What happens when Jesus is no longer relevant in the Church?


George Orwell once said that the "greatest enemy of clear language is insincerity." This statement's significance is vital if a Catholic educator's responsibility is to convey the truth of Jesus Christ in a clear and cogent manner. It also presents us with a foundational question on the proper scheme of keeping Jesus relevant every time we encounter an opportunity to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The early Church's history appears to provide insight into the formation process where the intent was to convey the authentic message of Jesus Christ. Whether this was the primary scheme or merely a component of religious formation, it is probable to assert that the early Church intended to keep Jesus relevant at all costs.

The early church used distinctive language that conveyed Jesus as the Son of God, affirmed his teachings-the beatitudes and the sacramental life, and his death on the Cross. These distinctive truths could not operate in isolation from one another and provide a concept of the language used to convey the salvific actions of Jesus Christ. This clear and distinctive credal language gave rise to a zealous growth of the early Church because the message was unequivocally focused on Jesus Christ and the act of faith revolved around the development of an active relationship with him.

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