Asking the invisible for more is rude. It might seem also wrong for many of us that are religious to call God “invisible” in this writing. Only because he is not invisible he “lives through the church and our hearts.” Even if there was a God, why do we tend to ask him for more. Have we grown lazy enough that we ask the invisible for the impossible? To change things that are ruled by nature.
He wants to feel a connection with God. However, he acknowledges that he can’t really pray because he doesn’t believe in any religion. Holden says, “If you want to know the truth, I can't even stand ministers. [...] I don't see why the hell they can't talk in their natural voice. They sound so phony when they talk,” (Salinger 100).
For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man. He calls man to seek him, to know him, to love him with all his strength…” Catholicism is against Deism for many reasons. Although Deism might be similar in some ways to the Catholic belief, it also undermines many of their teachings. Catholicism is very firm in saying that man’s purpose is to know, love, and serve God and that evil works will be punished while the good will be rewarded, along with many other things. Deism, however, contradicts many of these beliefs, causing many to be lead astray from the
They believed that goods and services were sent from God. Poverty allows them to develop a relationship with God that most people do not have. Good and evil are defined by possessions that are loved more than God. Francis believes that we shouldn’t have possessions because it effects our judgment about God. Many people don’t have the connection with God that Francis and Clare do.
However, I cannot completely agree with either point of view concerning God’s power. According to Hick’s theory God is, was, and always will be all powerful, but the Process-Relational Theory suggests that God though a very powerful being, He is not all powerful. Both suggest that evil exists either because of God’s awesome power or due to the lack of that power. As a Christian it is easy to agree with John Hick’s arguments that God is all knowing and all good but can the belief that God is all powerful hold its own in a world full of evil. If he is all good why would he not use his bounty of power to rid the world of evil?
This tries to prove God’s existence by saying that all natural things were created for a purpose by an intelligent designer; this is much like Paley’s Teleological Argument. This argument does not work because it does not prove that the intelligent designer of natural things must be God. Overall, Aquinas’s argument fails to fulfil its only purpose: prove that God exists. If an argument cannot prove that God is all knowing, all good, and all powerful, then it does not prove the existence of a god at all. Another main reason why this argument and many other arguments for God’s existence does not work is because of the problem of evil.
Sproul. The quote by Sproul shines the light on an enormous problem that many Christians face, the lack of effort to put work into their relationship with God. The lack of effort is usually covered up by the myriad of excuses that are made in order to excuse the believer from putting any effort in to their relationship with God. That is where Proverbs 13:4 kicks in and tells us that it is only the soul of the “diligent” that is will ultimately receive the fortune, that comes in the shape of a stronger relationship with God. If one is “sluggish” and does not put any effort into strengthening their relationship then they will end up wanting a lot but not receiving anything due to their lack of
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.
Evil is relative. As humans, we are not strictly good or evil. A response should not define a person, especially when society has the final say on whether a person is “good” or “bad”. People resort to evil to describe something they cannot rationalize. There is no reason for it, so many people turn to God, saying that evil was a form of punishment for sin.
The Gospel of John is filled with metaphors and analogies, which Jesus uses to communicate his message of salvation and repentance and explain his role as ‘the son’. One notable thing about these metaphors is the way that they compare salvation and faith to material needs and goods, and the way that the common people, who Jesus is preaching to, fail to understand them and instead take them literally. I believe that this demonstrates one of the main concerns of Jesus’ message: that most people only understood materialism and could not even begin to fathom faith and spirituality, and how detrimental this was to them. Early on in the Gospel of John, Jesus meets Nicodemus, a religious authority from among the Pharisees. Jesus tells him that “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (3:3) This is an extremely spiritual message.
Though the message of Christianity is forgiveness through Christ, this concept does not seemed to be practiced by those who claim to follow Him. In fact, young outsiders claimed that Christians were disinterested in listening to them and more interested in following their list of rules (33). In order to gain the respect of these young people, they would need to truly feel like Christians cared about them, no matter what their current circumstances might