I have been able to take some ideas or understanding from each theologian presented within chapter four, but the section in chapter six on process Theology was very bitter for me. Cobb as well as the other theologians within this area of process theology creates in me a belief that process theology is heresy! I say this because it seems as if they have rendered God as an inept babbling idiot with no control over a universe gone out of control topped off with their complete denial of Jesus Christ’s divinity is a hard pill to lump. This sounds like junk you would hear in an introduction to philosophy class taught at a secular university, not the collection of thoughts from men who have studied the sacred scripture. As the Apostle John said in 1 John 2:22-23 NASB “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
The idea that Jesus was a mythological and nonexistent dissipated as the twentieth century came about and is barely believed anymore. People who do claim this usually have no real understanding of the evidence presented and can be categorized into two main groups, New agers saying that Christianity is another form of paganism, and anti-Christian atheists using historical "evidence" to compromise Christianity. Most of the “convincing” arguments people have for a mythological Jesus are actually very weak. Such as one like: There are no contemporary accounts or mentions of Jesus, but there should be, so he can 't have existed. Back then they didn 't have things like birth certificates and such like we do today so many people back then that are even more famous than Jesus, such
How do we return Christianity to a place of relevancy in our world? By doing all things with love (1 Corinthians 16:14). We Christians claim that our words and actions are always “out of love”, but given the state of the world today and Christianity’s place in it, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Christians have somehow come to the assumption that anytime we stand up for what we believe is right, regardless of how we stand up - be it using physical violence or hate speech, that as long as we have the right intention then people should just understand our motive. Even if we believe that our motive in condemning and attacking that transgender person in the bathroom is pure, we are being hypocritical Christians who are not abiding by Romans 12:21, ““Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Over the course of history, many have struggled to accept the Holy Bible due to the belief of many contradictions within it. A contradiction is a series of ideas or statements that are opposed to each other at the same time or in the same sense. Many alleged contradictions exist solely because the writers of the Gospel are more like painters than photographers since the Bible was written in their own perspectives. Genesis 22:2 contains one of the many contradictions in the Bible. In this passage, God instructs Abraham to sacrifice his son on the altar, but yet God also forbids human sacrifice.
I had so little hope that to me it seemed as if even the one we worshipped viewed us as lesser beings. As we were in a church, it seemed only appropriate that comments about God were made. But I don’t think anyone was prepared for what Garrison said. He instilled new hope in us, in the form of the religion we practice and the God we worship. Not only did he state that his abolitionism was identical to God’s law, but he defied all social norms and directly went after churches, repeating that the ones who advocate for slavery are atheistical, and Christians who believe that one man may be enslaved by another are believers of the devil.
Most people he says, are too weak to tolerate the burden of free will. As the outcome, he says that “the one who questioned you then,” sense Satan, was right and Christ was wrong. Ivan believes that mankind is not competent to handle the magnificent trouble of free will, and should have given a leader to obey
Ex-votos inhabited in the Catholic church for sacrifices or offerings, and were placed in sanctuary of churches. This was problematic because many criticized they were forms of idols and idolatry. Many of the ex-votos that were given before the church were body parts or special possessions of the person who brought them forward. The critics of this practice claimed that “[God] wants our hearts and our minds; he does not go searching for images of wax” which is why they attempted to steer people away from this practice of offering wax pieces of the body to the church as a resemblance of offering it to God (Holmes 159). It also took up space within the sanctuary where people would go to practice their faith and worship God.
Nowhere in The Natural History of Religion does Hume’s explicitly speak in favor of atheism (perhaps due to the fear of persecution at the time), and yet, I would categorize this work as atheist. Hume strategically places monotheism or “theism” in contention with polytheism, leading the reader to assume that one would eventually prevail, but instead, he picks apart at both until readers are left questioning their own faith and wondering what a more rational alternative might be. In sections 1-5, Hume discusses polytheism and its origin. In sections 6-8, Hume discusses how we transition from polytheism to monotheism, and finally, in sections 9-15, he compares and contrasts the two, pointing out weaknesses and flaws in both. Throughout the book,
That is because acceptance is not a must but it is in fact and accomplishment. Joseph Smith founded the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the 1800s. However, due to lack of acceptance Smith followers, known as Mormons, were persecuted by traditional Christian denominations. These Christians sole purpose for their persecution was their lack of acceptance for Mormonism’s teaching; instead they deemed the teachings “unconventional and unacceptable in American society” (Koppelman, 2017).
The founders understood the messy history of other countries that did not have this separation. If there was no divide, many secular laws might be compromised by the Church because of its moral beliefs and regulations. Even with our country’s separation, there are still battles today on the subject. Some people believe that because the country was founded on Christian principles that Christians should have preference over other religions. Recently some political candidates argued that Syrian refugees should not be allowed in the country unless they pass a religious test.
A surprising dissimilarity between this gospel and the canonized gospels is absence of the crucifixion scene in the Gospel of Judas. The gospel ends abruptly with Judas betrayal of Jesus which created tension between the emerging orthodox church and the Gnostics. There is no account of death or resurrection in this gospel because the body is unimportant since it dies and it is the spirit that lives. On the contrary, New Testament gospels depict Jesus’ death and resurrection as the means of salvation. In this view, the body dies and is resurrected by God because the physical body is held in high regard.
For me though my worldview is also a weakness for me, I tend to be very heartless towards this world for all that it has done to itself and continues to do daily. I don’t feel sympathy for people and I don’t care what happens to people around the world if it doesn’t affect me directly. I think that my Christian world view is very like many others in the fact that I believe in God and I believe in what he teaches, but I also believe that in our world not all the truth is given to the world for fear of chaos which is
Throughout the development of the Roman Empire, the idea of paganism held the empire together because it allowed many people to still worship their gods and assimilate into society. Julian, a paganistic emperor, saw that the public ceremonies done by the empire played a major role in unifying its Roman citizens, but Christianity prevented that by promoting private worship. However, Eusebius believed that Christianity benefitted the empire and used Constantine’s mission reunite the empire as an example of what positives Christianity would bring to the Roman Empire. Despite Christianity appearing to be popular after its legalization, Julian and Eusebius’s beliefs differ in a way that prevents them from seeing eye to eye proving that Christianity
Nathanial Turner was a slave that lived from 1800 to 1831. According to legend, his mother was so determined not to subject him to a life of slavery that she tried to kill him as soon as he was born. She was tied to her bed and held away from him until she calmed down. After that brief moment, however, Nat’s mother lavished love and affection on him. While Nat was very young, his parents and grandmother searched his head and body for bumps and marks that were, in African religion and folklore, signs of prophecy.