Anyone in the mood to do some “creative writing?”
Here is a link to the tract, “The Four Spiritual Laws.”
This booklet was created by Dr. Bill Bright, who was the founder and president of Campus Crusade for Christ until his death a few years ago.
Please don’t criticize Dr. Bright. That’s not what this thread is about. Do a Google search and you will see that Dr. Bright was supportive of Catholic Christianity and even worked with Bishop Karol Wojtyla to bring Biblical teaching materials into Poland. He was a good guy.
Ever since I became Catholic, I’ve been wishing that the Catholic Church had a tract that explained the Gospel that the CATHOLIC Church teaches–the full Gospel–as simply and shortly as the Four Spiritual Laws tract.
I think such a tract would be an invaluable tool for many Catholics to use in explaining Catholicism to their Catholic and non-Catholic friends without getting bogged down in two thousand years of teaching and confusing everyone with theology of baptism, justification, regeneration, propitiation, transubstantiation, etc.
I do have a Rosary with different colored-beads that has a “business card” that contains the following color-coded presentation of the Gospel:
Purple: The need for repentance from sin. Romans 3:34
Red: Jesus shed His blood to save us from our sins. John 3: 16
White: Jesus has made us clean. I John 1: 9
Blue: We are baptized into God’s family. Matt. 28: 19
Green: We have new life as we grow in our love for Jesus Christ. II Peter 3: 18
Yellow: Jesus loves us and is the Light that shines for us all. John 8:12.
I think this is pretty good. A little strange in the order, perhaps. I think baptism should come first, but I guess if I was talking to an adult who hasn’t been baptized, it would come later. Or actually, I think that the Yellow should come first.
But this says nothing about the Sacraments, especially Eucharist. Should it?
Perhaps the Rosary could be used as the Four Spiritual Laws of Catholics, only we have Four Sets of Mysteries. I have a little booklet about the size of the Four Spiritual Laws tract that lists the Mysteries and Bible verses.
But how would this work with Catholics who already know the Rosary mysteries and don’t understand exactly what this means to them personally? I think that’s the value of the Four Spiritual Laws–it brings the Gospel home and tells you exactly what YOU have to do to follow Jesus and be a Christian. I think a lot of Catholics would like to know and understand this.
So what would a “Four Spiritual Laws” for Catholics look like? Keep it SHORT and SIMPLE, and provide Scripture (which is the “bridge” that will convince many non-Catholics and Protestants that you really are teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ).
If there already is such a tract, could you please provide a link or information?