It deals with a community marked by external persecution and by certain internal tensions which made its enlightenment necessary from the experience of Jesus: his death and resurrection. This, however, did not impede the missionary spirit of the community, committed to the evangelization of the pagans. This paper will reflect in short about the two main sections of the Gospel of Mark. Mark shows us Jesus acting in his ministry, words and actions, his passion and his death. From all these, we can deduce that Jesus appears before the people as the great prophet of the eschatological time, the messenger of the Kingdom, the one who is so close to the Father that he is able to call Him “Abba” (Mk 14: 36 NAB).
The scripture texts mention Jesus as one who breaks all walls that divide humans under certain categories or label them with captions. In other words, if we are able to see God’s love manifest in the love of Christ, we would be able to understand the love of God too. On the other hand, Burton Z. Cooper states that “God has acted in Christ to redeem us.” This satisfies Jesus’ claim that our faith in Christ will help us be one in Christ as he is one in the Father, as mentioned in John 14:20. It is fascinating to note Suchocki’s words “Letting go of one world, he must participate in the creation of another.” Though this statement would mean different in the context of Simon and the prostitute, in the current context, this would deal with more than having accepted Jesus Christ, and being made new in him. This would mean to suggest that one understands the truth about Jesus as not only the Son of God, but in the current context, as one who died for the sins of the world, because God’s love is manifested in him and through his death, and that he is the risen Christ to this day.
On the other hand, these documents challenge me to reconsider my approach to presenting the Gospel message in private and corporate settings. In my opinion, believers must include the historical context relating to the disbelief and arguments against the resurrection when presenting the Gospel message to unbelievers. For example, there are five theories that argue against Jesus’ resurrection; according to The Existential Theory: the resurrection of Jesus was the “rising up” of faith in the hearts of the disciples and other believers . Having such information equips me to speak intelligently about the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ historically and scripturally
Gnostic ideas are the base for many ancient religions that teach that gnosis, which can be interpreted as "knowledge, enlightenment, salvation, emancipation or 'oneness with God, may be reached by practicing philanthropy to the point of personal poverty, sexual abstinence and diligently searching for wisdom by helping others" (Filoramo 1). Primarily defined in a Christian context, most scholars believe that Gnosticisms predated Christianity and includes pre-Christian religious beliefs and spiritual practices. Thought to be a second century development, the discussion of Gnosticism and its faith changed radically with the discovery of the
The author thought it was a primitive superstition. Nevertheless, to their amazement, physical and emotional healings occurred. We as Christians seek healing, but many times do not seek a greater relationship with Christ. This is self-centeredness rather than Christ-centeredness. We are not to live in chapter seven of Romans, but in chapter eight, which is walking in the Spirit.
Summary: Green begins his chapter by outlining two of the main ways that he sees popular Atonement Theology spreading. The first is the popular “Penal Substitution” doctrine, and the other is a disregard for the doctrine of Atonement Theology altogether. He then begins to form an argument against “Penal Substitution” by attacking the concept of God as the subject of the cross and Jesus as the object, an image that, to Green, paints God as an abusive father. In the same line of thinking, he debates the literal take that most Christians adopt when it comes to the New Testament metaphors. He argues that we as Christians cannot found our entire Atonement Theology on these metaphors, as their descriptive capabilities can only go so far before they break down.
Which makes sense because when you change from being atheists to Christianity, people would say you have had a change of heart, that results in a different end. The phrase “resulting in a different end” is also critically important to understand what is meant when Finney means “change of heart”. When someone swaps from one religion to another they start to praise the God they switched over to. In the example given above, if someone switches from atheism to Christianity, they would start to praise and glorify the Jesus Christ. This means this person that converted into Christianity gave up sinning of the flesh, and selfishness since he now looks up to the Lord, which can be proven when Finney added, “A change of heart, therefore, is to prefer a different end.
Integrative approaches to psychology and Christianity: An introduction to worldview issues, philosophical foundations, and models of integration by David N. Entwistle covers an extremely topical and controversial issue of whether psychology and theology can be successfully integrated into contemporary counseling practice. In fact, the author starts his book by emphasizing that psychology and Christianity have been largely considered as mutually incompatible and exclusive. However, Entwistle (2010) does not agree with this idea and supposes that faith can be an integral component of all daily activities, including counseling practice. Entwistle provides an in-depth look at both and extends a way to model the two in such a way they supplement
An indispensiable event in Christian history is Martin Luther King, Jr. enlightening society that there were civil laws that did not appropriately reflect the laws of equality, which were consistently addressed throughout the Christian Bible; therefore, if there was such as abundance of followers of Christianity, during that time, then the dominate class [upper and middle class, Caucasians] were typically not living by the word of God considering the fact that they were denying natural human rights as well as promoting hatred toward someone of different background. One major event that calls into question the entire faith, whether or not it did in fact happen, is Jesus’s resurrection in consideration that he was persecuted by the Roman soldiers,