30 Oct Symbolon #2: Divine Revelation
- Divine Revelation: why and how God reveals himself to us
- Jesus as the fulfillment of Gods’ revelation
- The transmission of Divine Revelation through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition
- The Magisterium as the authoritative interpreter of scripture and tradition
What is your impression of God? How do you view our Creator? It is important as Christians that we continue to strive to know who God is and why he loves us. Simply put God is love. Not Hollywood love, but actual love. He loves us so much that as mighty as he is, he reveals himself so that we may know him and in doing so he gives us the chance to know him and experience love in its purest form.
The unveiling of God culminated in Jesus Christ, the Son of God made man. He is the fullness of Divine Revelation. This revelation was handed on in the church orally ( through Sacred Tradition) and in writing (through Sacred Scripture) and was entrusted to the teaching authority of the church, the Magisterium, for its authentic interpretation.
We were shown an image of a 3 legged stool to illustrate how the Divine Revelation is handed on. The 3 legs of the stool are Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium. If one or more legs of the stool are removed, then everything falls apart. Just like if one of those 3 components of Divine Revelation are removed then Gods Revelation will not be known and understood. They all work in tandem.
The idea of Sola scriptura is the belief that the bible is the only source of divine revelation. There are 3 main problems with this belief:
1) Unbiblical- this belief is not found in the bible. 2nd Thessalonians 2:15 says, the followers of Christ hold fast to the traditions that were given to them, both orally and by written letter
2) Unhistorical- this belief doesn’t take into consideration that Christ gave teaching authority to his disciples as well as the mission to carry on Sacred Tradition before the bible had been compiled
3) Unworkable- the bible was not written to be a stand alone teacher. Without the Magisterium, the interpretations of the bible would be left for the individual. This would only separate the Christian community – one of the main reasons that there are many denominations of Christians.
- God has chosen to reveal himself and make known to us his loving plan of salvation so that we can know him and love him (CCC 50-52)
- God gradually communicated himself and his will through deeds and words in salvation history culminating in the person of Jesus Christ, the son of God made man, who is the fullness of divine Revelation (CCC 53-65)
- The revelation of Jesus Christ was handed on in the church orally through sacred tradition, and in writing through sacred scripture (CCC 75-79)
- This “deposit of faith” contained in Sacred Scripture and Tradition was entrusted by the apostles to the teaching office of the church, called the Magisterium, for its authentic interpretation (CCC 84-85)
- To know and understand Gods revelation, a Christian needs sacred tradition, sacred scripture, and the Magisterium. Each are so connected to the transmission of Divine Revelation that one cannot stand without the others (CCC 95)
Food for thought
We as God’s children have to answer a call to a deeper, more meaningful relationship with our God.