This practice of thinking about others before ourselves is most definitely common in the Christian practice. In the Journal of Religion, the main point in the beginning of the article was defining the word agape. Agape is the Greek word to describe the unmotivated love of God for an unworthy man, which flows out with no trace of self-seeking from God (Goodenough). The Christian understanding of agape involves unconditional acceptance, and a concern for others. It’s a love which is communicating care through attitude and as well as physical presence.
Christian author C.S. Lewis once spoke, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.” For most who believe, it rings true that in searching and accepting God, one undergoes a transformation. In this belief, one can overcome internal and external mountains in clinging to the truth of God they hold to be true. It is not necessary for one to believe in God in order to see the life change that can occur in others who let God take control of their lives. Literary authors Khaled Hosseini and Charles Dickens use religious allusions in order to develop characters who reveal the theme that in desperate times, leaning on God or a higher power can bring about resolution and change in one’s character after times of self deprecation.
In Brave New Discipleship, Max Anders makes the case that traditional discipleship is failing in the modern era. While the goal should be the same, there needs to be a different methodology. He explains that in the new non-Christian based culture, a holistic approach to discipleship is necessary. Any part of life not dealt with during discipleship will automatically be filled with the culture’s ungodly view, making Christians no different than the rest of society. According to Anders, there are seven key characteristics of a complete Christian: worshiping God individually, worshiping God corporately, growing in biblical knowledge, growing in Christlike lifestyle, growing in ministry skill, impacting the church, and impacting the world.
We crave or thirst for need love when we are feeling empty in a specific area of our life. However, as soon as the thirst for the need has been quenched, we no longer need that type of love. With that being said, I can now see why need love would be considered selfish, because even though one of our basic human needs is to be loved, we tend to crave more love than we actually need, resulting in selfish behaviors. When talking about need love, I am reminded about the love that I have for Jesus Christ. Many times, even without being consciously aware of it, my love for Jesus is a need love.
Jackson paraphrases a verse from the First Corinthians: “Faith, hope and love are some good things he gave us, but the greatest is love. The greatest is love is meant to be the part that connects and supports a society. this makes “the greatest is love” one of the most important lines from the song.He also sings about going to church and dusting off a bible. These religious aspects are meant to relate to the listeners that reacted by becoming deeply religious. The song doesn’t become so religious that it turns people away from the song, but it seems to be more on par with the other reactions.
Once in a while we tend to obscure the difference amongst "excellence" and "perfectionism." Yet, excellence is the thing that God needs us to seek after, while perfectionism is troublesome to our spiritual well-being. Excellence comes from God. However, when we read the gospel Christ speaks to us with the words, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This is a troublesome content, most likely, in that it inspires us a nervous confusion. After read it we ask ourselves, “Is perfection feasible for us as individuals living in today’s world?
The word faith is defined as “strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof”(Source). Faith is what drives people to live. Faith provides hope for a better life, it produces a reason for the unexplained. Faith is what drove the Middle ages to be the way it was. The middle ages started off as dark and rough, and humanity was losing hope on a positive outcome.
It is not necessary to champion corrections of every misuse of a Biblical word or term when we are merely conversing with other people. There are times however, when correction is warranted and we should take a stand and speak up. Sometimes the misunderstanding of a word(s) can adversely impact upon someone 's personal Christian experience without their even knowing it. It is the responsibility of a discerning brother or sister to help a younger Christian understand more perfectly the components and benefits of their faith. A good example of this would be the commonly accepted use of the two words "joy" and "happiness".
The puritan rhetoric and conception of love does not in any way match with the normal human way of perceiving love. John Winthrop explains it as it is written in the holy Bible, and also expounds it by the use of his knowledge. His explanation out of the Bible are not however as complicated as those of ordinary people, who believe that love is expensive and one has to buy it from a friend. Winthrop convinces the Christians on the simplicity of love, and later brings them to understand that loving one another is the greatest commandment which has a reward at the end. Unlike the rest of the people who are non believers, Winthrop touches on the aspects of love by quoting different verses from the bible.
When the soul is touched we are softened and our lives become lovelier in ways we can hardly describe. Our prayers become prayers of thanks breathed quietly in the privacy of our own perception of the divine. We metaphysically interpret the Bible writings because we are created as spiritual beings indwelling a physical body, producing a lifetime. We interpret because we are the curiosity of God discovering who we are. We are far more than our finite intellectual mind can comprehend.
Scriptural rambling can bring confusion to younger Christians because they are not equipped yet to follow. However, when it comes to the older Christians, can feed their pride and lead to sin. Collins stated,”the purpose of the sermon is to edify the congregation in their faith, not to convince them that you swallowed a chain reference Bible or a seminary Rolodex.” Therefore, we should only use and teach messages that the congregations can
In some parts of the world, Christians continue to visit other traditional religious practitioners because their new faith seems to lack power to confront the problems that their old faith addressed. Elsewhere, however, local Christians reading the Bible have recognized that God’s power is greater than that of its putative competitors and have learned to pray to God for their various needs. - Concluding Comment Our task is defensive, not offensive descried in Ephesians. We do not defeat Satan, but Christ. Our duty as outlined in Ephesians is to resist Satan, not to remove him.
Numerous people believe that having “In God we Trust” on American currency imposes Christianity on the American Citizens and takes away their right, but these sayings is what lead America to becoming the great country it is today. By keeping God on the American currency and in the national pledge, it will aid as a reminder on how our nation began. Having “In God we Trust” is one of the most controversial topics when discussing religion and the government. Having those four words, represents more than just trusting in God, it serves as a remembrance of what our nation was and how it became the country everyone fancies. This phrase has been a part of America since it was founded.