Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ died for our sins and God is the creator of life. The Bible belt is located in the south where strict fundamentalist Christians dominate life. Many beliefs of Christianity have been confused or misunderstood in some parts of the bible that they preach over Sundays, Wednesday nights, and even on some occasions Saturdays. Most verses in the bible that have been misunderstood include, gays and lesbians, judgement, love, and overall God. Studying such a powerful book such as “The Bible” would give a person such wisdom and love, but with Religious hate crimes on the rise it almost makes people curious what is being taught in the churches.
Baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:5), and conveys a permanent sign that the new Christian is a child of God. Jesus himself was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The Greek word baptizein means to "immerse, plunge, or
This trend always accelerates in times when Faith is weakened and religion comes under attack. This allows the anti-Christian forces the opportunity to challenge church authority, ridicule their values and create open mistrust of the clergy. Rather than focus on unpopular decisions and the weakness of a few human representatives of the church, the faithful must always keep their eyes fixed on Christ himself. We should take comfort that when God offers such guiding principles; faith in him will provide the way. When people become poor in spirit and renounce or abandon their trust in their faith, they become subject to a loss of their own personal free will.
In the following several centuries there were other controversies surround who Christ was such as Nestorianism, Apollinarianism, and Arianism. These controversies within Christianity were resolved through multiple ecumenical councils, which affirm Christs 100% deity and his 100% humanity. This short essay will provide evidence for the affirmation that Christ is the complete and total deity of God in human form using the Gospel of John, his epistles, and the general epistles. Jesus’ Deity In Hebrews The author of The Epistle to the Hebrews in the beginning of Hebrews starts with “After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he
The Christian belief brings people together because God call all of his followers to love above all. Also, this belief gives life a purpose knowing humans are here to help with God’s plan and that there will be salvation from God’s free grace for those who believe (CWV-101 Lecture 5, n.d). However, there are some troubling things about Christianity. One troublesome topic is that God has never been seen and Christians are to have faith in Him and to believe without physically seeing. Additionally, many people do not believe in God because they see all the bad in the world and think that there could not possibly be a God.
A sampling of New Testament passages highlights the centrality of Christ in the Christian disciple’s life. The disciple is to believe in Christ as his messiah and savior (John 1:35-51); follow Christ (Matthew 4:19); obey Christ’s commands (John 14:21); love Christ more than anything in the world (Matthew 10:37); abide in Christ (John 15:5-6); grow in Christ (Ephesians 4:13-16); have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16); have the attitude of Christ (Philippians 2:1-8); take every thought captive to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5), and let the peace of Christ rule their heart (Colossians 3:15). The apostle Paul explained in Colossians 1:28 that the goal of the discipleship process is to “present every man complete in Christ.” Christ is the standard by which the Christian disciple is measured and is the end goal of the Christian life. Paul summed up the centrality of Christ in the life of a Christian disciple with the statement “to live is Christ” (Philippians
Without faith it is impossible to please God for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6. Children of God, confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16.
This situation is aroused from experience and circumstances. For Rev. Dr.Huang Po Ho, Theology is a confession informed by a living encounter with the Divine in the socio-political and economic context in which a faith community seeks to realize the will of God. And this is shaped by the personal or collective identity within a particular period of time and context. Christian theology is the refection informed by the life and witness of Jesus Christ on their involvement in human struggles or social praxis through the
They gave priorities to divinely ordain. Communities were believed and practised on the biblical teachings. Interpretation was focused with faith oriented life. According to Saint Augustine, whatever seems in the divine Word that does not literally relate to moral actions or to the truth of faith you must take to be allegorical. Therefore, the exegetical method of early period was connected to faith related interpretation.
He strengthens through prayer, he strengthens through the word, he strengthens through worship and he strengthens through fellowship! He will strengthen you! Paul had been through so much in his life, shipwrecks, stonings, beating with rods, prisons, hunger, thirst, often in the deep, beatings, punishments. But he said, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me!” The thing that must be done! The obstacle that must be faced!