THE INCARNATION MUST BE BELIEVED PROPERLY
A mother tells her scared little boy that he has nothing to worry about because God is always with him. The son replies, "Yes, but I need God with some skin on him."
Baptists, Lutherans, Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Orthodox and all "mainline" Christian churches insist that their members believe in the Blessed Trinity and in the Incarnation. They all are clear in their assertion that Jesus is God--God in the flesh.
The Incarnation (God in the flesh) is the ultimate in human faith.
Our Roman Catholic theology is very clear:
Jesus is one God Person (one and the same Son who has always existed sharing the God Life with the Father and the Holy Spirit).
At the same time, Jesus is a complete human being (he has a human body and a human soul).
If you examine those two statements carefully, you are stuck with another mystery that only a different approach to the Blessed Trinity can solve.
I think that many Catholics would be surprised to hear that the Church insists that Jesus has a HUMAN soul. That is because a lot of people equate the "person" with the "soul." It is true that, up until now, people commonly have relied on the soul to insure their lasting individuality after they go to the grave. However, it seems to me that the philosophy followed by our Catholic theologians really does not allow the soul to bear that burden. We need the type of person that is revealed by the Blessed Trinity to rely on for an absolutely distinct identity for all eternity .
THE INCARNATION IS CENTRAL TO EVERYTHING ELSE WE BELIEVE. [Eventually, all these subjects will be linked to pages where a fuller explanation will be given.]
Mary, the mother of Jesus in his First Coming-his life, death and resurrection.
Church, the mother of Jesus in his Second Coming-the KINGDOM coming on earth.
Sacraments, the face, hands, and language of Jesus recognized in the Church.
Baptism-recognized as precious children of God.
Confirmation-recognized as responsible children of God.
Penance-recognized as healing and reconciling family of God.
Matrimony-recognized as one flesh with God.
Holy Orders-recognized as an orderly and instructing people of God.
Anointing of the Sick-recognized as a healing and supporting family of God.
EUCHARIST-recognized as the very flesh and blood of God.
Bible, recognition of Jesus by the Church.
"The Lord's Prayer," prayer Jesus teaches the Church-for the KINGDOM to come on earth.
Heaven, Hell and Purgatory-Not places, but the condition of our relationships with God
The problem of "Suffering and Evil"
The Resurrection of the Body
The Ascension and the Assumption
The Particular Judgment and the General Judgment
Moral Theology (Sex, Divorce, Racism, Capital Punishment, etc.)
© 2014 Rev. John Vogler