according to Scripture or Tradition. When Christ presented the apostles with the Great Commission they had no intention of writing down what the Lord had taught them. It is a joy to read happy thoughts, to reflect on joy and goodness. Man, Catholic theology teaches, possesses the requisite faculties to discover the natural law. There are those who have challenged many Catholics to provide biblical references to some of the teachings of the Catholic church. Its antagonists may be divided into two classes according to the different standpoints from which they direct their attack, viz: (1) Rationalists (under this class we include both Deist and Agnostic writers). All of these are very wonderful. God may see fit to employ supernatural means to affirm truths, the discovery of which is not per se beyond the powers of reason. One such is found in the beneficent effects of the doctrine and in its power to meet even the highest aspirations which man can frame. miracles and prophecy, in order that they might be believed. "Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.". A conception is only contrary to reason when the mind can recognize that its elements are mutually exclusive, and therefore involve a contradiction in terms. (2) Immanentists. God entered into a covenant with Abraham and made a great nation that is as numerous as the stars in the sky. This means that problems or questions about true faith and morals must be solved by resorting to these three basic sources. 5, n. What else was life all about? The Roman Catholic Church, through her teaching arm, at the Second Vatican Council also defined what is meant by revelation: Constitution on Divine Revelation , No. ii). God revealed Himself to man gradually. Accordingly, the Catholic Church reveres the OT and includes all the books in her own Bible. The writers who made Divine Revelation known worked under direct Cardinal Franzelin in his “De Divina Traditione et Scriptura” (pt. To subscribe to Catholic Dossier call 1-800-651-1531. This happens by God revealing himself in His creation, the patriarchs and prophets of the Old Testament, and finally through Christ Himself and the teaching of the Apostles. God sent his son to tell the people about God’s love and how He works. Likewise, to reveal himself to humanity, God speaks to them with human utterances. This is a criterion which has often been applied with great force on behalf of the claims of the Catholic Church to be the sole guardian of God‘s Revelation. In accordance with Tradition, the Fathers of the Council say they intend to set forth the true doctrine on divine revelation and its transmission. —The fact that Revelation is not merely possible but morally necessary is in itself a strong argument for the existence of a revelation, and imposes on all men the strict obligation of examining the credentials of a religion which presents itself with prima facie marks of truth. to St. Bernadette. Sign up if you would like to receive occasional treats from us. It is freely asserted that a mystery is something repugnant to reason, and therefore something intrinsically impossible. Looking back on salvation history we can clearly see the plan of God from the beginning. We will now look deeper at the Old and New Testament which make up the written part of the tradition. The English title is The Interpretation of the Bible in the Catholic Church. composing the Old Testament. While some people find it very startling to see stories of violence these stories show the mercy of God. Helped by the Holy Spirit, they wrote down what they remembered and what they had preached for a number of years, or they wrote down the testimony of others who were eye witnesses. In addition to the Gospels we have other books in the New Testament such as the writings of Saint Paul. So the whole OT is a preparation for the Redeemer who is the God-man, Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem about 1700 years after the time of Abraham. The church has taught from the beginning that the scriptures are the word of God. Jesus spoke about divine revelation in the gospel today too, that: Pope Francis encouraged all of us to carry a copy of the gospels in our pocket, for that very reason. God revealed himself through words and deeds as the one true living God (Dei Verbum, para 14). These four documents, along with the Dogmatic Constitution on Revelation, will give the reader a good overview of Church teaching during the past hundred years on questions relating to divine Revelation and its interpretation. They were jealously guarded by the The theory, though less scholastic in its form than that of Franzelin, is in perfect conformity with orthodox belief. Keep up the good work and God bless. Thus, this sacred Tradition and the sacred Scriptures are like a mirror, in which the Church, during its pilgrim journey here on earth, contemplates God (#7). As a result when Adam and Eve fell He set forth a plan for redemption instead of destroying them and starting over. There is only one source of revelation, namely, God the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the Holy Spirit. Hello! The truth of the teaching of the council regarding external criteria is plain to any unprejudiced mind. Things turned out so profoundly well for Job. REVELATION. Newman no less than his Jesuit contemporary teaches that the whole doctrine, alike in its later as in its earlier forms, was contained in the original revelation given to the Church by Our Lord and His Apostles, and that its identity is guaranteed to us by the infallible magisterium of the Church. But even those who repudiate pantheism, in place of the personal God, Ruler, and Judge of the world, whom Christianity teaches, substitute the vague notion of the “Spirit” immanent in all men, and regard all religious creeds as the attempts of the human soul to find expression for its inward experience. It can hardly be questioned that the “autonomy of reason” furnishes the main source of the difficulties at present felt against Revelation in the Christian sense. The Holy Spirit also reveals things to those who are far from God, in His own time, and in His own fine fashion. For this reason the Church encourages and promotes good translations in the modern languages which should be based on the original Hebrew and Greek texts; she holds in high regard the Greek Septuagint version of the OT, and the Latin Vulgate edition which was produced by St. Jerome in the 4th century. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. The Council thus takes a position here that there are not two sources of revelation, but only one Tradition and Scripture together. 53 The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously "by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each other" 4 and shed light on each another. He does it by deeds and words in the history of salvation as recorded in the OT and in the NT. 1:16). —Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by God to a rational creature through means which are beyond the ordinary course of nature. There is growth in the understanding of the faith, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, which takes place through reflection on God's Word by saints and bishops and theologians.