Basic Christianity is a crucial foundation that must be deeply entrenched within the hearts and minds of believers. The essential and basic principles aid every Christian by showing and teaching them how great God’s love is for us. In John Stott’s Book, “Basic Christianity,” he reveals insight on what it is to be a Christian. He also dispels many erroneous teachings that have been brought into the Christian community. Stott states in the beginning of his book that many have held the assumption that God sits on His throne, aloof, distant, and unconcerned for our needs and problems (Stott, pg. 17). The fact that these people are unaware of is that God took the initiative and acted first as seen in Genesis 1:1, where it states ”In the beginning God….” This clearly shows that God in His omnipotence took time to create you, me, and everything in existence today. It is also stated in Genesis 1, God formed us in His image and breathed into us the breathe of “LIFE”; therefore a part of the Almighty is in the fibers of our being. Seeing that part of Him was separated, He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins to redeem the relationship that once was. Jesus Christ is a man who has baffled and transformed the new age with his life and legacy. The question arose if He is just a man? Many speculated that He was just a prophet who was profoundly inspired with scriptural revelation. The truth is that He actually is the Son of God and everything he did reflected that of the Father, the
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It is the whole secret to their power- that it was self-sufficient, self-motivated, self-generated. A first cause, a fount of energy, a life force, a Prime Mover. The creator served nothing and no one. He lived for himself. And only by living for himself was he able to achieve the things which are the glory of mankind.
That story you heard? About how we were all created by a super-powerful dude named God who lives up in the sky? Total bullshit. The whole God thing is actually an ancient fairy tale that people have been telling one another for thousands of years. We made it all up.
Jesus and the holy spirit are just different forms of God. It is up to us how we see them. Our churches may have a certain image of them, but reading this book made me think it is up to ourselves how we see God, Jesus, and the holy spirit. It is easy for us to see Jesus as a handsome, tall, strong man, but he was not. He was just like us, his people.
In The Book of Mark and The Epic of Gilgamesh written by unknown writers, the two seemingly to be heros have two traits that set them far apart. Gilgamesh is more physically strong than Jesus, while Jesus is more mentally strong and superior than Gilgamesh. With each of their gifts they do what they believe they were meant to do and what they think is right, with their entitlement, therefor abusing their power. Gilgamesh believes that he is meant to be king and do what he pleases while Jesus believes he was meant to help others and spread the word of God.
Before attempting to classify Messianic Judaism, one must understand the beliefs of the followers of these religions, the traditions that they uphold, and the identity of their respected ancestors. Fisher describes Judaism as, “ having no single founder and central leader group making theological decisions.” In religious terms, Jews are those who experienced their long and often difficult history as a continuous dialogue with God. In a religions sense, Israel refers to all those who answer the call of God, through the Torah or teaching given to the patriarchs, Moses, and the prophets. Christianity can simply be defined as all people who accept the belief that Jesus, a Jew, was born and died to fulfill the Jewish Old Testament prophecy.
We see these people claiming that some time ago, there was nothing. Nothing but their god and his son Jesus. And then this god “spoke” all things into existence by commanding them to appear. They say that it took him six days to create all of the stars and the trees and the oceans, and that on the sixth day their god created man, and later on created woman.
God reveals himself in Genesis chapter 3 verses 1 through 24 in His true form. He comes into the garden after Adam and Eve have eaten the fruit (He already knows that they have eaten the fruit because God is all-knowing). But, by falling into the serpent’s temptation, Adam and Eve turned away from God. They basically ruined everything for all of humanity (great job!). If Adam and Eve had listened to God, there would be no pain, we would live forever, and people would no nothing but God.
As I have matured in my Christian life, I have come to realize, now more than ever, that a keen understanding of God’s Word is the only way that the body of Christ can live uprightly and radically influence the world in which we live. Many Christians know of the Bible, hear it taught and preached at church; however, have not taken the time nor been discipled concerning the importance of establishing a relationship with the God and diligently seeking to understand His precepts. Because their lives are shallow and not grounded in a deep and abiding understand of God’s Word, they are “tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine,” and are neither salt nor light in the world. Precept Ministries was founded and exists “to establish people in
A lthough, there were various people within the church that believed misguided beliefs regarding the LORD’S sexual presence, there still rose up those that knew the mystery of mysteries. Allegedly, though the centuries, Christ sexual teachings survive through the concealment of the brotherhood of Jesus Christ beginnings; which, one may say were the ‘Truth Holders.’ Above all, they quietly kept one of the supreme secrets alive through time; which endures as the knowing of God’s ‘real’ sexual presence within humanity. Suitably, the group attempted to nurture Jesus teachings as they were given; exalting Christ’s sacred truths through time. In due course, this group transpires into what a number of people assume is the elect of the brotherhood
There are many ways in which the bible describes Jesus. Jesus is a prophet, a man, and the son of God. Jesus has many important traits which include; compassion, tenderness, benevolence, honor, and encouragement. Jesus represents how people on Earth should act and treat one another. They should be kind, caring, and trustworthy.
As Ryle shows, simple does not have to mean simplistic. It is a great series to put by one’s nightstand and dip into before one retires for the night or to read each morning to begin the day with one’s mind on the things of the Lord. How can one go wrong studying the life of Jesus under the wise tutorage of J.C. Ryle? If you wish a more direct follow-up to Holiness, then explore Ryle’s volume entitled Practical Religion. In nineteen chapters, Ryle discusses in his usual plain manner the “daily duties, experiences, dangers, and privileges of professing Christians”.
He gives people His grace, His glory and the truth (83). The Son of Man is another term to describe Jesus Christ (Stevens 83). Many authors used this phrase to express the humanity of Jesus and “Jesus uses it for Himself more than any other designation” (84). Going throughout the Old Testament, it is synonymous with the word man (84). In the book of Matthew, it said that Jesus is the Son of Man who comes in His glory and all the angels will come with Him.
Jesus is undoubtedly the result of two distinct natures not combined but together in one body. “Jesus is the Word who was God and was with God and was made flesh” (Bible, John 1:1,14) “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.” (Bible, Heb. 1:3) Jesus has two natures, one of them