Rays of Truth

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One verse struck me pretty hard today from the Gospel:

And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables.” (Mk 4:11)

This reminds me of two things, first, a fascinating video which I saw showing “Rays of Truth” of Christianity reflected in the Chinese culture and language. The video reveals the origins and inspirations of various Chinese texts and why they were written as such. Clearly God spoke to them in His own way, revealing glimpses of His Truth.

As Mark 4:11 reveals, the Truth of God’s Kingdom has indeed been unleashed universally across the world, but the correct interpretation has only been given to the Jewish Apostles, namely — the Church. The Church has always been, as Paul says: “A Bulwark of Truth” (1 Tim 3:15).

Secondly, this reminds me of what Vatican 2 promulgates in Nostra Aetate:

“The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, though differing in many aspects from the ones she holds and sets forth, nonetheless often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all people.”

Indeed, it does not take a genius to see that various religions promulgate rays of Truth. Sound theology proposes that all Good comes from only one source — the Holy Spirit. Through this Goodness, it is possible for even a non-Christian to be enlightened through Grace. Everything comes from the Grace of God — through which without it, we can accomplish nothing.

 

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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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