A common questioning of a higher power beyond the physical realm lingers in society: Who and what is God?. However, many of these theological questions cannot be answered until we, of course, die. Due to human’s innate curiosity to understand the forces beyond their own, especially in terms of religion, humans find their own reasons to believe in God in the process of discovery. Religion is a sense of belief and worship to praise a higher power (God), and it provides a guide for human beings to have the opportunity to come together and live as one image of God’s children. “Imagine There’s No Heaven” is an article in which Salman Rushdie, the author, presents an atheistic view where religion is pointless, and a higher being is non-existent.
Every society strives to be perfect, but the truth is most cannot make the sacrifices necessary to achieve perfection. Every society contains too much conflict since different people's’ views and emotions are constantly clashing with each other. These conflicts are the reason why a utopian society cannot be created. In order to have a perfect society, everyone in that society has to have similar motives to eliminate conflicting ideals. Societies have to be willing to sacrifice certain traits, such as emotions and the truth to obtain perfection, but first, they must ask themselves, “is it really worth giving up these traits?” In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, he uses Christian symbolism and Shakespearian allusions to portray to the reader that it is not worth sacrificing the truth for a “happy utopian society”.
Martin Luther lists the Ten Commandments, top among them the commandment against idolatry. Idolatry, according to the book, means having a wrong and false trust which translates to not serving the right God. I find Luther’s interpretation of idolatry insightful, particularly his analysis of the first commandment as demanding sole trust in God without ever seeking any other god. Luther further adds that idolatry goes beyond erecting and worshiping images to trusting, seeking, and pursuance of help and consolation from sources other than God. This interpretation widens the scope of idolatry beyond the common perspective of the practice, an interpretation I find enlightening and which introduces a new dimension to the understanding of the practice of idolatry.
Scobie is impelled by his own moral commitment to defy the conventions of his Church and to challenge its sacred doctrines. Scobie’s relationship with his God becomes more direct and immediate-almost intimate-when it is stripped of the conventional formulas of religion. A dialogue develops between them. Scobie is beginning to see Christ as a direct victim of his own sins. His sense of fatherhood is extended and universalized to a point where even God becomes a vulnerable, exposed being, in need of protection.
As I mentioned earlier I have need felt like any of my teachers have forced anything on me but they have challenged me to think about what I believe. This has moved me to think about God in different ways. Some of those ways are not how a lot people want to think about God. I am not saying that thinking about in these different ways have changed my view on totally but they have caused me to examine them to see if they are true. In some ways this challenging of my faith has cause me to praise God more and in others it has caused my relationship with God to be hindered.
Religiously polarizing is the act of finding the disagreements in religious beliefs and on that basis separate ourselves from those of differing beliefs. It is the idea of moving to opposite ends of a spectrum. People are religiously polarizing especially between secularism and individual spirituality. For example Religious humanists claim to be associated with an Ethical Culture Society, a Society for Humanistic Judaism or a Unitarian Universalist Church. They are note "nones".
The Gnostics taught knowledge. They knew that if a person knew knowledge, not only would it transform him but it would also set him apart from others to a degree. But no amount of knowledge is worth anything if you don’t apply it to your life. As cited in Gnostics by Andrew Smith: “True knowledge is direct, personal knowing, acquaintance, recognition, familiarity with God as one might know an ideal father or mother or friend or lover.” The physical or matter is a world that is deceptive by nature. The body is a rug or a coat that has been pulled over the spirit, and the soul to blind you from the truth.
James 4:17 tells us, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.” (KJV) God teaches what is right or wrong while we make our own decisions, but God had enlightened and it is up to us how we respond. Convictions that are contrary to the Holy Spirit can cause division in the church. Paul told the people of Cen΄chre-a΄ in Romans 16:17, “ Now I beseech thee brethren, mark those which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” (KJV) Dr. Dale A. Robbins (victorious.org) explains in his book that ‘we may not be able to stop offensive things from happening, but by applying God’s principles, you can stop them from hurting you.’ Knowing and applying the word of God brings peace to those who want peace. Proverbs 6:16-19 tell us there are six things the Lord hates but seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devised wicked plans, feet that are swift in running in evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. This scripture speaks loudly to the different types of convictions discussed above.
What if it is not our job to carry out this penalty, and it is God’s job to do the judging and penalizing. Since we must choose, I believe most people would argue against the death penalty under Religious Ethics. As a Christian, we are taught to often forgive those that sin against us. Forgiveness is a very strong theme throughout the Bible, and I believe that under religious ethics, most would believe that we need to leave it up to God to make those decisions, it is unethical for us to play God. Lastly, Dual-life value Ethics would
This trend always accelerates in times when Faith is weakened and religion comes under attack. This allows the anti-Christian forces the opportunity to challenge church authority, ridicule their values and create open mistrust of the clergy. Rather than focus on unpopular decisions and the weakness of a few human representatives of the church, the faithful must always keep their eyes fixed on Christ himself. We should take comfort that when God offers such guiding principles; faith in him will provide the way. When people become poor in spirit and renounce or abandon their trust in their faith, they become subject to a loss of their own personal free will.
Everything I learned there was gone. I felt like I entered into a new world with much curiosity. Jenny Longfellow: I know this is frustrating and when we feel helpless and out of control in situations, especially when they involve our loved ones, we get angry and don’t know what to do. When we start to understand who God really is by reading his word, we start to understand why we are here, and who we are living for...not ourselves but Him. This all makes sense.
You are confusing the definitions of apologists and scholars. The apologists only goal is to defend his opinion. Not to pass on knowledge that I believe is an evangelist 's job. No, you are confusing a term with its application; a Christian apologist is first and foremost an evangelist. Your analogy is also slightly off track.
One of the hardest questions for a Christians is is there such thing as a Just War and are Christians allowed to fight . You must carefully search the scriptures for truth and you must interpret the scripture with discernment. Sometimes as a reader, it can be easy to accept an author’s interpretation, but instead you must check the scripture for yourself. Christians are allowed to fight in wars and bear arms according to scripture . Just War, what does it really mean?
Knowledge is just learning. People will feel uncomfortable if they know the depth of that particular subject. Once you know the root, bottom of a subject then you do not feel uncomfortable. In the article "Salvation,” author Langston Hughes shows that a child got negatively impacted from forcing religion. At the beginning of the article, his aunt and a great many old people told him that he could see and hear Jesus.