When Jesus Became God is written by Richard Rubenstein suggests that Jesus was divine, but they do not insist upon it. Hundreds of years after Jesus ' death, the Church councils made Jesus ' divinity a central tenet of belief among many of his followers. When Jesus Became God is a narrative of the history of the Christians ' early efforts to define Christianity by convening councils and writing creeds. Rubenstein is most interested in the battle between Arius, Presbyter of Alexandria, and Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria. Arius the leader of the Arians said that Christ did not share God 's nature but was the first creature God created.
Augustine dedicated his life to Christ after reading the epistles of Paul. Original sin was a disputed topic for the Church and had many sides to it. Augustine’s argument about original sin disagreed with Pelagius’, a philosopher in the church. He argued that sin has been passed down from the start when Adam and Eve first ate from the tree of knowledge.
Although others believe that Beowulf's heroic pride for defeating the demons, comes in conflicts with the Christian values. When Beowulf is taking on the monster, he says “Grendel, child of Cain, come down into Heortot. I am Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow. I am Beowulf, not afraid of you. I am Beowulf, come to kill you!”(Nye 69).
God Gives Us Free Will Jonathan Edwards preaches that if people follow God and obey him they will experience his great mercy. “Sinners in The Hands of an Angry God,” he explains this concept in his sermon. Most people back in 1741 and to this day would be persuaded by his sermon about the Lord because of how passionately and strongly he spoke about his beliefs’. In this sermon Edwards refers to Gods everlasting wrath. He describes Gods anger towards those who do not follow and believe in Him.
3. King uses biblical figures and events to help the reader better understand him. King is a Christian and this helps with showing authority. Basically any of the references that king makes to religion are appealing to pathos because they show emotion.
Additional evidence in support of Petrine authorship includes the acceptance of the letter by the early church. Sproul states that the “epistle was received in the very earliest times of Christian history, in the middle of the first century, as having come from Peter.” This is supported because some of the early church fathers made use of the letter which indicates their recognition of and acceptance of its source. If they doubted its source, it would have been natural for it to be rejected but “there is no evidence that anyone in the early church believed that the letter was written by anyone other than Peter.” John MacArthur while upholding Petrine authorship of the letter because of the attitude of the early church quoted the fourth century
During the 1730s and 1740s the Great Awakening was a religious revival that lead by the Protestants. The main idea of the revivals was to preach a new idea of being reborn which meant that one must except Jesus Christ as their lord and savior. Once that occurred the people in return they will be forever saved and be forgiven for the sins they have committed in the past and the ones they will commit in the future. The text the Itinerants Chapter 2 from the Great Awakening PDF is a great text to read for information on the Great Awakening. The text shows how people like George Whitefield and others like him reshaped the landscape of the religious world.
That means that those who are in roles of leadership need to be aware of the fact that not everyone shares the same ideas of masculinity and femininity. One element of postmodernism today that we can certainly learn from is the importance that is placed upon asking questions. The Church, whether deserved or not I don’t know, has been seen as the bastion of all answers (even if they are wrong.) Too many Christians believe that simply because they are a Christian and know the Bible that they have answers.
As it was mentioned above, culture and religion were the core topics of these literary works. Although all three main characters were trying to follow their own moral principles, cultural, and religious principles, they had several common features. Firstly, they all were real Christians who were ready to suffer for their sins. Allen argued that “The first-person and chronicled narratives present the captives as Christian subjects, who as patient sufferers came to serve God’s purpose by demonstrating curative and superhuman marvels wrought in his name” (“Naked and Alone” 14). Feeling a strong desire to become exemplary Christians, they had no moral right to complain and show fear or weakness.
I. SYNTHESIS At the mention of “Divine Revelation”, my thoughts on it before were very narrow and simple. Back then, I would have mostly thought of revelations that occurred during the time when Jesus Christ was still alive. I had this expectation that the revelations would be mostly relating to the prophecies that we know from the bible, or what the church is constantly saying is the message of God.
Jesus’s name has been banned from being taught in many countries around the world. However in these countries Christianity is steadily growing. The Holy Spirit, that is what gives persecuted Christ followers the courage to teach Jesus, is always around believers and un-believers: the Holy spirit cannot be banned. Believing this simple truth, we know that Christianity changes the individual, the culture, and the government. There is a plethora of tales of Christ changing people for; C.S. Lewis was a devout Atheist turned Christian.
In Brave New Discipleship, Max Anders makes the case that traditional discipleship is failing in the modern era. While the goal should be the same, there needs to be a different methodology. He explains that in the new non-Christian based culture, a holistic approach to discipleship is necessary. Any part of life not dealt with during discipleship will automatically be filled with the culture’s ungodly view, making Christians no different than the rest of society. According to Anders, there are seven key characteristics of a complete Christian: worshiping God individually, worshiping God corporately, growing in biblical knowledge, growing in Christlike lifestyle, growing in ministry skill, impacting the church, and impacting the world.
When questioned about who will get into heaven, most Christians provide a simple answer. This answer usually is along the lines of “only those who are Christians,” or “those who have accepted Christ into their hearts as their Lord and Savior.” Now there is nothing wrong with these thoughts, as I believed these to be the case for a long, long time. More recently, however, I’ve begun to take on a different though process which is more along the lines of that which is seen in C.S. Lewis’s
Historical Essay – Natsha Nair In Medieval Europe between 500-1500AD, how did the power of the church impact peoples’ lives? In Medieval Europe during 500AD – 1500AD peoples’ lives were significantly impacted by the church and the amount of power and control it had over peoples’ daily lives. People depended on the church during the entirety of their life they believed and acted upon its teachings. People had short, hard lives and looked for a sense of purpose in life, and found this in religion.
Jesus is a very subjective and controversial topic worldwide. Even though many people have different views and opinions on Jesus, He still unites many Christians together through worship and prayer in church. It’s been this way for quite a while, all the way back to Medieval ages. In those times, the “Age of Faith” was upon western Europe. The church played “a vital role in society” to many people.