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Theology questions unit 1
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How is a vocation both a call from God and a response to God?
A vocation is a call from God to embrace a certain way of life and purpose. This way of life allows us to use the gift God has given us to serve him and one another. By using these gifts to serve, we are responding to God's vocation.
What are the four vocational states in life?
The four vocational states of life are the married life, the ordained life, the consecrated life, and the single life.
What does the universal call to holiness mean and what does it ask of us?
The universal call to holiness is the call to love Jesus and follow His path, the path of love without measure, the path of holiness. The universal to holiness asks us to build up the Body of Christ, making the Church more loving, compassionate, filling it with more light, more goodness, and more joy through our loving actions. This call is to each and every member of the Church.
Where do people find true happiness?
People find true happiness by living the Beatitudes and forming our relationship with God and others. Happiness with God in Heaven is the goal of life.
What does the word agape mean? Describe its characteristics.
The word agape, or unconditional love, is a Greek word used in Scripture and by the early Christians to describe both God's love and the kind of love Christians aim to share with one another. True love involves self-giving. It is a serving love. It is a caring love that puts aside one's own immediate interest for the interest of another. It sets aside "my agenda" for yours. It goes around the block or around the world to love and to serve God and his people.
Give an example of Jesus' teachings on love from each of the four Gospels.
One example of the love of Jesus is unique to the Gospel of John: the account of the washing of the feet at the Last Supper. In the Gospel of Matthew, we find the Sermon on the Mount, the great summary of Jesus' teachings on every aspect of life. Here Jesus is asking us to love as God loves: unconditionally. This is how perfection is measured in Jesus' eyes. The Gospel of Luke has one of the most famous and well loved which is that of the Good Samaritan which says "My neighbor is anyone in need of mercy, and I can be a neighbor only if I am merciful to others, including those whom I identify as "enemy" or "in the wrong group" or "not like me." In the Gospel of Mark, the first Gospel to be written, a scribe asks him which commandment is the greatest, Jesus replies with the Shema, the traditional prayer of the Jews you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
What does the word disciple mean, and how can we be disciples of Jesus in our everyday lives?
The word disciple comes from a Greek word meaning "learner." A disciple of Jesus is one who has made the decision to learn from him. We can be disciples of Jesus by serving others in soup kitchens, nursing homes, in church, etc. We can also pray daily, attend mass, and spread the word of God.
Why is relationship with others import in every state of life?
Respect and love for self is important, because this is how we learn to respect and love others as well. We recognize the God-given dignity of all people and realize that everyone needs and deserves love and respect. This is the basis on which all relationships are built.
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