Where do temptations come from?

Mission Lab

Not all temptations come from the devil. Many temptations come from the world around us and from the forces within us called passions. Passions are inclinations towards rebelling against God’s will. We can conquer temptation, if we want to do so. We gain merit in God’s eyes by conquering temptation, and we grow in holiness. We must, however, have God’s …

What special gifts did God give to Adam and Eve?

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One special gift God gave Adam and Eve at their creation was original holiness and justice. Original justice consisted in the basic supernatural gifts of sanctifying grace, the seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and the infused virtues, especially the theological and cardinal virtues. God also gave Adam and Eve the preternatural gifts, namely capacities and powers above and beyond …

What commandment did God give Adam and Eve?

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God gave Adam and Eve a commandment to worship Him by an act of sacrifice: they were not to eat the fruit which grew on the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But Adam and Eve failed this test of obedience and trust in God by eating the forbidden fruit. They committed the first sin—the original sin. In …

What was God’s first gift leading us to Christ?

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God’s first gift leading us to Christ was the creation of man. If God had not created our first parents, there would have been no need for God to become man in order to save us. Why not?… Because there would have been no humans to be saved from sin and eternal death, and there would have been no humans …

What did God’s action in the Old Testament reveal and prove to us?

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God’s action in the Old Testament revealed His omnipotence—His divine power—and proved that He is always faithful to His people. In the Old Testament, God’s people learned the truth of His almighty power in Creation. This reminded the people that God always remains with His people to protect and help them. His powerful and victorious deeds show that He keeps …

In what event is God’s all-powerful action for our Salvation especially seen?

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God’s all-powerful action for our Salvation is seen especially in Christ’s Resurrection from the dead. Though man was made by God in a state of holiness, he rebelled against God of his own free will, being tempted to do so by the devil. In order to free man from the slavery of sin and to make him holy once more, …

How should we regard Creation?

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We should regard Creation as the continuing action of God, from the beginning till the end of time, as He brings about the Salvation of men and their destiny. When we think about the creation of the angels, the universe, and mankind, we should see it as a part of God’s all-powerful action at work in the Salvation of mankind. …

How was God especially present in the history of man?

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God’s saving deeds are seen in the history of man and of the world, especially in the life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus, His Incarnate Son. God was present in ancient Israel through the covenants He made with man. These covenants included the original covenant God made with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen 2:7-8, 15-17), the …

How is God present to us in our own day?

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God continues to be present to us in our day through His New Covenant with man, and by using His unlimited power to help us. His saving work will be finished only at the end of the world. The most important events in the history of the world are the life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. It is through these …

What was the Original Sin?

Mission Lab

Adam, the first man, abused his freedom by disobeying and rejecting God’s care. He wanted to search for happiness in his own way. This, coupled with the sin of Eve, was the Original Sin. God created man in a state of holiness, but man abused his freedom as a result of Satan’s temptation. He defied God and sought happiness apart …