But Christ wants to speak truth into our lives, many times in the form of the Holy Spirit’s constructive criticism. Again, we have a choice to respond positively or make it personal. The Lord knows that this criticism is for our own good, and when we realize that, our relationship with Him will deep- en. We need to remember that most people who offer constructive criticism truly are trying to help us. Words of encouragement should prod us on to a greater life in Christ, not lead to the bitterness of spirit that brings glory to Satan and his troops.
Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is. The Lord gives us many opportunities to rely on Him and when we need his love and mercy the most. People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart.
This, he says is more important than knowing the facts about God or performing rituals. This is one reason Kierkegaard supports the knight of infinite resignation over that of faith. The knight of faith is also seen as something comfortable but Kierkegaard doesn’t think we should feel so comfortable. The knight of faith seems to jump into the infinite and come back and seems to have no faith, which Kierkegaard is uneasy with. The knight of faith wants the material world to be the way he wants it and remains focused on the fact that he believes in God but is getting it all back.
People also assume that with the hard life Charles was already living, it would be to mentally draining to live with the criticism of unbelievers. This is also untrue because God gave Charles strength to withstand the persecution from the world around him. It was truly the best choice for Colson to become a Christian since God is always by his
If it were not for the Canonical Gospels, the official gospels of the bible as they were written out of devotional and evangelical purpose, no one would be then certain of what our faith is really about and who Jesus Christ truly is to us. Also by classifying these gospels, people will be able to envision better the timeline of Jesus’ life and which are actual true facts about
As they cannot afford to fail, then all measure to succeed are open and equally justified. If that means to police each other or to execute someone for the crime that they did. Working towards a common goal. And a common goal that they have the determination to achieve because failing means being the subject and reason for shame and embarrassment across the world for all Christians and even more, the all-powerful and unforgiving wrath of God himself. Therefore the sermon given by John Winthrop is very powerful in the creation of the Massachusetts colony and provides the determination needed for it to succeed along with details on how to live and serve god the right way.
What deists mean is that a man can be evil and he is still right. It also seems to mean that It does not matter whether or not a person is sinful, he can still go to Heaven. Catholics believe that evil is not only not right, it destroys who a person was meant to be. Catholics also believe that God is a just God, therefore, those who are evil will be punished and the good will be rewarded. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that, “The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and
These emotions are what the demons would use against us; fear, doubt, and our own insecurities are among their chief tools that they use to exploit us. When we allow them to fully use these tools against us, we give them the chance to lead us from God. However, we aren’t defenseless against this onslaught against our faith. The Lord has given us the tools to attack these emotions. If we allow ourselves to believe in the scripture and if we make the choice to consciously believe in His true power and righteousness for no other reason than love, then we can be wholly free from the torment of these
Lucius had no hope left when his life was nothing but troubles. He had to accept faith into his life and cleanse himself of his past sins. In the end, Lucius was able to find salvation through faith, transform back into human form and spread the word of faith through the miracles that he had experienced. The next theme I found was that God is the God of both grace and judgment. He is always forgiving, but he has the power to show that all actions are not accepted.
Father Greg looks up to Jesus especially in times like these. He makes the connection that when Jesus says to love your enemies, it doesn’t mean you have to cease loving those who love us. Just because it is harder, doesn’t mean it is better, it is just harder. When we are able to love our enemies we will start to truly live in a world who God is. I think this story is extremely important.
Although the situation looks grim, Baronelle keeps an optimistic attitude, and believes God will take care of her. I agree with Baronelle one-hundred percent. The problem with America these days is that everyone gets offended by the simplest incidents. This country was founded on Christian beliefs, but now those beliefs are in shambles. Our country is inevitably headed towards destruction.
Once in a while we tend to obscure the difference amongst "excellence" and "perfectionism." Yet, excellence is the thing that God needs us to seek after, while perfectionism is troublesome to our spiritual well-being. Excellence comes from God. However, when we read the gospel Christ speaks to us with the words, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” This is a troublesome content, most likely, in that it inspires us a nervous confusion. After read it we ask ourselves, “Is perfection feasible for us as individuals living in today’s world?
Jesus tells us in the context of the whole passage that all have perpetrated (sinned), and we shouldn 't be so hasty to cast a stone (judge/condemn) others before taking an introspective look at ourselves and where we fall short. To foster this spirituality for incarnationally serving those on the margins is to "choose the way of Jesus, laying aside all the earthly resources that give us power - in order to be present to those we love" (pg. 97). Doing this, we humble ourselves and serve people like Madu as friends, since the textbook answer won 't make the impact necessary for change, but living it out, showing love and bestowing friendship upon them will be the example and the relationship they need that will cause a deep transformative impact. However, we mustn 't become calloused to the evil actions in these ambiguous situations, if we do, then the loving-correction needed to move past perpetration may never be accomplished.
While we have a loving God who is perfect in all of His ways, we humans went against our Creator, corrupted ourselves, and placed ourselves under His judgement. Another main idea of Christianity is the problem of evil, how it came about, and how it hurts God’s people. The Bible gives many reasons as to why God would allow evil for a greater purpose, but it does not answer every question that
Therefore we must either choose to accept or reject the idea of Him and either become a member of the Christian faith or not. We now possess knowledge of God and His gifts to us as humanity and are also aware of the steps needed to be taken in order to be saved. We can no longer use the excuse of ignorance to God. He also bestowed us with our own free will in order to love him and follow Him on our own, as He only wants moral and honest people as his followers. Throughout Book Two C.S.