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2244. Every institution is inspired, at least implicitly, by a vision of man and his destiny, from which it derives the point of reference for its judgment, its hierarchy of values, its line of conduct. Most societies have formed their institutions in the recognition of a certain preeminence of man over things. Only the divinely revealed religion has clearly recognized man’s origin and destiny in God, the Creator and Redeemer. the Church invites political authorities to measure their judgments and decisions against this inspired truth about God and man:

Societies not recognizing this vision or rejecting it in the name of their independence from God are brought to seek their criteria and goal in themselves or to borrow them from some ideology. Since they do not admit that one can defend an objective criterion of good and evil, they arrogate to themselves an explicit or implicit totalitarian power over man and his destiny, as history shows.51

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

484. In danger of war, who has the responsibility for the rigorous evaluation of these conditions?

72. What was the original condition of the human person according to the plan of God?

203. What is meant by the “resurrection of the body”?

315. What is the attitude of the Church toward the sick?

5. How can we speak about God?

268. What is the effect of Confirmation?

2. Why does man have a desire for God?

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What was David’s attitude toward Mephibosheth, and what can we learn from this story?

What is the significance of Christ being the Head of Creation, as mentioned in Colossians 1:15-17?

What is Jeremiah’s message about God’s unconditional love?

What does God’s sovereignty mean in Isaiah, and how does it ensure safety and protection for his people?

What is the role of church leaders according to Ephesians 4:11-12?

What is the role of God’s people in promoting social justice, according to Amos 5:24?

The Importance of Hope in Lamentations: How Does It Sustain Us Through Adversity (Lamentations 3:25)?