Symposium on the Bible at the Catholic Center

Posted on October 30, 2013


Thursday, October 24, 2013 – 02:48
Organized by the Episcopal Commission for the media conference at noon today in the Catholic Information Center, titled “The Bible at the heart of the faith”, in which Metropolitan of Beirut, Byblos and dependencies of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros, Father Antoine Awkar Antonine, Father Samir Bishara Jesuit, and director of the Catholic Media Khoury Abdo Abu CSM and was attended by Secretary General of the Bible Society Dr Mike Bsous, and a number of interested members of the Assembly and the media.
He welcomed Khoury Abu Kasem attendees behalf of the President of the Episcopal Commission for the media Bishop Boulos Matar said: “In the seminar earlier spoke on the role of the family toward their children and teach them to read and meditate on the chapters of the Bible” the word of God, “and today will highlight the role of the school and the university to the students in order to encourage them and urged them to read the Bible. ”
He asked: “Are we really in our schools and universities Christian give the Bible enough attention? Are we begin نهارنا recited a verse or read today’s Gospel at the beginning of the day school or university? Are we encourage our young people to speak the language of the Bible? In their conversations and their meetings, instead of talk in politics and the subsequent ? Are we publish posters bearing phrases from the Bible weekly basis on the wall panels or in the hallways, or at the doors of the classroom? Did you devote even a single share in the month, we know where our young men and women how to discuss and interpret the Bible? ” He said: “content myself with such questions to make them an action plan for Christian schools and universities, hoping to keep the word of God loving title of our lives.”

Then came the intervention of Bishop Bistros, which stated: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1, 14). The history of the relationship of God to mankind since time immemorial begins in the person of the word which the image of God created man, which since time immemorial was intended to materialize in the fullness of time, and achieves a human being divine image that man can not achieved by self بقواه. Therefore, the incarnation of the Word was God’s design since time immemorial. ”
He continued: “To this incarnation first incarnation of the Word in person, added embodies a second, is the incarnation of the Word in the book. So all preach he must be based on these two Altgsudain, Incarnation of the Word of God in the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Incarnation of the Word of God in The Bible: In the Old Testament symbols and initialized, and in the New Testament in a real and complete manner. ”

He added: “This is the gospel would remain if the end of the world, but does it have that is consistent with all ages, and answer the aspirations of all cultures and questions all generations. This is what he called Blessed Pope John Paul II” Alongelh new. “This Alongelh new take into account the conditions of life diverse, but they are always based on the Bible, the word of God, to the person of Jesus Christ. ”
And saw Bishop Bistros that “the world in a move permanent, has seen the modern world drastic changes in various fields. It is not permissible to remain Christian churches closed on the same within the limits of جماعاتها and its institutions, but must face all developments of social, economic, cultural, political, and fill the spirit of God, and so out of the basic principles established fixed and contained in the Bible. ”
He said: “the Alongelh new to speak and bear witness to the Christian faith, and figured out what holds the world of contemporary atheism Oalmanah designed to remove the issue of God of human life. Read in the Apostolic Exhortation” The Church in the Middle East “:” meditate on the mystery of the Church as a certificate, in the light of the Bible, “the book of the covenant” between God and the great people, driving toward the knowledge of God, “Noor way” who “do not let your man still.” Fletmcn believers, the heirs of the present Covenant, the constant search for truth in all the Bible inspired by God. ”

He added: the “new Alongelh” mean follow-up effort to see Christians united to show the world the power of the Prophet and the power of change contained in the message of the gospel, justice, peace and peoples living together, and the protection of creation is the concepts of nature knighted your ecumenical process in recent decades. These concepts do not take full meaning only in the light of the word uttered by loving God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. ” He continued: “lies the Church’s mission in evangelization, which is” the power of God for the salvation of every believer “(Rom 16:1). This gospel is not a doctrine, but it is the person of Jesus Christ himself as being God’s word final materialized. Should shines light Christ all mankind facilities: family, school, culture, business, individual life and social life. ”
He believed that “Alongelh new does not mean preaching the gospel again.” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and ever “(Hebrews 8:13). Alongelh new means giving answer suitable for the signs of the times for the needs of people and peoples in the modern world. It aims to promote a culture deeply rooted depth in the Gospel: This means the discovery of new human in us through the Holy Spirit, who bestowed him the Father through His Son and His Word, Jesus Christ. ”
He concluded by saying: “Alongelh is a new post world yearning to salvation, and to give an argument for faith, which in us by giving the word please, according to the words of the Apostle Peter:” Sanctify the Lord in your hearts, and be always ready to Tjibwa both asks argument on the hope that is in you “(1 Pet 15:3). According to this hope, the goal of Alongelh new latter is the completion of the “mystery of God’s will, no matter how varied methods of evangelization, no matter how varied ways Alongelh new, it is imperative that all lead to the European Union in Jesus Christ, who is God’s word final for human….
Then the word of the Father Bishara Jesuit on “the challenges of the Bible in our contemporary” wondered where: “How can we today, through reading the Bible, to express our knowledge of God in the language of this era and its culture? Is it possible to grow in the life of the faithful a clear understanding of the facts faith? note that it is difficult for our society to accept the truths of faith without depth mental therein. Can the Bible in front of the requirements of this era that gives human full knowledge? whether we can devote objectivity in our reading of the Bible, and our word is not without forcibly from the limitations and deficiencies and imagination? ” .He continued: “In the midst of the ages that accompanied the emergence of the Bible and literary cultures and styles, and ways of speech … Can we read today’s Bible reading consistent with the spirit that inspired him?

He pointed out that “religious thinking is not without danger to grasp the facts faith, Valtbaan in the views, and the use of expressions incomplete lead to misunderstanding or mistaken interpretations, is it limits freedom of research and analysis in writing?” He said: “How can we encourage the use of various arts and humanities and scientific data and cultural rights, without that contradict this with education divine inspired the Church? And how can the Bible today to know the man that God’s love in a society dedicated abuse of power and slavery material?”

He believed “that the Bible message about the meaning of existence, life, pain and death, is a love letter, and human liberation from the shackles of sin, the central challenge invites us to do is to live the test profile with the word of God; we can not understand the Bible, but from the door of this test – Spirit The body, which is imposed on the insured on three priorities that live: depth, creativity and life in the Spirit. ” He said: “At the rear, ask in a world becoming more and more superficial, in a society dedicated” globalization of the surface, “What are the answers real and coherent that could give her a Bible in relation to serious issues, such as family, ethics and ecumenical dialogue and religious extremism, etc. …?

In creativity, he saw that “the system of the times does not lead – and this is clear – to creativity. So there is more violence,” he said, adding he had read recently that those who do not have to imagine they are more willing to use violence because they see no other possibility. What remains is the grip and strength to impose themselves. From here comes the need for creativity, how we can draw inspiration from the Bible the art of creativity in the fields of social work, educational and pastoral, … ” And life in the Spirit, said: “We do not have – I think today – to say spiritual life because it is not a sector of our lives, all our lives is the life in the Spirit, and” to see God in all things “(Saint Ignatius de Loyola) and” there is no Earthly something to him who knows to be seen “(Father stream de Jesuit شاردن) …”

He continued: “The Bible can help us to excel in all of our business, to look at the distant horizon to horizon is narrow, the output of everything in us, to dream big dreams and change the world.” He concluded by saying: “Today at the University of Ahlgregoriana Rome, inaugurated the Jesuits new material theology entitled:” cyber theology “or” theology default “or” cyber “: Why? … Because the Internet and the culture of the” Net Work “pose new challenges in the way of transfer Annunciation language matching with our time … has become the online world affects the way of thinking, education, communication, and live, and we must address the issue of understanding the faith from the world of electronic network and the logic of the “Net Work”, and this is what it’s supposed to language Alongelh new to look it … . ”

Father Antoine spoke Awkar for “Bible between the doctrines of faith and prayer,” he said:
“The topic is part of a broad is the role of the Bible in the life of the insured at various levels and will confine the subject between the two major lines: the ideological foundations and methods of prayer.” He added: “In the first phase shows that the Bible is part of the tradition of a church, which is at the same time the word of God and the word inspirational book.”

He talked about the ecumenical councils and identify beliefs, he said: “Scripture in determining the basis of faith and beliefs refute heresies, and the Fathers of the Church is also a key role in determining beliefs, especially parents health defenders of faith.”

He stressed that “the Bible also prayers, and return to the roots show the use of the Bible in the liturgies (ancient and modern) (readings and songs).”

In conclusion, he said: we should stop at other topics, including how to use the Bible: ethics, pastoral work and preaching, and in ecumenical dialogue … “

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