Stumbling into the faith, continued.
At this point in the process I have a church that I believe the teachings of, I have finally come to believe that Jesus did resurrect from the dead. That belief took a long time to come to grips with, much longer than I made it seem in my previous post. I had always considered the resurrection to be a myth, but now convinced that it was true, that belief carries with it many answers, as well as many responsibilities.
So, let’s recap – first, I came to find that the Catholic Church’s teachings were true and irrefutable. If you would like to find out what those teachings are, check out The Catechism of the Catholic Church. You can buy it any bookstore and the entire book is true. Every word. How do I know that? Because of step two of the process, Jesus Christ had truly risen from the dead.
Jesus rose from the dead in accordance with the scriptures. After He was resurrected on the third day, He appeared to many, including the eleven remaining apostles. He commissioned those apostles to go out and preach the gospels in all the lands. Those apostles went on to appoint others, and thus began The Church that Jesus had spoke of. And there is only one church that can trace its roots back to these apostles by the string of apostolic succession, The Catholic Church. Now, since the Catholic Church is the one founded by Christ, it has certain characteristics. One characteristic is that it can not teach in error when it comes to faith and morals. This is how I know The Catechism of the Catholic Church is true. Every word.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God, fully human and fully divine. I know this because he resurrected on the third day. Jesus founded a Church, the Catholic Church. I know this because the scriptures show the commission of the apostles and those apostles founding the same church that we have now. That Church’s teachings on God, Christ, and the scriptures are true.
So, everything comes full circle. Now, I can form my understanding of God, and His relationship with the human race. I have the Bible and the Church. Whenever I have a question on why I should believe what these say (Bible & Church), I just remind myself that Jesus rose from the dead, He founded a Church, that Church determined what books would be in the Bible, and that Church is still here today. We have to listen to it, our Lord and Savior gave us no other options.