Christ The Redeemer Of The World Essay

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Christ the Redeemer of the World
Redeemer, defined by Merriam-Webster, means “a person who brings goodness, honor to something again”. In Catholicism this refers to the person who will carry out the last step of God’s ultimate plan: creation, sin, and salvation. We can see God’s creation through scripture in the Book of Genesis. God spent six days creating the universe, earth, animals, land, and humans. Humans were a different creation than the other things God had created. When God created humans, “God created mankind in his image…God blessed them” (Genesis 1:27). No other creations were blessed by God or created in God’s image, making them unique to God’s plan. Next was sin, sin was introduced to mankind by human free will. Sin is the act of violating God’s will, it can be express through thoughts or actions. The next and last step in God’s plan is salvation. Catholicism believes that humans and the world were not totally corrupted by sin, rather temporarily fallen. Pope Paul VI writes, "it is human nature so fallen, stripped of the grace that clothed it, injured in its own natural powers and subjected to the dominion of death, that is transmitted to all men..." (Solemi Hac Liturgia, 16). When God created the universe and all of its creations, he made them good, according to scripture. Therefore, human nature was originally created to be good but with sin introduced, human nature is just fallen, it’s stripped of its grace but it can be returned. The returning to its…

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