Throughout his lecture, Bertrand Russell presents quite a few convincing arguments for the reasons he is not a Christian. Watering down of the foundations and expectations of Christianity, rejection of the advances of science, and behavior uncharacteristic of the Christ that Christians claim to emulate are all valid concerns that merit further consideration. While Russell makes many valid points throughout his account that I agree with, I would speculate that Russell based these observations on a broad response to the summary of Christianity, rather than consideration of the individuals involved and how their personally held beliefs might differ from these generalizations. To begin with, Russell’s frustration with the core definition of Christian belief is understandable; having a set of once-vital, basic beliefs viewed more as suggestions for exceptional living proves confusing and misleading. Russell’s observation that the title of Christian “does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning” (Russell, 1) as it once did is such a merited concern that, in recent years, some members of the church itself share this view; this
Based on historical facts found in the bible, as well as physical landmarks that validate the scriptures, the Christian faith is sound. Christians find encouragement knowing the God they worship is relational and personal. Believing that the Word of God is truth, Christians trust that they will receive the gift of eternal life through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. However, there also are areas that cause many to question the Christian faith. The Bible can be very confusing to read and understand, offering contradictory statements and parables that some view as riddles.
St. Iraneaus debated that Gnostics are those who are spiritual with growing knowledge of God, lack the true faith because Gnostics deny the “Incarnation and bodily Resurrection of Christ,” [p. 182]. Iraneus described in p. 4 of Selections that believers should mirror Christ 's life. The purpose of establishing an uncomplicated simplicity of just believing in one God while understanding that redemption of the entire human race is only through Jesus Christ. [ p. 13].St. Iraneaus debated that Gnostics are those who are spiritual with growing knowledge of God, lack the true faith because Gnostics deny the “Incarnation and bodily Resurrection of Christ,” [p. 182].
He basically gave them false appraisal because he he 's the one who decided to even help. 3. King uses biblical figures and events to help the reader better understand him. King is a Christian and this helps with showing authority. Basically any of the references that king makes to religion are appealing to pathos because they show emotion.
Typically, America is seen as the land of the free. Citizens have freedom of speech, press, assembly, and religion. Legally speaking, a person is entitled to the liberties mentioned above; however, they’re condoned if they do not conform to the values traditionally held by the majority Americans. For instance, everyone is free to practice any religion of their choice, but America is a predominantly Christian nation; therefore, those who practice a different religion are often victimized. In fact, John Oskison highlights America’s hypocrisy in “The Problem of Old Harjo”.
The Great Awakening unleashed a new wave of conversions driven by a desire to be cleansed of sin and avoid eternal punishment. These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God.
"HOW TO PREACH A LOUSY SERMON" When writing a lousy sermon Collins said that one should remember never, quote too many scriptures. Why should you try to show off by over stating scriptures like you are an expert? In fact, the assignment of a preacher is to minister by meeting the needs of the people not to make yourself look good. After all, the anointing makes the difference not the vessel. The Lord needs a yielded vessel that will do the will of the Father and not their agenda.
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 first view that encourages a subjective interpretation of beauty is one that is difficult to hold as beauty in and of itself relies upon objective qualities to be felt. On the contrary, the latter view highlights the differences in beauty that are clear in society due to our inability to truly appreciate all works of art and to view things as God does. Therefore, by establishing “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” as an exclusively postmodern phrase, we are eliminating the possibility of the phrase to be seen in a light that rectifies its meaning with that of a Christian view of
Christian educators are beginning to realize that to be truly Christian, is more than providing a theoretical guidance and generalization about education and work. It is a vital part of the content of the curriculum and integrated with all subject matter. Consequently, some persons are exhibiting an idolatrous attitude towards Christian “education and work” undertaken in capitalist societies” (Cates, 2005). Even though the Bible should be the integrating factor around which all other subject matter is correlated and arranged, and provides the criterion by which all other subject matter is judged. The philosophical work of human hands tends to conceal the work being done by the hand of God, ironically heightening the alienation experienced by workers and educators (Cates, 2005).
It turns out that, after reviewing Entwistle’s (2010) integration models, I would be a cross between the Enemies (Christian Combatant) and Colonists models. It is true that I am suspicious of philosophies developed by man versus God’s divine inspiration. My major concern was that Positive Psychology might influence clients to seek answers, only from within themselves, rather than from prayer and spiritual disciples. However, I would now favorably consider the fact that “Psychology…can be useful to illustrate what Scripture tell us” (Entwistle, 2010, p.
Their belief is that God is only allowed to create a person’s trait and characteristics. According to Got Questions, the bible does not support the idea behind eugenics. Got Questions states, “that men can better himself by ridding the world of ‘undesirable’ people is definitely not biblical.” Even Dr. Georgia Purdom agrees by stating, “we see that eugenics does not align with the Bible.” Even when I was a Christian I was taught that we were created in God’s image. If we were created in God’s image, why try to change
Christianity is more believable because we have the resources to deal with the theoretical problem, not just talk about it (Nash, 1992). We do not sit back and watch the evil world spin around us, we attempt to save this world through telling them about Jesus. Materialism does not offer such a solution. While they do understand there is a problem of evil in this world, they do not have a solution because, more often, they do not see it because it is not material and right in front of them. To me, having a real solution(Jesus, the Bible, faith) to a real problem(evil), makes the Christian worldview the most believable, most applicable, and better way to live than