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August 22, 2012

CCC 198-231

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God The Father

  1. The Creed begins with the Creator because all things are founded on his creation.
  2. Belief in God is fundamental, foundational, and explicit. Revelation begins with it.
  3. God is unique.
  4. God’s oneness is revealed in the Old Testament. [Dt 6:4-5; Is 45:22-24; c.f. Phil 2:10-11]
  5. Jesus affirms it; hence, the mystery of the triune nature of God. [Mk 12:29-30, 35-37]
  6. By revealing his name, his identity, God made himself accessible for personal relationship.
  7. The revelation of his name to Moses on Sinai is fundamental to both Old and New Covenants.
  8. He reveals himself as the God of Moses’ ancestors, his name: I AM (WHO I AM). [Ex 3:6,13-15]
  9. This name is not a name, but a mysterious statement of being. [Is 45:15; Judges 13:18]
  10. This name reflects his omnipresence.
  11. Faced with God, man recognizes his insignificance. [Ex 3:5-6; Is 6:5; Lk 5:8] Though he is not worthy, God can forgive him. [Hos 11:9; 1Jn3:19-20]
  12. Israel does not speak God’s name out of respect, but instead call him Lord (Adonai, Kyrios)
  13. God is merciful and loving despite the unfaithfulness of Israel. [Ex 32,33:12-19,34:5-9]
  14. His mercy and love is expressed in the sacrifice of his Son [Eph 2:4] who also bears the divine name [Jn 8:28].
  15. Israel learned over time that God is constant. [Is 44:6; Ps 102:26-27; Jas 1:17]
  16. The Church’s understanding that God just IS (in fullness and perfection) comes from the Septagint and Tradition.
  17. God is called “Truth” and “Love”. [Ex 34:6; Ps 138:2; Ps 85:11; 1Jn 1:5; 1Jn 4:8]
  18. God’s word is true and his promises kept. [Ps 119:160; 2 Sam 7:28; Dt 7:9] He is trustworthy. The original sin was the product of a lie that cast doubt on his word.
  19. God created all and can alone impart true knowledge regarding all things. [Wis 13:1-9; Ps 115:15; Wis 7:17-21]
  20. God’s revelation is true [Mal 2:6] and Jesus bears witness [Jn 18:37; 1 Jn 5:20; Jn 17:3].
  21. The prophets revealed that God’s one motive is love. [Dt 4:37; Dt 7:8; Dt 10:15; Is 43:1-7; Hos 2]
  22. God’s love is greater than that in any human relationship. It is likened to the love for a child or for a bride. [Jn 3:16; Is 49:14-15; Is 62:4-5; Ezek 16; Hos 11]
  23. God’s love is unending. [Is 54:8,10; Jer 31:3]
  24. God is an eternal exchange of love between the persons in the Trinity, and we are called to share in it. [1 Jn 4:8,16; 1 Cor 2:7-16; Eph 3:9-12]
  25. Believing in and loving one God has consequences,
  26. such as learning of his majesty and choosing to serve him first [Job 36:26],
  27. living in thanksgiving to him for everything [1 Cor 4:7; Ps 116:12],
  28. knowing the unity and dignity of men [Gen 1:26],
  29. making good use of creation [Mt 5:29-30; Mt 16:24-26],
  30. and trusting God in all things.


  1. praeteriī*
  2. praeteriī*
  3. praeteriī*
  4. praeteriī*

* IN BRIEF sections are materially the same as the preceding paragraphs and are generally omitted from these notes.


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