Incarnation PDF

How did the demons attain power over the gods? Who did the divine incarnation PDF came to save, gods or humans? How does the divine incarnation save?


Ce cahier s’inscrit dans la série sur les Mystères de la vie du Christ, initiée avec le n° 160 de mars-avril 2002.
L’Incarnation n’est pas une question doctrinale réservée à la réflexion des seuls théologiens ou des spécialistes de l’histoire de l’Église. Elle constitue la pierre de touche de la foi : refuser ou mal comprendre l’Incarnation du Christ revient à ignorer ce qui est au coeur de la vie chrétienne.
Et pourtant, elle est aussi l’un des points de la foi les plus difficiles à accepter : que le Dieu infini et tout-puissant ait pu prendre corps et se soit révélé à travers l’histoire d’un homme singulier fait vaciller la raison.
C’est ce Mystère scandaleux que ton s’efforce de mettre en lumière dans ce numéro.

Les principaux axes d’approche sont les suivants :
« Incarnation et Trinité » par André-Marie Ponnou-Delafon : qu’est-ce que l’Incarnation du Christ nous révèle de l’être intime de Dieu, et en particulier de sa vie trinitaire ?

« L’Eucharistie comme Incarnation sacramentelle » par le théologien allemand Michaël Figura, bien connu de nos lecteurs : quel lien établir entre le Mystère de l’Incarnation et celui de l’Église ? En particulier, comment l’Eucharistie unit-elle ces deux mystères ?

« Le Mystère de l’Incarnation de Dieu » par Monseigneur Peter Henrici : le Christ incarné permet-il de comprendre notre propre humanité ?

« Matthieu et Luc, deux théologies évangéliques de l’Incarnation ? » par Régis Burnet. Le point de vue apporté par les évangiles de Marc et Matthieu: quelle comparaison établir avec les évangiles apocryphes ? Comment se situer par rapport aux dernières hypothèses avancées par certains historiens ?

« Incarnation et Mission de l’Église » par Laurent Lavaud : l’Incarnation, au coeur du message actuel de l’Église.

Un effort particulier de rédaction a été fait pour montrer que ce cahier Communio touche aux questions les plus concrètes et les plus immédiates de notre temps.

Could Jesus Christ be assimilated with a Hindu avatar? The only religions that admit a true incarnation of Ultimate Reality in human form are Vaishnava Hinduism and Christianity. They both assume that God descended into the world and dwelt among humans in order to save them. Vishnu, while Christianity proclaims the sole incarnation of God the Son as Jesus Christ. The periodical manifestation and dissolution of the world   The Puranas, the major writings of Vaishnava Hinduism, state that the god Vishnu causes a cyclic manifestation and dissolution of the world.

Krita Yuga – 1,728,000 years, Treta Yuga – 1,296,000 years, Dvapara Yuga – 864,000 years and Kali Yuga – 432,000 years. According to Christianity, on the other hand, the world was created only once, and not as a necessity, but out of God’s superabundant love. Although the world became corrupted by sin, this situation doesn’t belong to a normally repeated scenario as in Hinduism but is the result of a wrong human response to God’s love. Despite the fact that our world is different from what God has originally intended, it will not follow a repeated cycle of manifestation and dissolution.

The number of his incarnations varies from one Hindu writing to another. The Vedas were stolen from Brahma by a demon, so the gods sent a flood on the earth to drown him and thus recover the holy scriptures. Vishnu took the form of a fish, predicted the coming deluge to the saint Manu and saved him together with his family by leading his ship to safety. Gods and demons together set about producing amrita by churning the ocean of milk, using a mountain as churning stick and the incarnation of Vishnu as a tortoise for the pivot on which to rest it.

Their action was successful and the amrita recovered. Brahma was forced to grant the boon of immortality to a demon that had performed austerities. Under the cover of this boon, the demon persecuted both men and gods, stole the Vedas from Brahma and dragged the earth under the ocean, down to his dark abode. A demon had obtained the boon of invulnerability through asceticism from the attacks of men, beasts and gods. He had the assurance from Brahma that he could not be killed either day or night, inside or outside his house.

This demon grew very powerful, forbade the worship of all gods and substituted it with worship for himself. The king Bali had gained too much power by his sacrifices, so the gods were in danger of losing their heavenly position to him. Therefore Vishnu was incarnated as a dwarf and asked the king for the gift of three paces of land. Once they were accepted, the dwarf suddenly grew to an enormous size and covered all the earth and the heavens by his paces and Bali was left to dwell in hell. Brahmins, so the priestly caste was endangered.

Vishnu came to earth as Parasurama and exterminated the whole kshatriya caste with his ax. Ramachandra defeated Parasurama in a trial of strength and broke his bow. Both the Ramayana and the Mahabharata recollect this episode. In the Mahabharata Parasurama is knocked senseless by Ramachandra. The demon Ravana had practiced austerities in order to propitiate Brahma, who had granted him immunity from being killed by gods, gandharvas and demons.