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What is this picture of? <br />How can you tell?<br />Who painted this?<br />male or female?<br />race?<br />religious affiliation<br />For whom was this picture painted?<br />If you had to give this painting a title, what would it be?<br />
God in a Secular World<br />WhatWeBelieve<br />HowThoseBeliefs are UnderAttack<br />
What do Catholics say about God?<br />God exists.<br />God has always existed.<br />God will always exist.<br />God is infinite.<br />There is only one, true God.<br />God is omnipotent and omniscient.<br />God is good and just.<br />God is sole creator of the world and everything in it. <br />All creation exists because God willed it.<br />
What do Catholics Believe?<br />Catholic beliefs are summarized in the Apostles or Nicene Creeds.<br />A creed is a statement of belief—usually religious belief or faith—often recited as part of a religious service. <br />The word derives from the Latin: credo for "I believe”.<br />The Nicene Creed was written in 325 at the First Council of Nicaea. It was revised in 381.<br />
The Emperor Constantine and the Fathers of the First Council of Nicaea <br />
12 Parts of the Nicene Creed<br />1. We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.<br />2. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made.<br />3. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and became man.<br />4. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.<br />5. On the third day he rose again in fulfillment of the Scriptures;<br />6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.<br />
12 Parts of the Nicene Creed<br />7. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.<br />8. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. <br />9. We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.<br />10. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. <br />11. We look for the resurrection of the dead,<br />12. and the life of the world to come. Amen.<br />
The Nicene and Apostles Creeds contains one of the most fundamental doctrines in all of Catholicism – the Trinity.<br />The doctrine of the Trinity teaches the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one divine Being, called the Godhead.<br />God exists as three persons but is one God, meaning that God the Son and God the Holy Spirit have exactly the same nature or being as God the Father in every way.<br />The existence of the Trinity is rooted in Scripture.<br />
References to the Trinity:<br />"As soon as Jesus Christ was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and landing on him. And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’“<br />Mt 3:16–17,Mk 1:10–11,Luke 3:22,John 1:32<br />
Creeds of Other Faiths:<br />Judaism:<br />Shema<br />“Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One" <br />Islam:<br />Shahadah<br />"There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his last messenger.“<br />Each echoes the First Commandment…<br />