According to his text, God is simply an illusion that does not exist. It is a human desire to, when overwhelmed by the complexity of the world, to worship something. “Science emancipates us from that desire”, Dawkins
In the Protestant system it is a single act of God, followed by sanctification. It is based upon the merits of Christ, conditioned by faith, and manifested by good works. Luther’s doctrine of justification by faith was the key insight that sparked the Reformation. He began to teach and preach in accordance with his new understanding of the Book of Romans. He gradually began to realize that something was seriously wrong with the Catholic system, which emphasized meritorious works, penance, prayer to the saints, relics, indulgences, and so on, rather than simple faith in Jesus
In crafting his highly effective sermon, Edwards utilizes his authority as a man of God and as an interpreter of the scriptures, a logical and direct organization of arguments, and violent imagery to convince his audience of the vengeance of God against man. Jonathan Edwards begins his sermon by quoting
He explains that change can seem overwhelming and even threatening at times, which is why he wants Christians to have deep roots and dive in deeper into the grace of the gospel. Piper’s thesis is to show that the bloodlines of race do not matter when compared to the deep bloodline of Christ (227). He points out a pivotal problem that humans are alienated from God, and in doing so, are alienated from each other (227). A key way of looking at this is remembering that when people fail to love God, they fail to love others which causes disharmony, pride, and
The second word in the statement ‘us’, proves 2 separate beings… not one. The statement itself; to make man in God’s image, if there were three entities that made this omnipotent creator who he was, wouldn’t man be made up the same? No humans of any religious domination claim themselves to be a trinity! The strongest argument against the dogmatic doctrine of the trinity comes from the Gospel according to Matthew, 3rd chapter verses 15 through 17, when Jesus was baptized. The Gospel clearly states when Jesus was baptized, the heavens were opened, the Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove upon Jesus, and the voice of God came from the sky claiming “This is my ‘son’, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased”.
Tertullian said, “Faith and reason are as different as day and night, theology and philosophy should not be mixed together” (Kerr, p. 39). He understood philosophy to be worldly, inconstant and destructive to Christian faith (Kerr, p. 40). In Tertullian’s The Rule of Faith, he states: “Christ laid down one definite system of truth which the world must believe without qualification, and which we must seek precisely in order to believe it when we find it” (Kerr, p. 41). Tertullian exerted for purity and focus in seeking God’s truth, once this truth was discovered there was no need to look further (Kerr, p. 41). Justin Martyr tried to convince them that the great Hebrew thinkers were wiser philosophers; he even attempted to show that the prophets
Calvin was influenced by humanists. The preaching idea of Calvin is that the preaching becomes revelation when if God agrees to add to it the Holy Spirit. The Spirit does not speak anything that has not already been said in the scripture. Preaching can be called as the Word of God only by the preaching expounds and interpret the Bible. He sensed very low level for human activity in preaching.
However, Victor was a neglectful creator; he rejected his creation--his Adam--and in the monster’s quest for affection and happiness, the monster became a fallen angel. To demonstrate the theme of the responsibility of a creator to his creation, Shelley uses an indirect metaphor to describe how Frankenstein’s ambition caused his downward spiral--the inception of which was the birth of his creation. Victor only exacerbated the issue by abandoning the monster both physically and psychologically. According to the text,
However, the negative effect comes later in the Second World War. What was the cause of Germany’s great loss? Some of the reasons were his powerful and inhumane mistakes. Whatever he has done remains in the history. What does that tell us about power?
However, the Bible commands man to only worship the one true God and not to worship worldly things. As the book progresses, Shelley’s view of nature slowly comes out; she seems to think nature can be explained by natural examples. The author’s view of nature does not go with the Bible view of it, clearly showing where Shelley’s worldview lies. While Frankenstein may seem like an ordinary mystery novel, the author’s meaning behind it goes much deeper. The book raises questions concerning the power of God, the characteristics of mankind, and man’s view of nature.