Turning points were created for the sake of the religion and all were done to either make a change or to either prove a point to the people. There would be much less conflict and chaos if people were open minded and willing to hear the different points of views from both sides of the religion instead of being offensive and judgemental. The divide originated from misconception and false statements, there was misconception of the world that took place and ultimately caused serious damage to the church. For Example, There should be some sort of equality between the secular and spiritual so that they have equal rights to their needs and no one need is greater than the other.
He further stressed the religious teachings, practices and attitudes comes secondly. In true sense the experiences are mainly the true religion. • “James analyzed forms of experience including conversion, prayer and saintliness • He viewed conversion as a transformation from a divided or imperfect self (unhappy, conscious of being wrong) to a more unified
It is important to read religious language symbolically because, in addition to pointing outside of itself (as all language does), religious language also participates in a larger tradition of meaning making and connection with the holy. When religious symbols are taken literally, “as the holy” rather than “pointing to the holy”, people fall into idolatry and lose sight of the larger purpose of religion, which is allowing us imminent being to connect with the transcendent by opening us to alternate layers of reality. While I agree with Tillich’s argument about “demonizing symbols,” I disagree with the core of his distinction between symbols and signs. According to Tillich, symbols are different than signs because they participate “in the reality
When reading the collection of books “Confessions,” it becomes clear the Saint Augustine struggles immensely with the uncertainty of his faith. It is quite apparent that his purpose is to seek God and accept him into his life however possible, while also suggesting others to the same. Perhaps Augustine was attempting to fill a missing piece or a void throughout his life, or maybe he was undergoing certain issues in his relationships with others that he believed God could help provide guidance for. Whatever the reason, he was in search of some stability from God and religion. ‘Confessions’ is extremely well known throughout history due to its extensive insight into the comprehension of God’s mercy that is shown.
In terms of religion agreeing with this project, conformity would bring in standard rules and laws (beliefs) for all. This agreement between religion and scientific/technological advancement may show those who are in the process of creating this normality project that they may be going to the wrong path. Bringing all to conformity will induce narrow-minded behaviors as all have the same exact sets of beliefs; complete standardization, even through emotion. Sounds very similar to the societal structure in
I am a firm believer that every event – both positive and negative – happens for a reason. However, I will often allow my relationship with others affect my relationship with God. If I cannot trust those closest to me, how am I supposed to expect the same of
There were many things in President Benson’s talk that were harsh and hard to hear, I don’t want to be prideful to those I love or anyone. There were so many quotes in this talk that gave me much reflection, one of them was “If we love God, do His will, and fear His judgment more than men’s, we will have self-esteem as Christ wants to lift us to where He is, Do we desire to do the same for others?” In our other readings from Goddard’s book “Drawing Heaven into Marriage”, repentance is what keeps us humble and President Benson points out that humility and meekness are antidotes to pride. If my marriage was free of pride or the many faces of pride, I would truly have a Heavenly Marriage.
The word conviction expresses a strong belief about an opinion of a matter. We all have opinions but when our desire to impress upon others our belief and nothing less, we are being convicted. The things that convict me and my belief may not be the same for others; especially, opinions concerning church denominational belief. Someone of a different denomination may receive Communion differently than I do, but the bottom line is, we still participate in the holy ceremony. Baptism or sprinkling is another area in which spiritual conviction prevails and depending on denomination, may have biblical references.
Most religions doctrinally and dogmatically oppose wars. The New Testament, the Quran and the Hebrew scriptures call us away from warfare. But many people like Richard Dawkins who is the famous atheist would disagree. According to him, “ if there was no religion, there would have been no 9/11 attacks, no Israeli-Palestinian conflict, no troubles in Northern Ireland.” When it comes to war, many people believe that religion (e.g Islam )is the main reason for wars because it has particular resonance in the case of the most familiar yet most misunderstood religion.
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.
During this time especially when religion was so important to people, Anna Sewell makes a valid claim with this quote that tells that even if you are highly religious, it means nothing unless you practice what you speak of. Many like to flaunt their status in world as well as