Pages 19-27 We Can Know God Through His Creation • • • Our gift of reason allows us to conclude that God is our Creator When we study God’s creation, we learn about God. We need God’s help to get to know him better God Makes Himself Known through Divine Revelation • • Divine Revelation – God’s making himself known to us Blessed Trinity – the Three Persons in One God: the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit God’s Revelation is handed down through the Bible and Tradition • • • • Memories can be passed down by the written word or by oral tradition. Bible/Scripture – the written record of God’s Revelation and his relationship with his people. Tradition – the Revelation of Jesus Christ as lived out in the Church Divine Inspiration - The Holy Spirit guided the human writers of the Bible. The Bible is a collection of books that uses many literary forms. The Bible is divided into 2 parts called Testaments Old Testament has 46 books in which we learn about God’s relationship with the people of Israel. New Testament has 27 books in which we learn about the story of Jesus, his mission, his first followers, and the beginning of the Church. Pentateuch (Five Scrolls) Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy Historical Books tell about the history of Israel Wisdom Books explain God’s role in every day life Prophetic Books contain writings of the great prophets who spoke God’s Word to the people of Israel. Gospels – contain the message and key events in the life of Jesus Christ. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John Letters - these books contain letters written by Saint Paul and other leaders to individual Christians or to early Christian communities.