The Old Testament, as opposed to the New Testament, shows many different sides of God. God is characterized as challenging, spiteful, or even vengeful in some of the stories of the Old Testament. Instead of teaching the concepts of love and forgiveness, the Old Testament emphasizes sacrifice and how it is required to live a life of faith. The Pentateuch introduces the covenants made between God and certain individuals in which, through fulfilling the tasks that God asks of them, they are granted His grace. God used these covenants, promises to His people, to hold mankind accountable for their own use of free will.
An overview of Homiletics: Historical, Theological and Homiletic Development and Significance. Introduction: Preaching is the central acts of Christianity Preaching is a vehicle for promoting the changes in the churches as well as in society. Preaching also assumes that it is the fundamental aspects of the church. The church cannot function properly without the direction of it. .
God brought Jesus back from the dead. He provided the way for you to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus. When we realize how deeply our sin grieves the heart of God and how desperately we need a Savior, we are ready to receive God's offer of salvation. To admit we are sinners means turning away from our sin and selfishness and turning to follow Jesus. The Bible word for this is "repentance" - to change our thinking about how grievous sin is, so our thinking is in line with God's.
Do we ever ask ourselves how God is affected by what we do? Or do we live our Christian lives with no thought of the effect on God of our thoughts, words, actions, and behavior? Do we not know that our insisting on our own way at Church meetings over the style of music, the color of the carpet, what instruments are played in the service is not known by God? Does it escape our knowledge that our unforgiving others, our judgmental and self-righteous spirit is somehow missed by God? The essence, width and depth of Christianity is love toward God and
Christianity explains salvation as redemption by God’s grace through faith from unrighteousness and sins to Cleanliness, also known as Salvation. The Bible explores salvation in different perspectives including reconciliation, redemption, ransom, forgiveness, and justification. Even though the Bible is a unitary book, the new and the old testaments present salvation in different aspects. However, the different aspects are complementary. In fact, the Old Testament presents many prophesies about salvation that was fulfilled in the New Testament (Kärkkäinen 87).
This is called apophatic theology and it means that the belief in God is done by negation. It does not necessarily deny Christian beliefs and traditions, but it is open to gradual positive reformations. It is not certain about anything – their faith remains a mystery, and they accept it because they are convinced that human beings are not sure about everything. “Postmodernism is in rebellion against traditionalism, and this is not such a bad
Many other religions acknowledge that Jesus was a good teacher, but they strip Him of His Deity. With the Word of God as our source, we can see that Jesus is just as much God as the Father and Spirit. In Phil. 2:5-11 Paul gives us a very clear picture of Jesus’ deity “Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be used for His own advantage…” (NLT). Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry He gave clues about His deity when he said things like, “Your sins are forgiven” or calling the angels
The reminder is that they are incredibly blessed, but spiritually. D. This is to remind us that we are blessed in ways that the world around us will never understand. E. As Christians, we need to understand what the Lord has done for us!
Argument Against the Argument of Pascal’s Wager In Pascal’s Wager, Pascal pioneered new thoughts and opinions amongst his peers in probability theories by attempting to justify that believing in God is advantageous to one’s personal interest. In this paper, I will argue that Pascal’s argument rationalizing why one should believe in God fails and I will suggest that even if one was to accept Pascal’s wager theory, this will not be a suffice resolution to reap the rewards that God has promised to Christian believers like myself who has chosen to believe in God due to my early childhood teachings, familial and inherited beliefs. Pascal offers a logical reason for believing in God: just as the hypothesis that God's existence is improbable, the
Briana Kuykendall spoke at the symposium on Friday on the book, The Transforming Vision. She gave a detailed summary of what exactly the book was about and went into depth about some of the major key points talked about in the book. The first thing she did was define what a worldview is and what it is not. Worldviews are not systems of thought like theologies or philosophies; instead, they are perceptual frameworks and directors of life. They are people’s way of seeing or understanding life itself.
Why Going to College Matters to God In the article Why Going to College Matters to God, the author ask the question of how society does things without asking why. If people thought about it then we would realize that we do a lot of things without thinking. The author uses an example of the Tibetan herdsman visiting a college in America. The herdsman would be very confused on why students go to class or participate in on campus activities.