Friday, June 26, 2009

Thoughts on Catholic Catechism: Belief in the One True God

Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth? Do you believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son Our Lord, and that He was conceived and born of the Virgin Mary, according to God’s plan? Do you believe Jesus suffered under Pontius Pilate, died and was buried, and that He descended into hell to pay for all sins, only to resurrect on the third day, and go up to meet His Father in heaven? Hey, you’re halfway there. If you answered yes to these questions, then you recognize the supremacy of God, and you give credence to belief in Him alone.

Catholics answer yes to these questions frequently. They are an integral part of our baptismal promises. Through these declarations, Catholics affirm the oneness, truth, and love of God, regardless of the many ways He reveals Himself to us. Yes, God goes by many names. He is called YHWH, I am, and Father. He is called Teacher, Messiah, and Savior. Yet He remains only One in all of His greatness and majesty! This is who we profess to believe in, the One True God, and there is no other!