With all the government-imposed cultural changes in our “once” Christian nation, it is more important than ever to know the Word of God in order to know what is true and good. Test Your Bible IQ: with these 7 random quotes* In what book of the Bible is this scripture? Is the book Old Testament or New Testament? Who is thought to have said it the first time it appears in the Bible? 1. Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. 2. Love your neighbor as yourself. 3. The fear of man lays a snare, but he who trusts in the LORD is safe. 4. Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong 5. If anyone will not work, let him not eat. 6. Love the LORD, your God, with your whole heart, and with your whole being, and with your whole strength 7. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
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    7 + More Reasons why Catholic Youth need to know the Bible
    1. Schools teach a godless evolution as the origin of the world when the Bible says the earth has been created by God.
    2. Schools introduce children to sexual exploration/experimentation when the Bible says sex is reserved for married people who are to “be fruitful and multiply,” remain faithful to each other, and raise “godly offspring.”
    3. Entertainment portrays sex outside of marriage, and divorce and remarriage as normal and unavoidable although these are called sin in the Bible.
    4. Other Christian denominations attack Catholic beliefs about Mary, the Eucharist, Sacrament of Reconciliation, Purgatory, leadership of the Pope as unscriptural, yet the Bible validates all of these.
    5. Legal abortion is the law of the land, yet the Bible indicates that the unborn are fully human and therefore abortion is forbidden by the 5th Commandment.
    6. The world teaches that when we are dead our life is over, but the Bible says our souls live on, that we will be judged by God, and that Heaven or Hell is our ultimate destiny.
    7. The world says, “I’m okay. You’re okay,” but the Scriptures say “all have fallen short,” and that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
    Many other worldly/wrong teachings are being introduced by the media, the schools and our present culture. Please share what concerns you in the comments section.
  2. Resolve to read the entire Bible beginning NOW

    The advantages of knowing Holy Scripture (I believe it has become a necessity) are several: Jesus says His words are Spirit and life and quoting Moses, He reminds His followers that we can't live by bread alone but by every word of God. St Paul tells us that faith comes from hearing (or reading) the Word of God. St James tells us the Word of God has the power to save our souls. Again, St Paul tells us that the Word of God is living and active and that it separates what is soulish (merely human) from what is truly spiritual. We all need this kind of guide for our walk with God, especially with the proliferation of knowledge, much if not most of it false or tainted, that bombards us in this modern era through the media. So many are confused or deceived.

    Before we know it the New Year will be upon us. I recommend you do as I did. I determined to read the Bible from cover to cover in a year and I did it in that way. However, most redcommend reading selections from both the Old and the New Testaments - perhaps also a Psalm or chapter of Proverbs - each day of the journey through the Bible - pretty much the way the readings are arranged at Mass.

    Every Catechist and Youth Minister should endeavor to equip his/herself with this power of God's Word as personal training for your ministry. Let's GO!!!


     
  3. Catching up on Scripture

    You want your youth to become familiar with the Word of God, but you lack confidence due to your own limited knowledge. What to do? Begin your own Bible reading journey!

    YOU TURNS has come up with a relatively simple plan which requires using three bookmarks, one for the Old Testament, one for Psalms and Proverbs, and one for the New Testament. To complete the Bible in approximately one year, follow the number of pages or chapters directed by each bookmark and plan to make this a daily habit.

    There are many other Bible reading plans available, even  chronological Bible in a Year volumes and plans. Chronological Bibles are not arranged according to the type of liturature - Historical, Psalms, Proverbs, Prophecy,  Gospels, Acts, Letters, and Apocalyptic -  as is the traditional Bible, but rather insert readings from all the genre in the order of the time written or referred to. This adds another dimension of knowledge - the historical context, but it doesn't help you familiarize yourself with the order of traditional Bibles

    Liturgy of the Hours and daily Mass expose you to a good segment of the Word of God, but to get a true grasp of Holy Scripture, one should read the entire Bible. Catholics, especially, should make this effort because compared to our Evangelical brothers and sisters, we are weak in Bible knowledge and can easily be talked out of our Catholic faith. If we've read the scriptures with a mind open to the doctrines of our faith, we will discover our Catholic beliefs are completely grounded in God's word.



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