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4. Question of Faith
Transcript of 4. Question of Faith
A Question of Faith: Part Three
Development and growth of Faith
What is FAITH?
What is RELIGIOUS FAITH?
What is an IMAGE OF GOD?
What is a TRINITY?
Who is BRAHMA, VISHNU and SHIVA?
KEY CONCEPT: FAITH
FAITH means putting your trust in someone or something
KEY CONCEPT: RELIGIOUS FAITH
RELIGIOUS FAITH means putting your trust in God because you believe that God loves you.
Name two types of FAITH and two types of RELIGIOUS FAITH.
Our bodies physically develop automatically.
We develop in other ways as well:
The Roots of Religious Faith
In the home
Your parents/guardians can influence you:
By encouraging you to think about religious questions
By taking you to religious services
In the school
Your school is concerned with your physical, intellectual and moral development. The school can help develop faith:
Through the quality of the religious education
By providing opportunities for you to explore different ideas about the meaning of life
In the school
By regularly attending a place of worship, you take part in religious rituals. This can strengthen faith.
THE STAGES OF RELIGIOUS FAITH
1. Childhood Faith
2. Adolescent Faith
3. Mature Faith
Children tend to accept without question what they are told by their parents.
Children are encouraged to have a relationship with God
"If God really loves us, why do bad things happen to good people?
They may be stronger in their faith or reject any form of religious faith
They may become APATHETIC (indifferent) to the whole issue of religious faith.
Accepting that there are no easy answers to be had to life's most important questions.
Working out a clear idea of what you believe and why.
Trying to live the best kind of life you can.
FAITH ALIVE: READING P. 237 - 239
Ministry means helping your fellow human beings by playing a constructive role in your community.
THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION
WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF RELIGION?
1. Religion has been, and continues to be, one of the most influential factors in human history.
FORMAL AND INFORMAL MINISTRIES IN CHRISTIANITY
(A) FORMAL MINISTRY
An ORDAINED MINISTRY: bishop/priest celebrating the sacraments.
An INSTITUTIONAL MINISTRY: a member of the laity, who serves as a Minister of the Eucharist or a Minister of the Word.
(B) INFORMAL MINISTRY
Daily situations where a Christian tries to put their beliefs into practice:
Supporting a classmate in a time of need.
Helping an elderly neighbour or relative.
2. Although Religion can divide people, it has brought many people together. Community is essential for a happy life.
3. It helps provide hope, encouragement and inspiration.