Marcus is the perfect representation of new Christians or people who are experiencing confusion. Although in the end we discover that he is a protagonist, in the beginning marcus was perceived to be a selfish man. He originally judge Lygia for believing in what he thought was nonsense. An specific example would be when Lygia mentions God being in her heart and Marcus telling her to replace God with him. He conveyed confusions when he treated as a regular man.
The branches, once called Nonconformists or Dissenters, are still active after undergoing obstacles and trials. Protestant churches such as the Baptist Church continue to reach thousands of Christians through evangelism. Knowledge and doubt continue to plague believers just as doubt plagued Thomas, a disciple of Jesus Christ. Much like Thomas, the writers of the Victorian Age had to discover the censored pieces of Christianity in order to strengthen their belief.
The extensive examples and case studies from around the world add a depth to the teaching points that brings the book into real life, especially if that life is unfamiliar to the reader. By continually including Christian examples along side of these, the author uncovers that Christianity finds its own roots in some aspects of folk religion, and that our present Christian expressions have some parallels as well. For example, our focus on the need for righteousness with God and others, the presence of creation and flood myths, and rituals that could be defined as rites of transformation (conversion) and intensification (baptism). At the end of each chapter, the “Christian Response” section was key to bridging the gap between folk religion and Christianity by explaining points of commonality and avenues for
C. S. Lewis noted: "We need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present." The journey of the Church was changed for the better, due to the aftermath of Martin Luther’s Thesis. Luther believed in a more active role of Christians in their walk with God and that the rules set by the Catholic Church were not based from Biblical rules that are required of them. From the time of Jesus, the search for the freedom to worship freely had been a struggle, with many followers of Jesus losing their life.
They wanted more acceptance from the church, they wanted to be praised by men. If they didn't commit the sin they will still have the mindset of wanting more for themselves rather than focusing on God and repent. Which is a lesson for all of us today that lying to the Holy Spirit or God is a serious offence. Christians or non Christians, we suffer the consequence of sin because God cannot be with Sin. They cannot mix.
Though there is no answer from Jonah, this end question is really directed towards the readers. The point is to have us ask ourselves if we are okay with God loving our enemies. That point is one of two main messages from Jonah. The other message can also be formatted into a question; will we trust and follow God even when we are afraid, and don’t like or fully understand what He is asking us to do? The book as a whole raises a mirror up to the faces of readers as it asks these questions.
It is not their place as people to pass judgement on one another because at the end of the day, everyone will have to answer to God. St. Paul tells the Romans not to destroy their kingdom over these trivial
As I mentioned earlier I have need felt like any of my teachers have forced anything on me but they have challenged me to think about what I believe. This has moved me to think about God in different ways. Some of those ways are not how a lot people want to think about God. I am not saying that thinking about in these different ways have changed my view on totally but they have caused me to examine them to see if they are true. In some ways this challenging of my faith has cause me to praise God more and in others it has caused my relationship with God to be hindered.
To understand why Jesus had to suffer for our sins it is important to realize that the result of the cross is ultimately forgiveness, or taking someone’s debt upon oneself. God’s nature is more complicate than many people believe. He is willing to forgive but not push aside the issue and ignore it because he is merciful but also
James 4:17 tells us, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.” (KJV) God teaches what is right or wrong while we make our own decisions, but God had enlightened and it is up to us how we respond. Convictions that are contrary to the Holy Spirit can cause division in the church. Paul told the people of Cen΄chre-a΄ in Romans 16:17, “ Now I beseech thee brethren, mark those which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (KJV) Dr. Dale A. Robbins (victorious.org) explains in his book that ‘we may not be able to stop offensive things from happening, but by applying God’s principles, you can stop them from hurting you.’
Equally important, God crafted time, and time was from one point forever forward; He gave life too people for them to worship him. Worship to be given by not breaking his rules, rather by showing love to others, and asking for redemption for sin. Not whirs hoping him meant hell in death, and punishment throughout life. Than school can 't alone, which as Futrell points out, tries at making worldview neutral, but the schools cannot neutralize the child from freely discussing their beliefs. As students being taught to reason the first time, we would defensively discuss what we were taught.
When questioned about who will get into heaven, most Christians provide a simple answer. This answer usually is along the lines of “only those who are Christians,” or “those who have accepted Christ into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.” Now there is nothing wrong with these thoughts, as I believed these to be the case for a long, long time. More recently, however, I’ve begun to take on a different though process which is more along the lines of that which is seen in C.S. Lewis’s
This is because if the reader does not understand viewpoint of the story begin told, they will never truly understand the situation the character is in. A great biblical story to understand the importance of tone and narration is the story the last supper. The last supper tales of the last true miracle of Jesus Christ before he 's crucified. It also shows the way that believers of Christ are to operate in remembrance of his sacrifice each time they gather.
On a more individual scale, too, the relevance of Christ is seen. As we live in a society where instant gratification and one 's own self reign supreme, it seems as though Christianity is "moderately important" to most people. They believe that their careers, income, or social standing determines their success or wolfh, but even talking to my friends who aren 't religious, I feel that more people now are realizing that there 's a certain emptiness or repetitiveness that can 't be cured by money, good grades, or a dream job. This is where the relevance of Jesus comes into play; people want a sense of fulfillment or to find a deeper meaning of life, and I honestly believe that the only thing that ultimately satisfies these longings is Christ.