The end of the 18th Dynasty came an extensive alteration to the religious and political structure of New Kingdom Egypt. This was due to the transition of Kingly leadership from Amenhotep III to Akhenaten. The succession of his father was following a 40-year reign of divine peace and prosperity, and after attaining a large sum of wealth and power Akhenaten made a dramatic decision to shift from the traditional origins of polytheism to monotheism. This attempted religious reform, also came along with many drastic political moves and statements. This diplomatic correspondence can be seen extensively throughout the Amarna Letters with exchanges between Egypt and several other surrounding locations such as Babylonia, Hatti and Assyria. These letters
In this past century, allegations concerning the organization known as the Masons, admit promptly that Baphomet exists as a pagan fertility god; whereby they claim the Freemasonry believe in its early satanic teachings, (still, most believe this exists as a falsified accusation). Conversely, Kenneth Grant, the leader of its major dominant occult/Masonic institute in the world (the Ordo Templi Orientis-Order of Eastern Templar), distinctly states that Baphomet actually means Bapho-Mitras-son of Mithras; which existed as the bull-god (Bull = Baal?), worshipped in the Old Testament.
Rain of God? Religion has been a controversial topic for people with conflicting beliefs regarding a spiritual figure. Some authors today tend to stay away from the topic of religion fearing criticism from readers who disagree with their religious beliefs. Victor Villaseñor’s book, Rain of Gold is a non-fictional book that looks at the progression of the lives of Lupe and Juan who originated in Mexico. The book begins with Villaseñor describing the harsh condition in Mexico during a war that forced Lupe and Juan’s family to a journey to the United States.
In Marjane Satrapi’s book Persepolis, We see Marji change drastically with her choices in religion and beliefs. She becomes so intertwined in the revolution that she loses track of her dreams of becoming a prophet. Once the war has begun Marji merges herself into the whole situation. As she grows up Marji wants to fit in with the westernize society since in Iran the war has seized her freedom. This causes Marjane to take her own path without realizing many of the consequences. In the story, we witness Marji’s contribution to religion then altering to an independent mutineer like rebel.
In various works of literature, numerous characters have found solace in believing divine figures. Commonly because said characters have experienced hardships within their personal lives. All of which, could be harmful to one 's mental health. Especially, when one lacks emotional support from her/him peers. Nevertheless, one’s faith in God, tends to give individuals strength to carry on because in countless cultures, God is considered being a symbol of guidance, which serves to people in need.
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.
“Where did the universe come from? Why are we here?” What is to become of us? Such questions have traditionally been answered by appeal to the supernatural. From time immemorial, the workings of the natural world have been attributed to supernatural beings (Gods),” (Schick 2013, 432).
Francis Schaeffer and James W. Sire present a views of the universe that reflects judeo-scripture in their works. They describe the ideas that God created the universe to be good, and that God continues to oversee and Shepard all that lies within it. God did not simply form the earth with aimless intentions. He had an eternal detailed plan for all He created and would create, and all that He made had a good and holy purpose. In Genesis in Space and Time, Schaeffer conveys it as, “A doxology of all creation-everything glorifying God on its own level” (56).
He received a B.A. degree from Philander Smith College in Arkansas in 1958, a B.D. degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1961, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University in 1963 and 1965, respectively. He taught theology and religion at Philander Smith College, Adrian College in Michigan, and beginning in 1970 at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was awarded the distinguished Charles A. Briggs Chair in systematic theology in 1977. He taught theology and religion at Philander Smith College, Adrian College in Michigan, and beginning in 1970 at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he was awarded the distinguished Charles A. Briggs Chair in systematic theology in 1977. The thesis of this book is that one's social and historical context decides not only the questions 2 we address to God but also the mode or form of the
Misunderstandings and faulty ideas are direct results of human reasoning digesting and misinterpreting ideas. Knowledge, in short, fuels reasoning. External concepts are taken in, where human reasoning then extrapolates and comprehends the knowledge. But what we take in from our senses can be misleading. Petrarch expresses in a faithful, crystalline, and unclouded Christian manner that he may not be able to trust ideas from the outside, but “it is He in whom I can trust” (101).
Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.ucc.idm.oclc.org/stable/1465226 Hinnells, J. R., 2010. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. In: J. R. Hinnells, ed. The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion. s.l.:London ; New York : Routledge, pp. 5-19.
At times we at dilemma or in difficulty then help comes for us in a mysterious way. Majority of us might have experienced this and exclaim that second in joy “God’s ways are mysterious. I have got full faith in god now”. God always exists before us we always search for god. “He is closer to us than our breath , nearer than our hands and feet what we taste ,small and feel” is god.