Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Revisiting the Bible

The hubby has been leisurely reading the Bible. The Church also encourages us, Catholics, to read the Scripture to have a deeper relationship with God. I guess he also wanted to make sure he knows what he will teach our little one as we would like to raise her a good Catholic. 
He had some questions regarding what he was reading which it is quite impossible to find answers outside our home since we are living in a non-Christian country. My teachers would be really disappointed for I was only able to answer SOME..not all. I should know more of these since I went to Catholic school for 10 years.

I guess, it's time to revisit the Bible again.

The Bible is a collection "divinely inspired" texts considered sacred by Christians. It is divided in 2 sections -- The Old, which has 39 books and New testament, which has 27 books.

The first 5 books of the old testament is called Pentateuch, forms the theological foundations of the bible. The next 12 books are accounts of Israel's history where there are stories of great leader, prophets, heroes and villains. The next 5 books, the poetry and wisdom books of the bible, are my favorite. These are collection of stories were we can somehow relate with our struggles in our faith.The rest of the old Testament books are the major and minor prophets.

The new Testament is all about the life of Jesus Christ. The Gospels, the first 4 books of the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) gives different perspectives about Christ's life and works. The Epistles of Paul, the next 13 books of the new Testament, are letters for the believers of Christianity. While the Letters of Paul addresses specific situations, the next 8 books are general epistles/ letters which gives us basic principles of living as Christians. And the last book, Revelation, is one book I am personally hesitant to read. I tend to over think symbolisms and give me unnecessary worries.

With the general view out of the way, we can now just (enjoy) read the many stories of love, hope and faith of the Holy Bible.

And as Ms. Perry, associate director for Utilization of the New American Bible, said, "reading is not enough." One must not simply read but meditate and put into actions the lessons from the greatest book of all time.

*All texts are from my point of view, as a Catholic, from reading other sources. See links below:

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