1. The end of man: glory, know and love God.
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  Introduction

   When we are born we are part of a family that gives us name and last name; in that family we are born, grow up and develop our natural abilities. The baptism produces us a second birth (this time to the supernatural life of grace) makes us Christians and introduces us to the great family of the Church. We are the baptized and we call ourselves Christians. That is our name. Like the first disciples of Christ: Peter, James, John ..., we are also Disciples of Christ.

    Just as we are proud to belong to our family where we should also be proud to belong to the family of the Church. The Church teaches us many things, which are also the most important, the only truly important.

  A. Select an answer: family, church, Christianity

• We are born and grow in a  
• When we are baptized, we enter in the  
• The baptized people are called  
• The first birth is in the  
• The second birth is in the  

  Main ideas

   1. What are we on earth?

    Some people wonder why they are on earth, why they were born and no one has explained it. Christians (followers of Jesus Christ) are lucky to know these things. Jesus Christ preached them and the Church also teaches them. The doctrine of Jesus Christ or Christian doctrine answers the fundamental questions.

    And the fundamental questions that men wonder are: where I come from? Who I am? Where I am going? And why do I exist?

    2. Where we come from?

    Christian doctrine says that God freely created men to have part in heaven, I mean in their own happiness. Men are created by God with the cooperation of their parents.

    So “we come from God”.

    3. Who we are?

    God not only created men, but is with them at all times and places. God call and help them to look for him. He want that they know and love him. We know that we are created in the image and likeness of God, and through baptism Christians become adopted children of God, heirs of his glory. Therefore, if somebody asks us: who we are? The answer is clear: I am the son of God.

    4. Where are we going?

    God created men to express and communicate his goodness and love, so that they can know and love Him more and more and so freely serve him in this life, enjoying in the future with him forever in heaven. If we are asked: where we are going? The answer is also clear: we are going to the heaven. If we do not achieve this goal, our life would be a failure.

    5. Why does the man exist?

    Now we can more explicitly respond to this question that man asks: why do I exist? And we have to say: in order to glory God, I mean, to show the kindness and love of the Creator. God loves man very much and the man has to respond by loving God. That is the happiness of man.

  B. • What question relates these claims? where we come from? who we are? Where are we going? and why do we exist?

• With baptism we are adopted children of God

 
• We exist to glorify God
 
• God and our father have created us
 
• The final goal is to go to heaven
 
• We are to show the kindness and love of God
 
• We are created in God's image  
• God freely created man
 
• We seek eternal happiness
 

   6. We need to know about the Christian doctrine

    We need to know the teachings of Jesus Christ, since he is our God, our model. His teachings show us the way to know and love God, to be happy on this earth and then eternally in the other. Here is a summary of Christian doctrine.

   7. The main parts of the Christian doctrine

    The first things that we need to know are the truths of our faith: who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? Who created the world? Who is the Holy Spirit? Who is the Virgin? Why Christ founded the Church? What is the reward and punishment that awaits us? And so on. These are things that we know when we studied the SYMBOL OF FAITH or the CREED.

    If we want to know how our Christian faith is celebrated? How we become Christians? How we reach the forgiveness of God? How God helps us to overcome the difficulties that we find? ... We learn these things when we study THE LITURGY AND THE SACRAMENTS.

    We also need to know what God wants we make to be happy and make others happy and go to heaven and how to live in Christ. We know it when we study CHRISTIAN MORALITY in THE COMMANDMENTS.

    I have to know the meaning and the importance of prayer in our lives. For that reason the fourth part studies PRAYER IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.

    Catechesis Course. Jaime Jesús Pujol Balcells and Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors.


  C. Choose one of the parts of Christian doctrine: creed, sacraments, commandments, prayer to speak and treat God

• To speak and treat God

 
• Knowing who are Jesus Christ and the Virgin
 
• Knowing how we become Christians
 
• What we have to do to in the heaven?
 
• What is the reward or punishment that awaits us?
 

• How to achieve God's forgiveness?

 
• What to do to be happy?
 

  Questions of catechisms

1. Why did God create men?  God created men to express and communicate his goodness and love, so that they can know and love him more and more and freely serve him in this life, enjoying then with him forever in heaven.

2. What does mean Christian?  Christian means disciple of Christ, our Savior.

3. Who is a good Christian?  Good Christian is the disciple of Christ who believes in his doctrine and practices it.

4. What should the Christian know?  The Christian must know the Christian doctrine.

5. What is the Christian doctrine?  The Christian doctrine was preached by Jesus Christ in order to show us the way to heaven.

6. What parts can be distinguished in the study of Christian doctrine?  In the study of Christian doctrine can distinguish four parts: the faith that is professed in the Creed, the faith which is celebrated in the sacraments, the faith that is lived in the commandments and the faith that is expressed in prayer.

  D. Choose the correct answer and write the corresponding letter next to the question. The possible answers (A, B, C, D, E, or F? are down

 QUESTIONS  ANSWERS
 Why did God create man?
 
 What does Christian mean?
 
 Who is a good Christian?
 
 What should the Christian know?
 
 What is the Christian doctrine?
 
 What parts can be distinguished in the Christian doctrine?
 

 POSSIBLE ANSWERS
 A
 Disciple of Christ.
 B
 Disciple of Christ who believes in his doctrine and practices it.
 C
 In order to express and communicate his goodness and love, so they can know and love him more and more and freely serve him in this life, enjoying then with him forever in heaven.
 D
 Four parts: the faith that is professed in the Creed, the faith which is celebrated in the sacraments, the faith that is lived in the commandments and the faith that is expressed in prayer.
 E
 What The Lord Jesus Christ preached to teach us the way to heaven.
 F
 Christian doctrine.

  Purposes of Christian life

- Insist on knowing and practice well the Christian doctrine.

- Make the sign of the cross (the sign of a Christian) when we get up and go to bed.



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