Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31). He was constantly searching for ways to prove the consistency of the Bible, so he could further establish how authoritative it was. Calvin and Luther did not agree on the sacraments or the use of the law, but both were very influential theological figures of the Protestant Reformation and they both claimed that Scripture, not the church, was the true
An anonymous person once said that “we aren’t called to shine our own lights; we are called to reflect His.” A born again Christian, once fully understanding the gospel and putting his or hers trust in Jesus, will desire to want to grow and obey God in order to honor and glorify Him, and since the only one who kept God’s law perfectly was Jesus, then one will want manifest and imitate Christ in everything he or she does. Not only does reflecting Christ’s image glorify God, it stands out to others as well. All true believers experience radical change because of the Spirit, and that change shines like a bright light towards other people leading them to ask, wonder, and desire that change and growth in their own lives as
Through his creations of human life and the universe and throughout history God has proved his own existence. God has also revealed to man his only son. John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God sent his only son to do his will. Jesus did so and came forth with more sons of God.
When he said, "Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself guilty of treason towards my own country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings” (9). He is saying that this is what he entails to achieve for his God. Trying to grant the audience a diverse viewpoint, rather than discrediting their own. During his speech, Henry made biblical references such as, “Different men often see the same subject in different lights" (2). The word light was used by Henry, to show again that his views are like gods, and he is not against them.
During the Middle Ages while the Roman Catholic Church was in control, literature was focused around religion, as seen in a line from Everyman, stating “For ye shall hear, how our Heaven-King calleth Everyman to a general reckoning…” (Document B) This line is referring to God and the judgement of whether a person was to go to heaven or hell. Another piece of literature by William Shakespeare praises man in several ways, writing that man is “admirable… like an angel… in apprehension how like a god!” (Document B) The first excerpt was stating how man thought of sin as a good thing at first, but regrets it later during God’s judgement. The first excerpt was written during the Renaissance, but promoted Middle Ages thinking. The second excerpt was written later on in the Renaissance, and it was complimenting mankind. William Shakespeare compared man to god and angels, highlighting the finest traits.
Friedrich Nietzsche was German philosopher who was born in Röcken, Germany. His father, Carl Ludwig Nietzsche was a Lutheran pastor which is quite interesting given his stance on religion throughout his philosophical works. In his early education, Nietzsche was heavily influenced by the Greeks and this influence can be traced throughout his writings. He is regarded as one of the most controversial thinkers in Western Philosophy because of his extremely provocative ideas. In Genealogy of Morals, Nietzsche attempts to find the origins of good and evil.
1. Motivations for Jesus to do this could include it being his mission, he wanted to please his father, or he wanted to fulfill his father’s predictions. In Philippians 2:9-11 states that his name was given to him by God who also hath highly exalted him, and that in his name that every knee should bow of things in heaven. It also states that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is lord. Jesus knew that this was his purpose, furthermore if his father said then it must be done.
John in his gospel says: ‘No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God, and who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him’ (Jn 1:18). Jesus is the ultimate revelation of the Father. Therefore besides coming to bring humankind salvation and reconciliation with the Father, he also came to reveal the Father. In everything he said and did he revealed the Father’s heart and will. And it is very obvious from Jesus’ life that God cares deeply for his people.
A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess, deals with the essence of humanity and morality. Being difficult topics to grapple with, many turn to a religious perspective to inform their beliefs on these subjects. Burgess himself is a strongly Catholic individual and this ideology shows through in the ideas presented by A Clockwork Orange. The book contains a number of allusions to the Bible, Jesus and God’s intentions for humanity. These religious references build upon each other to develop Burgess’ notion that God created humans with free will, and how this leaves humankind flawed and prone to evil tendences.
The best way to be that light is to pray the God through us is glorified. All too often we pray as a selfish child, God give me this or give me that. I have my pastor say that God is not our genie in the sky, but He is our loving and faithful Heavenly Father. In Matthew 7:11 (KJV) “…how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” God wants to give His children good gifts and He wants them to be mature enough to pray for the glory of the Heavenly Father. God love us with a love so strong that we cannot
Benchmark Assignment: Gospel Essentials This paper will show how the Christian Worldview has been shaped by the sufferings of God, Jesus and man. Man was initially seen to be completely good and through their actions have created the downfall for all of man. This downfall has led to the suffering of all man, which led to the suffering and resurrection of Jesus to erase those sins and gain redemption for all mankind. God In the Bible, God is the ultimate power by which all things were created. He wanted to demonstrate his power to all by calling forth the light, the earth and all creates that dwell on it.
Question #1: What would you say is the main theme of the Bible? Answer #1: Jesus Christ is the main message of the Bible, God’s plan for mankind and the Universe, as Bickel and Jantz wrote on pg. 61. The good news of salvation in Jesus Christ. ~John 3:16 (NIV)~ For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not parish but have eternal life.
(Doc. 8). The entire reason of existence was to please their god, and receive salvation so that they may live in paradise when they die. Both Christianity and Judaism believe that God has created man in his image and that He has made man to take care of creation (Doc. 5).
Hitchens ponders the question “Does religion make people behave better?” He argues that it clearly does not. He focuses on the two sides of the abolition of slavery movement, and how the anti-abolitionist side how scripture in their court, and fought with more religious fervor. He also argued that secular morality had a much clearer path to fight a moral cause against slavery. Later, Mr.Hitchens goes on to talk about how many religious tenants are “positively immoral.” He lists these out as follows: “Presenting a false picture of the world to the credulous, The doctrine of blood sacrifice to appease gods, the doctrine of atonement, The doctrine of eternal reward or eternal punishment, and the imposition of impossible tasks or rules. In the next chapter, Hitchens asks the question of whether or not religion is child abuse.
God manifests himself in what Christians regard as true and in our daily actions. C.S Lewis outlines in Book Two of Mere Christianity what we, as Christians, believe and why we have come to these conclusions. He explains opposition to Christianity and how we must quell the outbursts of non-believers. Using succinct and simple language he not only legitimizes God’s existence but His effect on humanity. In the first subcategory of Book Two, Lewis discusses his conversion from atheism to Christianity and how it relates to his worldview.