The word “critical” often conjures the incorrect image of negativity. If the Four Gospels are to be analysed critically would this study find loopholes only? This need not be the case, as the Four Gospels, and the Bible as a whole, has withstood the test of time. As a stand-alone text, the Bible has proven its accuracy in its portrayal of events, its authorship, and its date of writing. Though scholars have tried to use both textual and literary criticism to discredit the Four Gospels, there are an equal number of scholars, using these same tools, who have proved that the Four Gospels have an accurate portrayal of events.
I. SYNTHESIS At the mention of “Divine Revelation”, my thoughts on it before were very narrow and simple. Back then, I would have mostly thought of revelations that occurred during the time when Jesus Christ was still alive. I had this expectation that the revelations would be mostly relating to the prophecies that we know from the bible, or what the church is constantly saying is the message of God.
This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. 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
Secondly, if Christ is all knowing why are their so many fallacies in his teaching? Finally, the last argument against Russell being a Christian is the emotional reason presented by Christianity to have a “big brother” to lend on during their time of struggles and the terror people have of the unknown if religion was nonexistent (Russell,
There are many that says Jesus the only Savior, some say yes in addition to other way, and there are others that totally discredit Jesus altogether. Therefore, Nash sets explains this topic with clear, penpoint, foundational truths to prove that Jesus is the only Savior. On the contrary, Nash begins to attack this theological question with a thorough explanation of exclusivism, pluralism, and inclusivism. Exclusivist believes, “there is one exclusive way whereby men and women can approach God and receive his salvation: Jesus Christ.”
The metaphorical River of God binds the structure of the book, which sections are both topical in nature, yet follow the progression of Christianity. Riley begins the analysis of the origins of Christianity in the second chapter from the religions of the near east, using these principles to demonstrate their relationship to Christian ideas such as monotheism. From monotheism arose the Trinity, the third chapter of the book. Through the concept of the Trinity is the development of the dualism of God and the Devil, including demons and the end times. This concludes the divine influences of Christianity, and in the second half of the book Dr. Riley explains how humanity influenced the development of Christianity.
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
Literature suggests what is hinted in Luke becomes an open proclamation in John. That Mary had an important role to play in Jesus’ birth but also in his ongoing work. Interestingly, the mother of Jesus is never called “Mary” only “woman” or “Jesus’ Mother” (Ratzinger). Unlike the previous gospels, John is the only one to narrate Mary’s presences at Jesus’ crucifixion (Jn 2:1-11).
Biblical typology can be defined as the study of Scripture “types“, or speaking more broadly as search for links between historical events, persons, or things within salvation history (Virkler, 2007, 182). The concept typology derives from the Greek word typos, to which the word type is closely related, the synonyms of this concept are the concepts of likeness, resemblance and similarity (Virkler, 2007, 181). The word type stands for the terms: prototype, model, image, example (sample). The main idea which lies behind biblical typology is the assumption that while carefully examining salvation history one can find clear patterns in God's work, or put in more simplicified way – God prefigured His redemptive work in the Old Testament (this
In my opinion, I think that the Bible is sufficient and I also do believe that he is correct about the fact that many churches turn to social experts when they cannot figure out something, which causes many problems. In summary, the churches should not rely on the spiritually dead, but rather on the Word of God that’s been proven time and time again to be sufficient. An ignorance of God, is the second indictment that Paul Washer explains. He used his past story to share an example of what he meant about the subject. Paul later went on to
In part II of Lewis book he describes several different scenarios of Christians beliefs. He first talked about the difference between Christian Pantheism and the Christian idea of God. (pp.36). I myself as a Christian believe that God is beyond good and evil, that he is good and righteous, he loves love and hates hatred. Whereas, in Pantheism, one believes that God is part of the universe, without the universe God would not exist.
Origins Reflection There are many different perspectives, and theories on how the universe and human life came about. One perspective in particular really trumps the knowledge of us as human beings. The Christian worldview comes down to faith. According to the textbook, faith “is the process of committing to particular presuppositions; the act of trusting in Jesus Christ to define oneself, which constitutes a transformation of a person 's spirit from selfishness to selflessness. ”(Waddell, 2014)
Jesus Christ’s life and teachings are the guide to peace in this life and joy in eternity. The gospel of Jesus Christ blesses all who accept and live it. God reveals his gospel through the use of prophets such as Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. The Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ states, “Prophets teach us about God and are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, receive revelation or direction from the Lord, and teach the gospel to the world and interpret the word of God (4).” Prophets receive the priesthood and act in the name of God to lead his children.
While Deists used general terms to describe God such as “Divine Goodness” or “Providence”, Christians used clear defined words like “Savior” or “Redeemer”. Lastly, Deists were identified by the testimony of others around them. For instance, George Washington’s pastors saw him to be greatly influenced by the teachings of Deism which helps make the conclusion on George Washington’s beliefs rather
Thirdly, Jesus is God’s son and the redeemer of the whole world (John 3:16). While other religions believe that Jesus was just a prophet, Christians believe that Jesus is God’s hope for the salvation of those who believe. The story of Jesus presented in the Gospel is foundational in a biblical worldview. The Gospel story can be simplified into three main limbs: Creation, Fall and Redemption. The fourth truth held in a biblical worldview is that the Bible is God’s holy Word (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21).