This GCSE RE quiz on Catholicism looks at their God. Obviously enough, without God there could be no Church (Catholic or otherwise); but how do Catholics recognise, understand and approach Him ~ insofar as they can?
In common with most mainstream forms of Christianity, they hold that God has revealed Himself to humankind in three forms or ‘Persons’: the creator Father, the redeeming Son, and through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Support in this belief comes from the Holy Bible (the combined scriptures of the Jewish tradition, in the ‘Old Testament’; plus the Jesus stories [‘Gospels’], history and writings of the early Church in the New Testament); from two millennia of church, and specifically Catholic, tradition, interpretation and doctrine; and through the experience of believers living lives of faith.
Previous and admirable believers include a legion of saints; Catholics also trust the angels, and in particular the Blessed Virgin Mary (mother of Jesus), to bring their prayers before God.
This God, though manifest in the three Persons, is ultimately One, and who uniquely combines the qualities of power, justice, love and mercy. His chief temporal agent on earth at any one time is the pope, who from the Vatican (in Rome) bears responsibility for the church’s care of over 1 billion adherents across the world.
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