All our verbal and nonverbal naming should serve God and neighbor.” (P. 29) Verbal and nonverbal should always serve God and the people we influence. “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues” (Proverbs 17:28). Speech equips people “to listen and learn, conduct trade, worship, debate the issues of the day and communicate” (P.12) together.
This case involves a possible violation of the First amendment by Kay Williams, a counselor at Greene County Tech primary school located in Paragould, Arkansas. Mrs. Williams decorated a bulletin board within the school with a nativity scene and included the phrase, “Happy Birthday Jesus.” According to an article written by Chad Miller of the Paragould Press (2011), the school received several complaints about the display. Miller (2011) further stated that Superintendent Jerry Noble contacted Donn Mixon, the schools attorney, who advised the school against leaving the display up. Steve Barnes writes in his article Controversy in Paragould (2011) that Mrs. Williams was at first told to take the bulletin board down.
“The Parable of the Sower” and other related parables in Mark 4 explain how one should listen to the word of God and treat others. Jesus says, “And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit,” (Mark 4) in order to emphasize how the people who accept and understand the word of God and live by it will be saved. Other texts such as Matthew 5-7, emphasize obedience in thought and deed to God. In this text, Jesus interpreted the Ten Commandments in a new way, telling his followers how they should act in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. He said, “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5).
Profoundly, the Bible states, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham 's seed and heirs according to the promise.” (Galatians 3:29) What spiritual values Christians should learn from the spiritual life of Jacob? Like Jacob, Christians must be faithful in keeping God’s covenant, obey Jesus’ teachings (by loving God and neighbor unconditionally). Distinctively, God gave His people the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower them to overcome their weaknesses and expose the deceit of the evil spirits in their lives in order that they can live in righteousness and offer themselves as a living offering to God, which will be their spiritual worship to God (Romans 12:1) ; and finally, they should faithfully give their tithes and offerings to God as a significant aspect of worshipping God.
The topic of religious extremism has been relevant for as long as religion exists. The spread of religious behavior is large, and so are the factors of it. In this work we decided to focus on Christian faith and how it gets adopted by individuals. This confession is very convenient for scientific research because of the distinctive morality of its initial dogma. The concept of love to God and man is associated with selfless behavior and universal acceptance.
In particular, having a connection and close relationship with God, allowed both of this individuals to find meaning and understanding in their existence. In Nightingale’s case, by experiencing various divine interventions, she believed it was her responsibility to be some type of savior for her gender, “…God who commanded her to be a savior and who justified her rebellion against the feminine morality of domestic duty and humble self-sacrifice;” and in such way, Nightingale assimilated a new side to her identity (Showalter 404). This is revealed in Cassandra as she references back to her personal beliefs: “…at last there shall arise a woman, who will resume, in her soul, all the sufferings of her race, and that woman will be the Saviour of her race” (Nightingale 1630). Similarly, Equiano, through his personal narrative, provides an understanding about his conversion to Christianity and the importance of defining himself in terms of this religion. In fact, he becomes so closely associated with his faith and Christian beliefs-
Although the Bible emphasises the sacredness of human life, as being made in the image of God, Joseph Fletcher argues from a Liberal Christian perspective. He argues in his ethical theory that the greatest Agape or love of one’s neighbour is shown to result in certain situations. In the context of euthanasia he would argue that the greatest Christian compassion should be shown to the sufferers in the final stages of terminal illness as well as the greatest Agape for the family, who are also suffering. In this sense, situation ethics seems to support active, voluntary and involuntary euthanasia, as it shows the greatest Christian compassion in the circumstances.
As she experiences and observes these rather unique forms of Christianity, she formulates her own ideas and beliefs about religion and God’s principles based on an enhanced understanding of self and the consequences of various aspects of Christianity. Helen Burns’ Christianity allowed Jane to realize that she can not tolerate such a restrained and passive faith. Mr. Brocklehurst’s Christianity elucidated the purpose of proper faith. Finally, St. John Rivers’ Christianity, which urged Jane to prioritize her moral duties over all else, allowed her to realize that her true aspiration was finding a middle ground between the gratification of emotional needs and the fulfillment of moral obligations. While Christianity allowed Jane to achieve a strong and ethical character, recognizing her spirit as well can be seen as her greatest
He had a true zeal to learn the word of God for himself and pass it on to other. “Luther trusted Christ, and that Christ was with him in his and all people’s suffering; God was accompanying, calling, bringing him and all fellow sufferers into the life of hope and resurrection.” “Most fundamental is the first step, Luther’s teaching that by faith alone we are united with Christ. Protestants loved to talk about “accepting Christ by faith,” which certainly owes a great deal to this fundamental teaching of Luther’s.
Will we choose the evil approach and take out our frustration on those who mistreat us? Will we choose the "spiritually neutral" approach to ignore them and hope things improve? Will we choose the godly approach to pray for them and show love to them that Jesus taught in Matthew 5:44?
McMinn (2012) discusses confession in chapter six. As humans we are all needy people clamoring to a gracious God for forgiveness (McMinn, 2012, p. 193). Thus, confession can be extremely helpful during counseling Americans have opt for other approaches.
In Romans 12:15, Paul writes that believers should “rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep”. This verse demonstrates God’s idea of empathy- which is that we not only recognize what others are feeling but also feel the same and can relate to them in what they are experiencing. Personally, I have found that the more I learn about what God has done for me- the more I can relate to others the way that scripture asks me as a Christian to. Sacrifice is another key in demonstrating empathy because doing something for others always takes some sort of sacrifice and empathy is something that we share with others for others well being.
“I am no more a witch than you are a wizard. If you take my life away, God will give you blood to drink” was quoted by Sarah Good, one of the first witches of the Salem Witch Trials that was speculated to have bewitched Abigail Williams and Elizabeth Parris. This was a common theme in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. There are many theories against Good and her speculated practice of witchcraft. Good was considerably lower in economic status that most of her neighbors and a lot of people accused her of being a witch because of her cited jealousy and envy (something often associated with a witches’ discontent and anger).
Puritans take their beliefs and values very seriously. These ideals are reflected in how they react in certain situations. They are also reflected in their sermons. Jonathan Edwards and Anne Bradstreet are two authors that reflect their Puritan beliefs. Puritans reflect their beliefs and values in their literature, but not all authors reflect them in the same way.