The Story of Salvation
God has a plan for our lives. But in the world today, many people have lost a sense of meaning and purpose. The modern world has lost its story. Let us now consider how God’s plan of salvation (as summed up in the Creed) gives us the true plot to our lives.
God created us to know him and love him. In the beginning, humanity lived in perfect harmony with God and each other, But man and woman sinned by disobeying God and refusing to give themselves in love. This ‘Original’ sin not only broke the harmony with God, but also within humanity, and left us with an inclination toward sin (called concupiscence). God sent his Son Jesus to die for our sins and offer the perfect gift of love that restores us to the Father. And he sent the Holy Spirit to fill us with his very life. The Catholic Church passes on the teachings of Christ and through the sacraments dispenses the graces he won for us on the cross. This, my friends, is the story of salvation.
The three major parts of the story of salvation are Creating, the Fall and Redemption. The story of salvation has not been completely written yet because each one of us has an important role to play in the story. The story will not be complete until the end of time. Original sin is the first sin of the human family, contracted by our first parents, who disobeyed God. Their sin resulted in humanity’s inclination toward evil and wrongdoing, called concupiscence. Concupiscence is something every human experiences. This pull toward sin and evil persists throughout our lives and becomes one of humanity’s ongoing struggles (CCC 2520).
- God, who is infinitely perfect and happy in himself, freely created man to make him share his own goodness and love (CCC 1)
- Originally, we were united with God (on vertical level) and experienced harmony within the human family (on the horizontal level). Humanity was the united family of God reflecting the unity of God himself (CCC 376).
- Man and woman sinned, disobeying God and refusing to give themselves in love (CCC 397 -398)
- This sin broke our relationship with God and broke the harmony between man and woman (CCC 396)
- This original sin also brought death into the world and wounded our human nature, leaving us with an inclination toward sin, called concupiscence (CCC 4000, 404 – 405)
- God sent his Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins, offering on our behalf the perfect gift of love that restores us to the Father, and to send the Holy Spirit to fill us with his very life (CCC 457 – 460)
- Jesus established the universal “Catholic” Church to gather the broken family of man into the united family of God (CCC 830)
- The Catholic Church passes on the teachings of Christ and through the sacraments, dispense the graces he won for us on the cross to enable us to love like Christ on earth and with him forever in heaven (CCC 774 -776, 849).
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