Question 1: Where did the world and everything that exists on the world come from?
All that exists comes from God.
Question 2: Why do I exist?
You are here because God wanted you. He knows you and wants to make you happy. He loves you infinitely.
We know that human beings are important to God because Jesus appeared to St. Teresa of Avila in a vision and said to her: “I would create the world again, just to hear you say that you love me.”
Question 3: How do we know that God exists?
We know that God exists because we can see his footprints all over the Earth.
The fish in the sea said to one another, “They say our whole life depends on water. What what is it? We have never seen it.” So they asked a wise old fish to show them the water. The old fish said: “Oh, you stupid fish! You are living in it…and you’ve never realised it?” Author unknown.
Just like the fish didn’t see what was surrounding them, humans don’t realise that they are surrounded by God’s creations. We cannot live without our Creator and yet you may ask, “Where is God?” There are two things you need to know:
1) God is everywhere, nothing exists without him.
2) God is not everything but he is the origin of everything. He is infinitely greater than everything there is.
This is supported by the Act of the Apostles 17:28. “Since it is in him that we live and move and exist…We are all his children.”
Question 4: Can we know God?
God wants us to get to know and learn to love him. That is why he reveals (shows) himself to us. If you open yourself to God in silence and prayer, you will discover how God “speaks”, how he leads, guides, comforts, raises heals you and pours our his love on you. God is not some energy behind the clouds, God is someone you can talk to – and who answers.
You can find out more information on how to contact God in the ‘Prayer’ section.
Psalms 138: 1-3, 15-16
O Lord, you search me and you know me, you know my resting and my rising, you discern my purpose from afar. You mark when I walk or lie down, all my ways lie open to you. Already you knew my soul, my body held no secret from you when I was being fashioned in secret. Your eyes saw all my actions, they were all of them written in your book.
Question 5: What does believing in God mean?
Believing in God means putting all your trust in the one who loves you the most, accepting what God reveals of himself and doing what he tells you to do.
Believing in God means feeling secure in him. God loves us. We do not need to be afraid. He will bring out the best in us.
What Christians collectively believe is written in the creed. This is so important that it is professed or sung by all on Sunday Masses after the homily. You can find out more information on the creed in the Creed section.
In Matthew 9:22 when Jesus heals a woman, Luke 18:42 when Jesus heals a blind man and in Luke 17:19 when Jesus heals a leper, Jesus says, “Your faith has served you.” This demonstrates the power believing in God can have.
Question 6: How many ways are there to God?
Before he became the Pope, a journalist asked Pope Benedict, “How many ways to God are there?”. He replied, “As many as there are people.”
It is not only you who is searching for God but God is waiting for you. Whether you are riding a bike, waiting for the bus or stuck at home because of the Coronavirus, just talk to him.
Question 7: How do we know God’s messages?
From the very beginning, the people of God have passed on their knowledge of God by storytelling. These stories are written in the Bible, celebrated in the liturgy and proclaimed by the Church. These stories are also passed on from parents and grandparents to their children and grandchildren. Sometime it is friends who tell you how they discovered God. The people of God are a community where experiences and knowledge of God are understood and passed on from generation to generation. Each person who lives their life with God, will have their own story to share. When Christians talk about how God showed himself to them or how God led and healed them in their lives, they are giving a “testimony” of their own faith.
The first stories.
At the shepherd’s campfires, at the well where they would meet to draw water, in the shadow of trees, on the rooftops of houses, in the temple, in every place, Holy stories about God were told. It wasn’t until later that these stories were written down. They became the sacred scriptures.
In the comments box below, share the story of your experiences with God.
Question 8: What is the Bible?
The Bible is the most important book in the World. It is a sacred scripture. You read read the Bible it is like God is talking to you. In Matthew 5:14 it says, “You are the light of the world.” This is God telling us that he believes we can make the world a bright and beautiful place.
A quote from Pope Francis,
“What would happen if we treated the Bible like we do our mobile phones? [What] if we went back to retrieve it when we forgot it at home? [What] if we took it out several times a day? [What] if we read God’s messages in the Bible like we read messages on our phones?
Question 9: Is what is written in the Bible true?
With God’s help, the writers of the Bible tell what they have come to know about God and what the people of God have experienced with him. They tell it in their own language and with the knowledge of their time.
It is said that the writers of the sacred scriptures wrote under the influence of the Holy Spirit; they came to the knowledge of the truth of God and man by a sort of guidance “from above”. For example, the writers of the Bible did not try to write the story of creation as a scientific representation of the creation of the world. Their intention was not to describe how God had created the world but to say that:
- He did create it.
- He created it out of nothing.
- He created it for us and entrusted it to our care.
The Story of Creation: Genesis 1:1-31
In the beginning, when God created the universe, the earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the Spirit of God was moving over the water. Then God commanded, “Let there be light” — and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night”. Evening passed and morning came — that was the first day. Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places” — and it was done. So God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. He named the dome “Sky”. Evening passed and morning came — that was the second day. Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that the land will appear” — and it was done. He named the land “Earth”, and the water which had come together he named “Sea”. And God was pleased with what he saw. Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit” — and it was done. So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came — that was the third day. Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years, and religious festivals begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth” — and it was done. So God made the two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars. He placed the lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came — that was the fourth day. Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.” So God created the great sea monsters, all kinds of creatures that live in the water, and all kinds of birds. And God was pleased with what he saw. He blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce, and to fill the sea, and he told the birds to increase in number. Evening passed and morning came — that was the fifth day. Then God commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small” — and it was done. So God made them all, and he was pleased with what he saw. Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food” — and it was done. God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came — that was the sixth day.
The Bible (in Genesis 1:31), tells the story of the seven days of creation to make it clear that God has created the world.
The theory of evolution does in no way destroy faith in God, the creator.
Pope Francis says, “The Big Bang, which is today posited as the origin of the world, does not contradict the divine act of creation; rather it requires it. The evolution of nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation.”
Question 10: What makes man different from all the other creatures God has made?
God loves all his creation but he gave man something very special. He entrusted the Earth to man, to cultivate it and take care of it. (Based on Genesis 2:15)