This leads to other questions such as why Owen knew everything that he knew, and why he had such faith in a God that eventually let him die so young. Though this may sound like John is questioning religion as a whole, Owen still affects him and causes him to move closer to God and change his feelings towards religion. The concept of trust is difficult to grasp. J. Denny Weaver states, “Somehow, it is claimed, apart from and without our understanding of it, God uses or needs or works through and directs the evil in the world as well as the good. And faith then means to accept and to believe that it is good in the evil that happens” (Weaver 12).
According to Calvin (12:3; pp.467) as Jesus “clothed with flesh he vanquished death and sin together that the victory and triumph might be ours. He offered as a sacrifice the flesh he received from us, that he might wipe out our guilty by his act of expiation and appease the father’s righteous wrath”. This concept is explicitly taught in scripture, where Christ’s work of atonement is a direct portrait of his priestly office (Cf., Heb. 4:17). Christ’s atonement constitutes of both the ‘expiation’ and the ‘propitiation’ of the sinner (Bloesch, 1997:157).
If modern day teachings on science, philosophy, or even church councils teach something contrary to Scripture, Scripture has ultimate authority. Many people view Scripture and its role differently, but the underline reason why is based on authority. If someone denies the authority of Scripture, he or she is prone to add or take away whatever he or she pleases. This allows them to become the ultimate authority over Scripture, and their interpretations are based more off of personal preference or cultural norms. However, Scripture should have the last word because it is God’s word.
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 religious position argues that humans are made in the image of god. They are like divine beings because they contain something of the ability to love and know that characterizes their Creator. The abilities to love and to know- will and intellect-are the distinguishing characteristics of human beings in the Judeo-Christian view. The christian view contends that the purposes of life are loving god and serving god. These are open to all, whatever their level of intelligence.
Before a genuine dialogue begins, each religion must first set aside their exclusivist attitudes- but not setting aside all their beliefs- and be open to what others believe and through this, each religion will not only understand the faith of others but they can also have a deeper understanding of their faith. They must recognize the fact that their dissimilarities has rooted in their differences of culture which contributed in their differences of accepting, understanding and interpreting God’s revelation, they must recognize the fact that “in our less-than-perfect world even the religious community inspired by belief in the incarnate Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit remains far from the state of eschatological perfection”. Since these revealed religions are works, not only of God but also of man, one religion cannot be identified as the only source of truth. The researcher has stated earlier in this chapter the special case of Christianity- due to the fact that the unfathomable God was made known through his son Jesus Christ. It is for this reason, the researcher contends, that the Church is the main advocator of interreligious dialogue; it might seem that this is an exclusivist claim but the researcher does not aim in stressing the primacy of Christianity.
But what exactly does it mean to have a religious belief? In my own definition, it means to have a strong belief in a higher power that controls human destiny and is directly linked to faith. The higher power in Christianity, for example, is portrayed as a God, who is mentioned in the Bible. The members of this religious knowledge system have never actually seen God, their knowledge and beliefs are singularly based on what is written in the Bible. Although there is no visual proof of a supernatural power such as God, believers are motivated by universal beliefs in things we cannot see.
To start with, humanity is both good and evil, both spirit and body and both material and immaterial. Humanity seems to be in revolt against both God and humanity. Then, God is deus duplex, meaning that while He provides grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, there is wrath and darkness in the world. The world is equally a paradox, therefore, both have been created and has fallen, both are good and corrupt and has the potential for good and evil. And despite all of this, God can still do good in the evil world and culture … which He, by the way,
We all have failed and falling short of god’s expectation however, he is forgiving and ultimately the judge of who will go where after death. In heaven, you are said to be in the presence of god and your loved ones for eternity. Hell is for sinners or non believers are punished.. Some may wonder how is any of this possible to know. As a believer, it is very vital as the Word of God says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the son of god so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
Morals are what we abide by to determine right and wrong. I will show how someone can have high morals without believing in God. At the core of all humans, we have the same common morals. Lastly, I will compare different religions, find their commonalities, and show how not only our likes but our differences can aid us in finding a solution to a moral disagreement. More people than not believe that our morals (knowing the difference between right and wrong) come from God.