4. I believe in god, the father almighty

  Introduction

    The first words that we pray in the Creed are: "I believe in God, the Father Almighty" (Apostles Creed) or "I believe in one God, the Father Almighty" (Nicene creed). Our profession of Christian faith starts with God because he is the first and the last, the beginning and the end of everything. It begins with "God, the Father" because he is the first person of the Holy Trinity.

    With his divine providence, God takes care of all things, but especially of man. He is our heavenly father and we are his children. To remember him constantly, he taught us to pray: "Our Father, who art in heaven" (Matthew 6,9). It is a wonderful Christian truth that must delight us.

    Let's see who is God, the heavenly father.

  A. Choose one of the following options and answer:

 The profession of Christian faith starts with

 God is the first and the

 The first person of the holy Trinity is the

 God takes care of all things with his






 

Main ideas

1. I believe in one God

    This is the great and absolute truth: God is one and unique. Yahweh revealed it to Israel: "Listen, Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord, you shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strenght" (Deuteronomy 6,4-5 ). The faith in one God makes us to believe in him as our first beginning and our last end; we have to choose him above everything. The revelation of Jesus Christ will complet the revelation of the Old Testament and by the teaching of Jesus, we know that the unique God exists in three divine entities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

2. The Name of God

    As Moses continued to watch, amazingly the bush kept on burning at Mount Horeb, God revealed his name: "I am who I am" (Exodus 3:14). Yahweh, that is, God is "of himself" without depending on anybody. He is the beginning, the essence, the origin, the cause and the source of everything. He is sovereign and supreme being, He is God.

    At other times, God is revealed as rich in love and in faithfulness. With his kindness, goodness, and love, he seeks to attract the man. We can say that God is a spiritual, eternal and merciful being. He is virtuous, omnipotent, wise and fair; the being par excellence and the supreme love. Jesus Christ revealed the content of this name with a new sense: God, the Father.

  B. Choose one of the following options and answer:

 How many gods are there?

 How many divine entities are there?

 Who looked at the burning bush?

 The burning bush was on the Mount

 I am who I am is equal to

 God is the origin and the cause of everything

 God depends on Yahweh

 God is revealed as rich in love and in


3. God, the Father

    The affirmation of the divine fatherhood is the first article of the Creed and the confession of faith starts in the Trinitarian mystery. The creed is the confession of the mystery of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. One God and one essence in three different entities. Following the confession of the triune God, it is also proclaimed the mystery of the Incarnation made by the Son of God to redeem men, and the mystery of sanctification, attributed to the Holy Spirit.

4. God, the Father Almighty

   Of the many perfections that we can note in God, the creed reminds us the omnipotence, since it is about the creation which is work of the power and is attributed to the Father. But the Son and the Holy Spirit are also omnipotent, since the divine essence is unique and the three entities are equal in perfection.

    It is necessary the confession of God's omnipotence because the man often deals with the proof of the faith by the sorrow and the evil, which we do not understand and it is hard to accept. But God is God, omnipotent and merciful, and he is close to help us with his Providence.

5. The Our Father

    The revelation of the divine fatherhood in the mystery of the Trinity helps us to understand that God is our Father. The Lord said his disciples: "You should pray like this: Our Father" (Matthew 6.9). And this story goes around the New Testament. It is evident that the filiation of the Son of God and ours are different. Jesus is the son of God by nature and we are by adoption thanks to the supernatural grace that we received in baptism.


Catechesis Course. Mister Jaime Pujol Balcells and Mister Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the author's permission.


  C. Choose one of the following options and answer

 God is one because there is only one

 But we distinguish three

 Therefore, we say that God is

 Redemption is attributed to

 The sanctification of men is attributed to

 The creation of the world is attributed to

 The three entities are equal in perfection

 The Father is omnipotent by the creation

 Jesus is son of God by

 We are sons of God by


  Catechism's question

1. How many gods are there?  There is only one God.

2. Why we say "I believe in God, the Father"?  We say that because the only true God exists in three entities: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

3. What "God, the Father Almighty" means?  It means that nothing is impossible for God and he always acts as father.

4. What is the name of God?  God means pure spirit, truth and love, beginning and end; but the name that Jesus Christ revealed to us with a new sense is "God, the Father."

5. Where is God? He is in heaven, on earth and everywhere.

6. Is God our Father?  By the grace of baptism, we are his adopted sons. God is our Father.

  D. Select the button of the correct answer that are below:


 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS

 How many gods are there?

 Why do we say: I believe in God, the Father?

 What God, the Father "Almighty" means?

 What is God's Name?

 Where is God?

 Is God our Father?


 POSSIBLE ANSWERS

 A

 Because the only true God exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit

 B

 God means perfect pure spirit, truth and love, origin and end of all; but the name Jesus Christ revealed to us with a new sense is "God, the Father."

 C

 By the grace we received in baptism, we are his adopted son, God is our Father.

 D

 By his infinite wisdom and goodness, nothing is impossible for him and he always acts as Father.

 E

 In heaven, on earth and everywhere.

 F

There is only one true God.


  Purposes of Christian life

- Make an act of adoration: God, the Almighty; I adore and bless you.

- Pray the Lord's Prayer slowly, understanding what it is said.

- Treat other people thinking that they are God's sons.



 
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