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A Primer on the Beliefs of The Iglesia ni Kristo

A Primer on the Beliefs of The Iglesia ni Kristo

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a Catechetical guide for Catholics on the teachings of the Iglesia ni Kristo
a Catechetical guide for Catholics on the teachings of the Iglesia ni Kristo

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Published by: Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra, Jr. on Jul 11, 2014
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A PRIMER ON THE BELIEFS OF THE IGLESIA NI KRISTO +ORLANDO CARDINAL QUEVEDO, O.M.I. 25 March 2014 Archbishop of Cotabato Chairman, Commission on the Doctrine of the Faith, CBCP "The Iglesia ni Cristo will celebrate its 100th foundation anniversary on July 27, 2014. As fellow citizens of our country we join the members of the INC in remembering their history where we find virtue and commitment to God. Anticipating the questions of the Catholic faithful that will arise on the occasion of this anniversary regarding the religious beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo, the present Primer was
approved by the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
as a guide for catechesis."
 
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A PRIMER ON THE BELIEFS OF THE IGLESIA NI KRISTO TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword ........................................................................................ 3 Part One: The Basic Beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo ............................................................ 5 I.
 
Jesus Christ and the Church He Founded ............................................ 4
II. The Unfaithfulness (―apostasy‖)
 of the early Church ..................... 8 III. The Restoration of the Church by Felix Manalo ............................9 IV. The sources of the teachings of the Iglesia ni Cristo ..................... 10 Part Two: The Catholic Faith ................................................................................ 11 I. The Teachings of the Catholic Church on Revelation and the Holy Bible .........................................................11 II. The Teachings of the Catholic Church on the Holy Trinity and Jesus Christ .........
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Foreword The Iglesia ni Cristo will celebrate its 100th foundation anniversary on July 27, 2014. As fellow citizens of our country we join the members of the INC in remembering their history where we find virtue and commitment to God. Anticipating the questions of the Catholic faithful that will arise on the occasion of his anniversary regarding the reli gious beliefs of the Iglesia ni Cristo, the present Primer was
approved by the Catholic Bishops‘ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) as a
guide for catechesis. The respect we give to the religious beliefs of others should motivate us to get to understand those beliefs deeply, as this is demanded by the requirements of sincere dialogue. Differences in what we believe in do not make us distant from those who hold those beliefs, because as J. Maritain put it, among ideas contradictions are inevitable, but not among persons. We cannot close our eyes to the fact that there are serious and deep differences  between the Christian Faith and the doctrines of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Thus, this Primer presents in Part One what the Iglesia ni Cristo believes in; Part Two is on what the Catholic Faith teaches on those same points. Pope Francis, talking about Interreligious dialogue in Evangelii gaudium (no. 251)
explains: ―In this dialogue, ever 
 friendly and sincere, attention must always be paid to the essential bond between dialogue and proclamation, which leads the Church to maintain and intensify her relationship with non-
Christians (cf. Propositio 53). (…)
True openness involves
remaining steadfast in one‘s deepest convictions, clear and
  joyful
in one‘s own identity, while at the same time being ―open
 to understanding
those of the other party‖ and ―knowing that
 
dialogue can enrich each side‖ (JOHN
PAUL II, Encyclical Letter Redemptoris Missio (7 December 1990), 56). What is not helpful is a diplo
matic openness which says ―yes‖ to everything in
 order to avoid  problems, for this would be a way of deceiving others and denying them the good which we have been given to share generously with others. Evangelization and interreligious dialogue, far from being opposed, mutually support and nourish one another (Cf. BENEDICT XVI, Address to the Roman Curia (21 December 2012); VATICAN II, Decree on the Missionary Activity of the Church Ad Gentes, 9; Catechism of the Catholic
Church, 856.)‖
 

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