Who Christ is whether he was divine human or something in between has been the cause of controversy through the centuries with many denying or minimizing his living fleshy, bodily incarnation or deity as God or the same substance as God. During Jesus lifetimes Pharisees, Sadducees and the lay did not not readily attribute to deity to Jesus. Some groups such as Pharisees and Sadducees perceived Jesus’ claims to deity as blasphemous and used these claims along with maleficent false accusations as a cause to persecute and murder him. A few years later the apostle John in his epistles to the Church is defending the fleshly incarnation of Christ against critics and those who wish to detract from the complete incarnation of Christ. In the following several centuries there were other controversies surround who Christ was such as Nestorianism, Apollinarianism, and Arianism.
The slaves that snuck away to hold religious services were severely punished or sent away to another plantation. Owners felt that by allowing their slaves to practice or be converted to Christianity would make the slaves think they were better than. The owners that refused to force or even allow their slaves to convert also believed that there possibly were legal complications in allowing slaves to be Christians. Based on laws by the British owners thought if the slaves were baptized, then they would have to be freed. This prompts laws being passed in 1706 changed to reflect that just because slaves were baptized they had to be freed.
So they decided to side with Luther since they thought he proved their demands worked alongside the scripture,” In response, they rebelled. Luther was not in agreement with with the Peasants because, “They were trying to prove their point themselves and be the dictators of their own decisions. They were also Christian, but did not use the Christian name for a good purpose.” Lohse(55) He disagreed with the Upper class because of their policy and oppression, which was the cause of unfairness to the peasants. Another aspect, was by translating the bible, there became a need for education. Martin translated the
Isaiah 53 When studying the bible, you can find that there is not place in all the Old Testament is it so plainly and fully prophesied. That Christ would have to suffer, and then to enter into his glory, as in this chapter. But to this day few discern, or will acknowledge, that Divine power which goes with the word. The authentic and most important report of salvation for sinners, through the Son of God, is disregarded. The low condition he submitted to, and his appearance in the world, were not agreeable to the ideas the Jews had formed of the Messiah.
In addition, Protestantism helped a lot during this movement because its belief is that God saved everyone by His faith to Jesus Christ, himself. Martin Luther was strict about these rules of the Protestant Reformation. He felt that people should confess their sins, and depending on how bad the sin is, he thinks that God should judge it. Simultaneously, he didn’t believe that “indulgences,” or state of satisfaction, can pay off the price for one’s sin because he believes that it is not holy nor righteous (“Martin Luther”). In the end, this movement was spread to many countries of Europe such as Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and many
Thomas Pain’s catalytic words of the modern theology Thomas Pain argues for a more individualistic form of monotheism while the puritans believe that only their god should be prayed to. The puritan religion was unique from the rest of the world because they held the Sabbath in true Old Testament fashion. Thomas in his last offering to his fellow citizens of all nations does not hold back his religious believes in this very unpopular (at the time) literature. He states “In the general wreck of superstition, “false systems of government and false theology, we lose sight of morality, of humanity and of the theology that is true.” (653) At first this was very hard for people to accept until long after Thomas had passed, over time people had
The New England colonies were best known for being the place where Puritan religious reformers and their followers settled. The Puritans were a Protestant Christian group that believed in strict moral and religious codes and the reform of the Church of England. Due to the strict laws put into place in England, the Puritans were unable to follow through their efforts to reform the Church and many faced oppression and discrimination during that time. The Puritans saw an irredeemably corrupt Church of England so many followed John Winthrop to Massachusetts to establish their own community. On the other hand, New France was known for its fur trading and missionary work.
At this point, religion and politics were closely tied and by being the only ones to understand the bible, the church held monopoly-like rights to the ‘true’ interpre-tation of the bible. These rights were being challenged worldwide, and more notably by Mar-tin Luther. Due to the pressure the church received from individuals such as Luther, they had to secure their interpretation as the correct one. Therefore, it could be argued that plays such as Everyman were staged to portray rightful Christianity, now what is know as Catholicism. Peasants needed plays in order to worship God in the right manner, since they simply could not understand what was being preached at sermons.
Michael Servetus denied that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. In addition, he denied the idea of paedobaptism, which in turn, furthered him from the Catholic and Protestant churches. Before coming to this heretical belief, Michael Servetus became involved with Protestant leaders and was even a Protestant himself but that all changed. Once he began to write and publish books, it was all downhill from there. His books were analyzed by the Caltholic Church and that is when they condemned him as a heretic.
By shedding light on areas that need addressing, Russell rightly stirred a great deal of controversy and disagreement. Frequently, our man-made traditions, behaviors, and actions within a religion are wrongly designated as holy, but as we often say in class, “absolute power corrupts absolutely”; this is very evident in the watering down of Christian tradition through the power-grabbing tendencies of human nature. However, as in any aspect of life, if we are not willing to look into the parts of ourselves that need improvement, we will never grow. Though I may disagree with his broad categorization of Christians, I agree that his points are valid and definitely give the Christian faith a great deal to consider and work to improve
Religion is of great importance to many Americans, and many take pride in their beliefs and faith; however, sadly, religion can also arouse setbacks and conflicts. Many cases in today’s society have fallen under this problem, and their resolution is not always simple, as many factors are involved, such as public opinions and legal, constitutional rights. One of these cases has been the Vanderbilt case, where the Christian Legal Society (CLS) was prohibited from incorporating certain phrases, such as, “the group’s leaders should believe in the bible and in Jesus Christ as their lord and savior” (Paulsen), in their club’s Constitution. It also interdicted the club’s leaders from “lead[ing] Bible studies, prayer and worship” ("Vanderbilt University:
“At the heart of the battle lies the question of whether the United States was formed as a “Christian nation” — as many conservatives contend — or whether the Founding Fathers meant to build a high wall of separation between church and state.” (Billitteri 1) Although it is not, many people believe that America is a Christian Nation. “President Obama outraged conservatives when he declared, “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or Muslim nation” but a “nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.” (Billitteri 1) A big question that is wondered is how much of the U.S. is Christian or believes in God? According to the article “Was the United States Founded as a ‘Christian Nation?’,” Around 70 percent of America is Christian. If 70 percent of America is Christian, then that makes Christianity one of the most common religions of the U.S. “A 2007 survey by the First Amendment Center found that 65 percent of Americans believe the Founders intended the United States to be a Christian nation and that 55 percent think the Constitution establishes a Christian nation.” (Billitteri
HB 1523 is discriminatory in that it singles out a select group of people, and it is contradictory to claims that it protects the religious rights of Christians. The only religious right of a Christian is to love God and his fellow man, and HB 1523 protects neither of those rights. The bill is little more than a cynical and biased shell game perpetuated by selective beliefs that are anything but Christian. The very idea that such a bill could surface in what a growing number of Mississippians were beginning to hope and believe was an enlightened 21st Century shows cynicism and bigotry in the religious ranks and state legislature is alive and well in the state. If HB 1523 was truly intended to protect the religious rights of Christians against being forced to do business with sinners, why didn’t the Mississippi legislature include adultery,