Good for you.
and am having a difficult time with an assigned question. Is this question appropriate within the context of John 10 at all?
“Describe the ways in which the personal dimension of faith, as response to a personal God, is expressed in John 10.”
I’d have to break this down.
First, what is the personal dimension of faith? In my opinion, unless they are talking about “the Faith” meaning, “the Religion”, it is entirely personal. There is no other dimension of faith other than personal. How many dimensions do they claim are in the individual act of trusting and believing that God is good and a rewarder of them who diligently seek Him?
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Next, what do they mean by personal faith as a response to a personal God? Faith is personal, so personal faith is redundant as explained above.
God is a person. So, He is personal.
Is there a question about whether or not God is personal?
Jesus Christ is representing Himself and the Father as a personal God seeking the welfare of each and everyone of His Sheep. That is the equivalent of a father seeking the welfare of his family. There is nothing more personal.
I have read several articles here on Catholic Answers that have lead me to believe that the “personal relationship theology” isn’t scriptural…
Don’t know anything about that. If I read any Catholic article which said that, I’d have to challenge it.
Also, USCCB has unending footnotes at the end of each chapter of Scripture that help the reader to understand the context of specific sentences/verses, and in no way does any of John 10 seem to be applicable to a personal dimension of faith.
Can you link some to support what you mean?
Have I misunderstood this question all together?
I need more context. Did they say anything before they asked the question? They didn’t just give you that out of the blue, did they?