Another one of Anselm’s ideas was the divine nature of God. Since God is the greatest thing that one can imagine, He therefore exists and is omnipotent. This also concludes that God “must be just, self-existent, invulnerable to suffering, merciful, timelessly eternal, non-physical, non-composite, and so forth. For if he lacked any of these qualities, he would be less than the greatest conceivable being, which is impossible” (Saint Anselm). There isn’t much of standard for how one would be considered the highest or greatest since everyone has different ideals and sees the world differently.
During this time, the pilgrim began to experience the positive benefits that he had hoped to achieve by engaging in ceaseless prayer. He was able to experience the direct revelation of the spirit and achieve a profound sense of personal ecstasy. This specific portion of the strannik’s story illustrates an important fact that all Christian’s must comprehend: making sacrifices and engaging in difficult practices (i.e. the Jesus Prayer) will eventually result in profound spiritual reward. I have come to realize that periods of spiritual stagnancy do not necessarily connote lazy or a disunity with Christ.
The love of God gives one the ability to reach and expand beyond their human expectations. Compassion and love for people originate from having a relationship with the Father. No matter where you find yourself in love, God is the answer. After reading about the trials and tribulations of the author, it makes you realize and understand the truth about submitting your will onto a true and living God who can take you further than your intellect can image. Recognizing and understanding has become an important fact as I continue to embark upon this journey.
The argument of free will always seems to fall back on how much blame humans can put on God for their mistakes. However, the most comforting argument typically seems to be the one that provides the most forgiveness and understanding of human nature. Perhaps humans are all born with flaws and they have to go through life attempting to make up for them. There is also the possibility that eternal peace will be granted only if one truly chooses God, regardless if the religion deems them worthy. At the end, the only thing that matters is what one believes in, because there’s no way to know which religion got it “right.” The only thing people can do is live a good life regardless of their flaws, accept that death is inevitable, and that everyone will eventually find out what comes
To understand why Jesus had to suffer for our sins it is important to realize that the result of the cross is ultimately forgiveness, or taking someone’s debt upon oneself. God’s nature is more complicate than many people believe. He is willing to forgive but not push aside the issue and ignore it because he is merciful but also
How do we return Christianity to a place of relevancy in our world? By doing all things with love (1 Corinthians 16:14). We Christians claim that our words and actions are always “out of love”, but given the state of the world today and Christianity’s place in it, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Christians have somehow come to the assumption that anytime we stand up for what we believe is right, regardless of how we stand up - be it using physical violence or hate speech, that as long as we have the right intention then people should just understand our motive. Even if we believe that our motive in condemning and attacking that transgender person in the bathroom is pure, we are being hypocritical Christians who are not abiding by Romans 12:21, ““Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” but rather perverting its
C. S. Lewis noted: "We need intimate knowledge of the past. Not that the past has any magic about it, but because we cannot study the future, and yet need something to set against the present." The journey of the Church was changed for the better, due to the aftermath of Martin Luther’s Thesis. Luther believed in a more active role of Christians in their walk with God and that the rules set by the Catholic Church were not based from Biblical rules that are required of them. From the time of Jesus, the search for the freedom to worship freely had been a struggle, with many followers of Jesus losing their life.
Edwards makes the claim that typically showing too high of an affection would speak to it being false, however with love things are a little more complicated. “But will any Christian say, men ought not to love God and Jesus Christ in a high degree” (150)? Next, he looks at the effects of affections on the body (one’s actions), the way one speaks about their faith, the strength of one’s spirit, and finally on one’s knowledge of scripture. Through these, he asserts that none of these filters, so to speak, serve as a way to effectively judge one’s true faith (152-153). In the third section, Edwards turns his focus to the best ways to distinguish between true and false affections.
With love in your heart you will speak well and with understanding spirit your marriage will become enviable and honorable. Love does not speak evil, provocative, unkind, or abusive words, but soothing, encouraging, faith building, peaceful and joy producing language. Love does not misunderstand another as to act foolishly or to fight destructively. Love bears all things, endures all things, and faithfully believes that all things work together for good to
Influencing everything that citizens do. They also c) What are the main differences between Jewish and Christian belief? • Judaism does not recognize Jesus was the Messiah, strongly deny that He was a prophet. He was just an excellent teacher, a human because he cannot save souls but God can. Unlike Christianity, believes Jesus Christ is Messiah and the God.
This concept of having a buffet style (take what you want, leave the rest) Christianity is not something new. But how many of us struggle with it and don’t realize it? Sometimes, we go through the bible or we attend service, and pick and choose what exactly we desire. If the apostle Paul wasn’t afraid to proclaim the “whole counsel of God...”(Acts 20:27), then does that mean we are only expected to observe some of it and some of the time? Peter in 2 Peter 1:3 informs us as Christians we have been given by God “All things pertaining to life and godliness.” There’s nothing that God has instructed his Body, his bride, the Church, that is okay to not apply to your life.
Derrick is not identified of the American Indian Heritage and is not eligible for membership. Derrick values close intention relationships. He also appreciated when people take a stand on things and have a real understanding of what right and wrong is. Derrick is Christian and acknowledges that God is his authority and creator of life. Family is also extremely important to Derrick and he values a strong family connection.
The Puritans believe in their religion very strongly. 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
. Christians believe, “Each of us has a different purpose, but we are to live by God’s word and spread his word of salvation” (Dunn, 2015, pg. 3). “Man 's value and purpose are seen in his or her ability to leave a positive impact on others and the world around them” (Weider & Gutierrez, 2014. pg. 68).