|What Every Christian Must Believe & Do
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|Author:||Drosera [ Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:19 am ]|
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I have a book titled "The Golden Manual" dated 1855 and in it there is a summary of What every Christian must believe and also What every Christian must do. I found it useful when I was newly coming to the Church, I was prompted to share this summary when seeing in another post the question if novus ordos might be Catholic still.
I What every Christian must believe
1. Every Christian must believe that there is one God and no more than one God: that this God is a pure Spirit, the Lord and Maker of heaven and earth, who has neither beginning nor end, but is always the same; is everywhere present; knows and sees all things; can do all things what soever he pleases; and is infinite in all perfections.
2. Every Christian is bound to believe that in this one God, there are three several Persons, perfectly equal and of the same substance: The Father, who proceeds from none; the Son, who is born of the Father before all ages and the Holy Ghost, who proceeds eternally from the Father and the Son; and that these three Persons are all equally eternal, equal in wisdom and power and are all three one and the same Lord, one and the same God.
3. We must all believe that this God creaeted the angels to be with im forever, and that one part of them fell from God by sin, and became devils: that God also created Adam and Eve, the first parents of all mankind and placed them in the earthly paradise, from whence they were justly banished for the sin they committed in eating of the fruit of the forbidden tree; and that by this transgression of Adam we are all born in sin, and must have been lost forever, if God had not sent us a saviour.
4. We are bound to believe in this Saviour of all mankind, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, true God and true man; perfect God from all eternity, equal to his Father in all things; and perfect man from the time of his coming down from heaven for us, having a body and soul like us.
5. We must believe that this Jesus Christ, our Saviour, who had been long foretold by the prophets, was, at God's appointed time, conceived int he womb of the Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Ghost wihtout having any man for his father, and was born of her, she still remaining a pure virgin: that, during the time of his mortal life he founded the Christian religion by his heavenly doctrine and wonderful miracles, and then offered himself a sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, by dying upon a cross to purchase mercy, grace and salvation for us; and that neither mercy, nor grace, nor salvation, either can or ever could, since Adam's fall, be obtained any otherwise than through this death and passion of the Son of God.
6. We must believe that Jesus Christ, after he had been dead and buried for part of three days, rose again on the third day from death to life, never to die any more; and that for the space of forty days, he was pleased, at different times, to manifest himself to his disciples, and then ascended into heaven in their sight; where, as man, he continually intercedes for us. From thence he sent down the Holy Ghost promised, and to guide them and their successors into all truth.
7. We must believe the Catholic or universal Church of Christ, of which he is the perpetual Head, and his Spirit the perpetual Director; which is founded upon a rock and is ever victorious over all the powers of death and hell. This Church is always one, by all its members professing one faith, in one communion, under one chief pastor, succeeding St Peter, to whom Christ committed his whole flock. (St John xxi 15-17) This same Church is always holy by teaching a holy doctrine, by hinviting all to a holy life, and by the eminent holiness of many of her children. She is Catholic, or universal by substing in all ages, by teaching all nations and maintaining all truth: she is apostolical, by deriving her doctrine, her communion, her orders, and her mission by an uninterrupted succession from the Apostles of Christ.
8. With this Catholic Church, the Scriptures, both of the Old and New Testament were deposited by the Apostles; she is in her pastors the guardian and interpreter of them and the judge of all controversies relating to them. These Scriptures, thus interpreted, together with the traidtions of the Aposltes are to be received and admitted by all Christians for the rule of their faith and practice.
9. We must believe that Jesus Christ has instituted in his Church seven sacraments or mysterious signs and instrumental causes of divine grace in our souls. Baptism, by way of a new birth, by which we are made children of God, adn washed from sin. Confirmation, by which we receive the Holy Ghost, by the imposition of the hands of the successors of the Apostles; Acts viii. The Blessed Eucharist, which feeds and nourishes our souls with the body and blood of Christ, really present under the forms of bread and wine, or under either of them. Penance, by virtue of the commission given by Christ to his ministers; ST John xx and St Matt xviii. Extreme Unction which wipes away the remains of sin, and arms the soul with the grace of God in the time of sickness; St James v Holy Orders, by which the ministers of God are consecrated And Matriomony which as a sacred sign of the indissoluble union of Christ and his Church, unites the married couple in a holy band and imparts a grace to them suitable to that state; Eph v.
10. We must believe that Jesus Christ has also instituted the great Eucharistic Sacrifice of his body and blood in remembrance of his death and apssion. In this sacrifice he is mystically immolated every day upon our altars, being himself both priest and victim. This sacrifice is the princippal worship of the new law, in which and by which we unite ourselves to Jesus Christ and with him and through him we adore God in spirit and truth, give him thanks for all his blessings, obtain his grace for ourselves and the whole world, and pardon for all our sins, and those of the living and the dead.
11. We must believe that there is in the Catholic or universal Church of God a communion of saints, by means of which we communicate with all holy ones and in all holy things. We communicate with the saints in ehaven as our fellow members under the same head, Christ Jesus; we give thanks to God for his gifts to them, and we beg a share in their prayers. We communicate with all the saints upon earth in the same sacraments and sacrifice, and in a holy union of faith and charity. And we communicate with the faithful, who have departed this life in a more imperfect state, and who, by the law of God's justice are for a while in a place of suffering, by offering prayers and alms and sacrifice to God for them.
12. We must believe that Jesus Christ will come from heaven at the last day to judge us all; that all the dead both good and bad, shall rise from their graves at the sound of the last trumpet, and shall be judged by him according to their owrkds; tha thte good shall go to heaven with him, body and soul, to be happy for all eternity in the enjoyment of the Sovereign Good; and that hte wicked hsall be condemned both body and soul, to the torments of hell, which are most grievous and everlasting.
What Every Christian must do
1. Every Christian, in order to life everlasting must worship God as his first beginning and last end. This worship is to be perfomred, first by faith, which makes both the understanding and the will humbly adore and embrace all those truths which God has taught, however obscure and incomprehensible they may be to our weakness. 2dly By hope, which honors the infinite power, goodness, and mercy of God, and the truth of his promises; and, upon these grounds, raises the soul to an assured expectation of mercy, grace and salvation, through the merits of Jesus Christ. 3dly, By charity, which teaches us to love God with our whole hearts for his own sake and our neighbors as ourselves for God's sake. 4thly By the virtue of religion, the chief acts of which are adoration, praise, thanksgiving, oblation of ourselves to God, sacrifice and prayer, which ought to be the daily employments of a Christian soul.
2. We must fly all idolatry, all false religions and superstition; under which name are comprehended all manner of divinations or pretensions to fortune telling; all witchcraft, charms, spells, observations of omens, dreams &c. Al lthese things are heathenish, and contrary to the worship of the true and living God and to that dependence a Christian soul ought to have on him.
3. We must reverence the name of God and his truth by a religious observance of all lawful oaths and vows, and by carefully avoiding all false, rash, unjust, or blasphemous oaths and curses.
4. We must dedicate some notable part of our time to his divine srevice; and more especially, consecrate to him those days that he has ordered to be sacntified or kept holy.
5. Under God, we must love, reverence, and obey our parents and other lawful superiors, spiritual and temporal, and observe the laws of the Church and State; as also, we must have a due care of our children, and of others that are under our charge, both as to their souls and bodies.
6. We must abstian from all injuries to our neighbor's person, by murder or any other violence; and from all hatred, envy and desire of revenge; as also from spiritual murder which is committed by drawing him into sin, by words, actions or ill example.
7. We must abstain from adultery and from all uncleanness of thoughts, words and actions, beyond the lawful use of the marriage bed.
8. We must not steal, cheat, or any ohter way wrong our neighbor in his goods and possessions; we must give everyone his own, pay our debts, and make restitution for all unjust damages which we have caused.
9. We must not wrong our neighbor in his character or good name, by detraction or rash judgement; or in his honor, by reproaches and affronts; or rob him of hte peace of his mind, by scoffs and contempt; or of his friends by carrying stories backwards and forwards. In all which cases , whosoever wrongs his neighbor is obliged to make restitution or satisfaction.
10. As we are commanded to abstain from all deeds of lust and injustice, so are we also strictly obliged to restrain all desires in these kinds, and to resist the irregular motions of concupiscence. So far the Ten Commandments; which are a short abridgment of the whole eternal and natural law, which admits of no dispensation.
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