverend Theologians but denied rightful Sainthood because of fear of his theology being taken literary.

Many thanks to Teresa for huge prep before hand in taking us through!!!

Hope to see you for more on Thursday.

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