He thought this because he believed it involved that the elect that salvation that the elect could get could also be gained by the non elect person as a result of their own effort to salvation. Which I believe from my religion to not be true. I believe that anyone has the open and free will to receive salvation it's not only given to a specific group of people. But Calvin did not believe this to be true he believed that the reprobate are the people that God intentionally chooses to neglect, I don't believe that God neglects anyone that does not neglect him. John Calvin believed firmly in election and predestination and he backed his beliefs with biblical statements.
Before a genuine dialogue begins, each religion must first set aside their exclusivist attitudes- but not setting aside all their beliefs- and be open to what others believe and through this, each religion will not only understand the faith of others but they can also have a deeper understanding of their faith. They must recognize the fact that their dissimilarities has rooted in their differences of culture which contributed in their differences of accepting, understanding and interpreting God’s revelation, they must recognize the fact that “in our less-than-perfect world even the religious community inspired by belief in the incarnate Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit remains far from the state of eschatological perfection”. Since these revealed religions are works, not only of God but also of man, one religion cannot be identified as the only source of truth. The researcher has stated earlier in this chapter the special case of Christianity- due to the fact that the unfathomable God was made known through his son Jesus Christ.
The Divine Command Theory (DCT) explains which actions are moral based on whether or not God commands it. The theory is difficult to support due to its flaws, arbitration, and even due to the essence of God. While Divine Command Theorists may completely support this theory, I will argue why the theory is impractical and cannot dictate what is morally right or wrong. In understanding if this theory holds ground we must question what God commands. Instead of uncritically accepting a theory we must put it to question and eliminate any flaws.
Along those same lines Reagan provides that “And as morality 's foundation is religion ... We need religion as a guide; we need it because we are imperfect” (Reagan 10). Opposing these ideas, Nietzsche describes that “the practice of the church is hostile to life” (Nietzsche 348). Both Broom and Reagan’s
They believe they can worship who they want how they want. Unlike monotheistic people, polytheists believe they have no accountability on this Earth. They don't believe they were put here for a specific purpose. They also do not believe in any possibility of having eternal
This leave people in a place where they can just do what ever they want because either way God had already chosen what going to happen to them and there is nothing they can do about it. But, there still must have been people who worked hard for a living because they didn’t know which way god had already chosen for them to go, and they were hoping he choose salvation so they would make him prod by working hard for him now. So what is the definition of Predestination that Calvin talks about all the time anyways? “Predestination is a religious belief involving the relationship between God and His Creation. The general idea behind predestination is that God, before the Creation, predetermined the fate of the universe throughout all of space and time.
The use of God as a shield works on believers, but not on nonbelievers. The question “why bad things happening to good people” still cannot be answered for the nonbelievers, a common critique of religion itself. Regardless of the problem of theodicy, however, religion has worked really well to create and maintain the reality. Berger explains that it is because religion legitimates effectively. “Religion has been the historically most widespread and effective instrumentality of legitimation….
To the skeptics, moral views such as gay marriages are wrong are just but opinions based on the view point of different people and not facts that can be proved. A skeptic can listen to an argument that gay marriages are wrong since the bible says so and understand that the individual is making the conclusion has valid reasons to think so. The individual making such a conclusion must have been brought up being taught that the argument is a strong one. However, using the bible as the basis, the argument is equally as strong as an argument coming from an individual saying that gay marriages should permitted since in so doing, we will be allowing the gays to express their desire to bond and love and this desire is equally legitimate as the desire from the heterosexuals. Skeptics may never come to a conclusion about whether to permit gay marriages since to them one outlook of ethical behavior is just as good as the other.
In chapter one of Mill’s book “On Liberty” published 1859, he observes that freedom can be split into three types. Firstly, he mentions the liberty of thought and opinion. The second type is the liberty of tastes and pursuits and the freedom we have to plan our own lives. Thirdly, there is the liberty to strive for a common purpose with other like-minded people without harming anyone. According to Mill each type “must be recognized and respected by any free society.”
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
Therefore we must either choose to accept or reject the idea of Him and either become a member of the Christian faith or not. We now possess knowledge of God and His gifts to us as humanity and are also aware of the steps needed to be taken in order to be saved. We can no longer use the excuse of ignorance to God. He also bestowed us with our own free will in order to love him and follow Him on our own, as He only wants moral and honest people as his followers.
However there are always some question to God’s judgement on why he does certain things. Meanwhile, Edwards is depicting to the Puritans that God does not like to be question on things that he does to us. “In the house of God, it is nothing
The British believed liberty to be their unique possession and believed that it competed/struggled against the idea of power. Therefore, those who were apart of the British freedom celebrated their liberty as a victory. This idea of liberty was central to two different sets of political ideas that took place in the 1700s. One of the ideas is republicanism, which “[…] celebrated active participation in public life by economically independent citizens as the essence of liberty.” (141) Liberalism posed as the second idea, “whereas republican liberty had a public and social quality, liberalism was essentially individual and private.”