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(Online session AFTER attending your October session)

WORDS CAN BE POWERFUL THINGS....

Can you imagine finding out all about the major stories that are part of our salvation history in less than 16 minutes?

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That's what Mark Hart does in this great video... See how much you already know!

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THE PRESENTER:
Mark Hart serves as Executive Vice President for Life Teen International and is affectionately known to millions across the world simply as the "Bible Geek®". An award-winning author and producer, Mark is one of the most sought after speakers in the Catholic Church today. A graduate from the University of Notre Dame  

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THE BIG BANG THEORY

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By Christina Mead | OCTOBER 9, 2012

 

The TV show The Big Bang Theory is, in my mind, three things:

  •  Occasionally hilarious
  • Nerd Stereotypical
  • Often inappropriate

If you’ve never seen the show, it’s about four nerdy, brilliant guys navigating their way through life in a very socially-awkward manner. Normal life is the most difficult for brainiac Sheldon Cooper (who’s also, in my mind, the funniest).

 

Sometimes I’m still laughing about something Sheldon said hours (. . . or days) later.

 

I don’t want to review or analyze the show. I hope that if you watch it you’re able to discern for yourself the immorality of some of their actions. Don’t turn off your mind and morals when you turn on the TV.

The Big Bang?

Besides being a TV show, the “Big Bang theory” is a hypothesis about how we were created. Sheldon could tell you all about it. Here’s a boiled down explanation:

“According to the Big Bang theory, the Universe was once in an extremely hot and dense state which expanded rapidly. This rapid expansion caused the Universe to cool and resulted in its present continuously expanding state.”

 

  • Did creation start with a “big bang”?

  • What does the Catholic Church say about that?

  • Have you ever wondered if the creation story in the book of Genesis is real?

  • Are we supposed to take it literally and leave science behind?

No way!

 

The Church is all about us using our faith and our reason. Just because science explains the natural world around us, doesn’t mean it disproves that God created the world.

The Bible isn’t a Textbook. We’re not supposed to think of the Bible as a science or a history textbook. (There’s no pictures!)

The Bible was inspired by God, written through the hands of men, and passed on to us to teach us about God’s plan for our salvation.

 

The Bible tells us about who God is, who we are, and what we were made for. It isn’t all supposed to be read as literal facts.

So About Genesis . . .

If the Bible is not all literal, then the story of creation in the book of Genesis can fit with explanations like the big bang and evolution so long as you still believe that God was the one who first caused the creation of world. He’s the one who got the ball rolling and had a plan for what the world would be like, and how He would save us and open heaven to us.

The Catechism says:

“Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine ‘work,’ concluded by the ‘rest’ of the seventh day. On the subject of creation, the sacred text teaches the truths revealed by God for our salvation, permitting us to ‘recognize the inner nature, the value and the ordering of the whole of creation to the praise of God.’”

 

Divine Design:

The most important teaching of the Church about creation is that no matter if we evolved or not, at one point when humans were created, God infused them with souls. We were made in the image and likeness of God.

 

The scientific details of creation fall short when they abandon the belief in a Divine Creator. Have you been outside lately? Look at everything from the tiny bugs to the tallest trees. Look in the mirror – the human body is magnificent! Can you imagine atoms crashing into each other and randomly resulting in something as amazing as the human eye?

That’s like saying Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint “Starry Night” but someone tripped and spilled paint onto a canvas and it landed in this fashion:

 

Would you believe that?

Starrynight

Big bang?

Evolution?

Seven days of creation?

Don’t stress over the technicalities. God made you and I and desires for us to be in heaven with Him. That’s what’s really important.

 

I don’t know about you, but I feel better knowing I was designed and planned with a purpose and not a result of random, swirling matter.

Sheldon would definitely disagree. But no matter how smart Sheldon Cooper is, I’ll still believe my wise, 2000 year old, mother Church.

Bazinga.
Source: http://lifeteen.com/the-big-bang-theory/

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JUMPING AHEAD....

Who is FR. ROBERT BARRON?
A priest for the Archdiocese of

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Chicago, Fr. Barron is President of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake.
He is a well known author and scholar on Catholic history.

Next month, we will be taking a look at who Jesus really is. Jesus even asked His Apostles,
"Who do you say that I am?".


To prepare for the session,  please watch this video clip from CATHOLICISM by Fr. Robert Barron.

(You may even want to watch it twice to make sure you do not miss anything.)

 

Then, take about fifteen minutes to have a conversation with your parent about this video. 

 
CLICK HERE To view the video

 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS...
Take some time to discuss these questions with your parents over the next few days. 

Choose 2 of the questions to answer in writing and bring them with you to your next class session.

  • For you what is the strongest evidence that Jesus is the Son of God?

  • Fr. Barron says either Jesus was "the Son of God" or " a dangerous fanatic to be avoided". If someone said to you "I think Jesus was just a fanatic and not the Son of God" How would you debate the issue with them?

  • Fr. Barron mentions how Jesus differs from the following people: Buddha, Confucius, Muhammad, Deepak Chopra. Discuss with your parent these individuals and how both of you feel they differ from Jesus.

  • Why do you think some people today say Jesus is a "good moral teacher" but "is not God"?  


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PHOTO OF THE MONTH
Take a moment to look at the picture below.
Reflect on how this image puts what you have learned in this session into perspective.
Iceland

 

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