1. The Reformation Position In spite of the common core of Augustinian belief in salvation by grace alone, Roman Catholics and Protestants have strong disagreement over the doctrine of Justification. Catholics believe in the necessity of faith for justification, but Protestants believe in the exclusivity of faith. In fact, the heartcry of the Reformers was “justification by faith alone".
It is an event that one makes a choice to believe, and trust that opens the eternal communication between the sinful creation, and the perfect creator, “Are you ready to accept the gift of eternal life that Jesus is offering you right now? Let's review what this commitment involves: (1) I acknowledge I am a sinner in need of a Savior - this is to repent or turn away from sin. (2) I believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead - this is to trust that Jesus paid the full penalty for my sins. (3) I confess Jesus as my Lord and my God - this is to surrender control of my life to Jesus. (4) I receive Jesus as my Savior forever - this is to accept that God has done for me and in me what He promised.
For instance, Ludwig wrote a hymn affirming that God is one person, not three persons. Church and State Anabaptists advocated the total separation of church and state. This idea distinguished them from all other forms of Christianity in their day. Anabaptists held this position because they were the only group who never had an opportunity to gain political power.
Antinomians attack Puritans regarding the assurance issue “instead of promoting justification by faith, … instilled a deep dependence on legal works of sanctification … The result was rampant legalism and formalism.” (p. 99) Also, Saltmarsh describes “Christ has believed perfectly, … repented perfectly, … obeyed perfectly, [and] mortified sin perfectly.” (p.100)
The second point was not only to prove that using the I-Ching made it essential to understand the connection between Gnostics and Christianity. The third point made is how the this novel is not entirely about a deeper meaning tribute to any other work by Dick, and these other novels need to be compared and contrasted individually. The concept brought up is about how the I-Ching keeps up with the Christian tradition. Do people in general have free will or does fate win out and control people? By the end it is made prevalent that we as a human race need to accept out fate, but as well as put work towards it.
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.
Christian ideology might have been shaped by years of creeds and confessions as it tried to make sense of this incomprehensible Being, yet the basics of these creeds remain fairly faithful to the portrait given by the Bible. God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4) yet speaks of a second person (Exodus 23:20-21) who is equal with God (Philippians 2:6). The Bible also speaks of a third person (Psalm 33:6) who is also equal with God (Job 33:4). Christianity thus believes in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who are separate but equal aspects of the same God. Christians cannot explain the full nature of this Being but will not limit God by saying it is not possible.
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
Orthodox Christianity recognizes that God is both all-powerful and good. The challenge presented to Christianity, however, is if God is both omnipotent and upright, why would he allow evil and suffering in the world? David Hume succinctly writes,
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
These beliefs depend on a fear of God rather than sole worship, as He is portrayed to be a spiteful, all-powerful being. In my teaching, the fear of God was not placed within me. Instead, a deeper trust in God’s saving powers was instilled upon my beliefs, which attempted to draw belief from love rather than fear. God was portrayed as an all-loving being attempting to free us from the control of sin, which quite evidently contradicts the image of a vengeful God. Religion has shaped the way the
God manifests himself in what Christians regard as true and in our daily actions. C.S Lewis outlines in Book Two of Mere Christianity what we, as Christians, believe and why we have come to these conclusions. He explains opposition to Christianity and how we must quell the outbursts of non-believers. Using succinct and simple language he not only legitimizes God’s existence but His effect on humanity.
The style was known to be extremely spiritual, more realistic, and emotional. Catholics encouraged this art style because of their fight against the Protestant reformation hoping they it would return art to its traditional religious roots. Though I could not find any specific reason why Paolo made this art, I would assume it had something to do with the Protestant Reformation going around during this time. A social issue within the church which created a dynamic divide between those who believed salvation was granted by good works and those who believed salvation was attained by faith. The Protestants, the leaders of this movement who believed in salvation through faith, hoped to reform the Roman Catholic Church.
Calvin cared about the condition of the church, he wrote about the Christian life and being one with Christ; death of the old man (mortification) and walking in newness of life, referred to as being born again. (Vivification) Calvin shares that the Holy Spirit plays a significant part being the “link or connection.” Calvin’s teachings from Matthew 16:24, addresses self-denial, carrying the cross, and following the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. John Calvin wanted the people of God to repent, live holy, deny self, and experience that intimate relationship with the Father; His will, and walking in obedience. He put a lot of emphasis on the work of the Holy Spirit to lead one into biblical truths.