Due to a snowy evening on January 16th, we doubled up on January 23rd!! Session 2 of Symbolon addressed Divine Revelation and Session 3 focused on the Bible. Below are discussion questions from this session. Feel free to comment on them or on any other part of the presentation.
- Have you ever heard someone say, “that was a revelation”? What do you think of when you hear the term revelation?
- How was the Catholic faith passed on to you?
- Many people believe that there is no need of “organized” religion. What reasons do they often give for this belief? What concerns arise from this way of thinking?
- Some argue that the Catholic Church is not up to date with the times and not meeting the modern needs and current lifestyles. Has the Church taught things I find hard to accept? What can I do to reach a better understanding of those teachings?
- What does it mean that Jesus is the fullness of God’s revelation of Himself to us?
- The Catechism teaches that the Bible alone is not enough for us to know the teaching of Christ for our lives: “It is clear therefore that, in the supremely wise arrangement of God, Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium of the Church are so connected and associated that one of them cannot stand without the others.”  What are some examples that demonstrate that the Bible alone is not enough?
- Which Bible story or passage is your favorite? What message does that story have for your life and for your relationship with God?
- Are there any parts of the Bible that make you feel uncomfortable? Why?
- Jerome said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” If we don’t know and understand the Scriptures and the story of Salvation, we don’t understand and know Jesus. Why do you think Catholics do not read and know the Bible as much as Protestant Christians?
- How is it possible that we can say, “It was like God was speaking directly to me—directly into a situation in my life—when I read this passage”?
- This segment went into the historical nature of the Bible and how it was composed. It is important to know and understand the history of the Bible so that we can understand that it is trustworthy. So much of what we know and understand about our faith and the historical story of Jesus is found in the Bible. Those who seek to discredit the Bible seek to undermine our faith.
How would you respond to the following statements?
- “The Bible is not reliable. It is full of contradictions.”
- “The Bible is not ‘God’s Word’ because it was written by human authors.”
- “The Church suppressed a fifth ‘lost gospel’—the Gospel of Thomas—because it contradicted church teaching.
- “The Church added books to the Bible in order to support false teachings like purgatory and praying for the deceased.”