Calvin was influenced by humanists. The preaching idea of Calvin is that the preaching becomes revelation when if God agrees to add to it the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does not speak anything that has not already been said in the scripture. Preaching can be called as the Word of God only by the preaching expounds and interpret the Bible. He sensed very low level for human activity in preaching.
You do not give an eye for an eye instead it is suggested to give even more than what they had originally wanted (p 172). Jesus' love overflows in the human connection where he gives more than asked of. Taoism wants you to stay in your lane but will not ignore the other if they are in need. In Christianity we are born again. This does not mean a physical birth but it is being born again in Christ.
It is Jesus Christ alone who mediates the sacraments to allow grace to flow to mankind. The sacraments were instituted by Christ and were part of the Liturgical Tradition of the early Christian Church. The Church celebrates in her liturgy the Paschal mystery of Christ, his Sacrifice on the Cross, Death and Resurrection. Baptism: Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, as we are born of the water and the Spirit. Baptism is necessary for salvation (John 3:5), and conveys a permanent sign that the new Christian is a child of God.
Thus, as Pope John Paul II sponsors the capacity of human reason to be aware of the truth and demand that faith and philosophy again find their profound unity. He, as head of our Church wanted to affirm the need to reflect on the truth. It is somewhat less true that human beings through the ages, have raised important questions about their own identity, and which also is its origin, as well what will happen after their death, on these issues in search of truth itself and what is its foundation, the reason finds its most gifted beauty in faith support. One aspect that catches my attention, among many others, is when the Pope states: "The Church, meanwhile, appreciated the effort of reason to achieve the goals that make more and more worthy personal existence. She sees in philosophy the way to know fundamental truths about human existence.
This is a view that begins with a God who embraces those outside of himself, who planned a redemption that centered on sacrificing himself of behalf of the Christian people. A Christian worldview is also seen as when you believe the bible is entirely true in that you allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do. Why is this view important to people? If you don’t believe in the truth of God and live by it, then all witness’s will be confused and mislead by the idea and teachings of the bible. This is a way of life that helps people live by the word of their
Praying is essential when believing in God, but praying should be meant to thanking the invisible, not asking for more. This proves how one desires for more--desires to have something beyond what the eyes can see. What if the God we claim to know is only The Creator, not a
He argues from his Pentecostal background that Spirit-baptism is distinct from and subsequent to conversion. He argues that “Luke does not present the reception of the Spirit as necessary for one to enter into and remain within the community of salvation.” This perspective is based on the gift’s function which is to provide “power for witness and not justification before God or personal cleansing.” He continues that it is “prophetic enabling that empowers one for participation in the mission of God.” When Jesus received the Spirit at the Jordan, it was to empower Him to fulfill His messianic assignment. Menzies buttresses his point by adding that Luke understands the Pentecostal gift to the disciples as being parallel to Jesus’ Jordan experience and it is for empowering for mission and this Pentecostal experience is paradigmatic to all believers. He strengthens his case by adding that “the Spirit came upon the disciples at Pentecost (Acts 2), not as the source of new covenant but as the source of power for effective witness.” Since it is a separate event from conversion, the gift of the Spirit is bestowed upon those who are already converted. Therefore for Jesus the Spirit was to empower Him for His preaching and miracles and later for the disciples it was to empower them to be witnesses.
In her short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” Flannery O’Connor tackles the issue of grace, showing that no matter the person, everyone can attain and earn grace. The grandmother and the Misfit, though they appear to be quite different people, are both the same at the core: They are sinners in need of Christ. The Misfit and the grandmother are both capable of change and accepting God, but only the grandmother reaches this revelation before her death. Grace is one of the most important ideas in the Bible and Christianity. Grace is “the love of God shown to the unlovely; the peace of God given to the restless; the unmerited favor of God,” (Holcomb).
“The purpose of the Sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the Body of Christ and finally to give worship to God. Because they are signs they also instruct.” St Augustine of Hippo showed the validity of the minister and how he communicates to the community. He linked validity to the action by and for the community, rather than the goodness or acceptability of the leader. His reason was: Sacraments are actions of Christ Himself in the Church, so that they have the authority and authenticity of Christ, not of the presider.” There were Councils which discussed deeply about Sacraments. The Councils made clear all issues concerning the celebration of the sacraments and they taught that some of the Sacraments cannot be repeated because they imprint the permanent mark on the soul.
The Bible tells Christiansin the book of John 3: 16, to love one another just the same way God loves them and sent His only son to rescue them from sin. The Bible does not want Christians to go in to war with fellow Christians nor to seek revenge but to ask God for help. Christians are allowed to choose their leaders and ask God for guidance in order to choose the right leader (Dockery &Thornbury, 2002). Leadership also comes from God and whoever has been elected as the leader holds a divine position that should be respected by the followers. God expects leaders to be wise in their decisions and rule justly.
My answers to the first two questions would not change, since my belief in God as the Creator and Sustainer of life is a foundational viewpoint for me. Do you believe in absolute truth? Is there more than one way/religion to understanding absolute truth about God and the meaning of life? Since God is the Creator, the idea of absolute truth about God and His holding the meaning of life is a comfort to me. In Scripture, Jesus states, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.