Even though I was confirmed when I was a little boy, now as as a husband and father of 4 kids, I have re-discover the abundant riches of my Catholic faith. I'm not afraid, nor embarrased to proclaim that Jesus is present in his Church, who He is constantly invigorating and renewing through his sacraments and inspiring us with the merits and virtous lives of the saints.
Scott Hahn explains how in the Economy of God, the natural (the Creation) and supernatural (the Revelation) are completed in the death, resurrection of Jesus and in the institution of the Church, his bride and sacrament of salvation for the world.
I listened it completely when I downloaded it and now I am studying it, following the cited verses the Catholic Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
I would recommend it to anyone who is seriouly searching for the roots of their Christian faith. "Reasons to Believe" unbiased and scientific approach with lead you to discover and help you embrace the Church the Scott and I are proud to profess.
The authenticity and tenacity of the author to conduct a deep research.
When his colleagues brought out to discussion if the baptism of infants was unbiblical, to which he questioned: is re-baptizing biblical? Jesus said "Let the children come to me..." Mat. 19, 14. In Pentecost, Peter testimony converted many asking them to "repent and be baptized all of you..." Acts 2, 38-39.
Scott found out that indeed the baptism of infants was an ancient custom in the Church.
After all, if God welcomed newborns into Israel by means of circumcision rituals, for 2000 years, why would he suddenly close the kingdom to babies because they could not understand ritual baptism? And if he had intended doing such a radical change, wouldn’t he said so explicitly?
Baptize into Christ, we are partakers fo the divine nature. Whe share in the divine sonship of Christ. This is the esence of salvation and the substance of Catholicism.
Yes, when he compares the Church as one big family:
We have the Father, we have our Mother, Mary, our brother and Saviour, Jesus, our brothers and sisters in faith, and gathered at Table to receive the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world".
becoming a Christian is more than a feeling or belonging to a new evangelical movement, even when the worship services might be electriying, singing with much exaltation, and the pastor's preaching very energetic...
It about belonging to the only Church Jesus founded, the one he calls "my Bride" and has all the means for sanctification and the fullness of truth.
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