Monday, April 22, 2013

Yet another reason Catholics believe in Jesus' resurrection... the consistent teaching through the known world.

Shortly after Pentecost he apostles left Jerusalem and began sharing the gospel throughout the Roman empire and beyond. They went to modern India, the West-most points of North Africa, and well into Europe (modern France or further). Yet, they all taught the same message.

We've all probably played a game of telephone where each person secretly passes a message but by the time 4 or 5 people have passed the message vital information has been left out or erroneous information has been added. How much more would we expect this human error effect in the apostles' teaching when they had such little communication with each other?

On one hand, this shows that the Holy Spirit must have, and must still be, guiding the Church but on the other hand it shows that these simple fishermen must have had intense instruction from the risen Jesus between Easter and Pentecost. After the crucifixion they didn't have the theological sense to understand that the messiah must suffer yet after Pentecost they were able to consistently preach a complex doctrine of salvation through Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Where did they gain such knowledge?

Looking at Luke 24 and the road to Emmaus story gives a worthy answer. Just as our children are first baptized and confirmed when they're ready to be spiritual adults so too Jesus embraced the apostles right after his resurrection but formed them from theological infancy to adulthood before sending them out at Pentecost.

This is yet another reason Catholics believe in the resurrection.

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