His use of the prophetic message of Isaiah as divine logos rhetorically identifies the “True Israel” as Christ and all those who follow him, and well as the inclusion of the Gentiles, their spiritual journey, and designing the Christian community (Bates, 2009, pp. 1-3). Second, his understanding of the Trinity, as noted earlier, was judged against the standards of the Nicaea, presumably providing much debate to formulate the Trinity as agreed upon in the Nicene Creed. Lastly, his ability to blend the Gospel with Greek philosophy was crucial in understanding Logos: Christ as the Son of God, and Christ
Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31). He was constantly searching for ways to prove the consistency of the Bible, so he could further establish how authoritative it was. Calvin and Luther did not agree on the sacraments or the use of the law, but both were very influential theological figures of the Protestant Reformation and they both claimed that Scripture, not the church, was the true
The true definition of Solus Christus can be fully explained by Paul, in 1 Timothy 2:5 (NIV) “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus.” The Reformers believed that Christ was the one and only mediator between man and God. As Calvin states: “Concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, we must also be aware that he is our Advocate, and that without him we cannot approach God.” (John Calvin) The Roman Catholic Church, however, thought that man did not have direct access to Christ or God, but that a priest must intercede between man and Mary, and Mary must intercede between the priest and Christ, and only then can Christ intercede to God for
This brings us to the third aspect of Paul’s pnuematology. Paul is truly Trinitarian in that he understands that God is truly one and personal, that the Spirit is the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ and that they are both personal and divine. In spite of this, the Spirit is distinct from the Father and from the Son. Fee also observes that Paul’s interest in Christ and the Spirit is “not with the nature of their being God, but with their role in salvation and Christian experience” (Fee, 33). Christ and his work help define the Spirit and his work in the Christian life (Fee, 32).
Back then there are many religious statues, and the structure was very different. During this early Christian era, one new thing that was surprising; that the one person who has a lot of power was the Bishop. In the Early Christian Writing book, it demonstrates Ignatius’s letters too many churches, people, and even to the city of Rome. Mainly what Ignatius wrote about his letters were how important the Bishops were. Therefore for Ignatius in his letter to the Romans, demonstrate that the bishop is the most important person during these Christian times to teach them the right teaching of Christ.
John Wycliffe, the most prominent of the reformers before the Reformation and was known as the “Morning Star of the Reformation” , was born at Yorkshire, England perhaps between 1320 and 1330 and he died at Lutterworth December 31, 1384. He was an English Protestant theologian, philosopher, church reformer best known for his role in producing the first complete translation of the Bible into the common language which is English. He is a critic of the Catholic Church as he is considered to be an early Reformer. In 1378, Wycliffe began a systematic attack on the beliefs and practices of the medieval church. He taught that the true church consisted of Jesus Christ and the rest of his followers not the Pope, saints and the selling of his indulgences.
Bunyan draws heavily from both Luther and Calvin 's ideas, and their influence is palpable in The Pilgrim 's Progress. One of the hallmarks of Reformation theology is that it articulates a system of justification by faith alone, as opposed to justification by good works, as the Catholic Church once encouraged. For Luther, faith in God and the gift of God 's freely given grace erased the sins of humanity, rather than good works or indulgences issued by the Church. Though Calvin is famous for his very strongly articulated doctrine of predestination, which states that God has already decided who will be saved and who will be damned, Luther 's theology can also be considered to be predestinarian, albeit more generous than Calvin 's definition. The question of election aside, both maintained that humanity 1had wholly fallen, and redemption was only possible through faith and God 's grace, which was made manifest in the Crucifixion, and continues to be bestowed on sinners.
The Pilgrim 's Progress is considered to be one of the greatest Christian allegories ever written. In the further part of the paper here will be content about influence of Christianity in his life and how Bunyan have used Christian allegory in the text “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. Definition of Christian Allegory: A story that has a deeper or more general meaning in addition to its surface meaning. Allegories are
Light from Old Times is a collection of essays regarding Christian leaders of the early English Protestant Church. He begins with the first man to translate the Scriptures into English, John Wycliffe, talks about the English Protestant martyrs (no Roman Catholic martyrs mentioned here), writes on people famous, Hugh Latimer, Richard Baxter, and William Gurnall, and people less famous, John Rogers, Rowland Taylor, and Samuel Ward among others, while extoling the courage of all who fought, and died seeking the purity of the English Faith. Christian Leaders of the Last Century (which would be to Ryle the 18th century) picks up where Light ended with the ministries of those who preached during the 18th Century revivals in England and America. This was a very rich time for preaching the evangelical truth and Ryle accents many of its greatest leaders with examinations of George Whitefield, John Wesley, Daniel Rowlands, William Romaine, and Augustus Toplady among others, maybe not as well-known but just as important to the spread of the Gospel. As Ryle says in his preface, echoing the themes of Old Paths, “I am bold to say that we want nothing
A general consensus. A book had to have widely held support before it was added to the final Scriptures. As the books circulated they had to gain acceptance among the different churches. If a book was doubted then it was not added to the canon. Gleason in his book, A Survey of Old Testament, states the clearest test of Canonicity: “the only true test of canonicity is the testimony of God the Holy Spirit to the authority of His own Word ”.