This would create an controllable atmosphere for David and the Davidian leaders. Obedience Cult members join because they seek truth, social approval, love or something to believe in. Part of these factors is also the feeling of truly believing what you're told. Cult members act in ways to appease their leaders and achieve, what are seen as, superordinate goals. Koresh's ultimate goal was to teach the "preachings and prophecies" of God as he believed he was a prophet himself.
I think it is very important that a Christian should first read his/her culture in the light of the Bible. We cannot transform everything in culture but we can definitely seek to transform ourselves. In the end, God will influence people to change and become what He wants them to be. A Christian’s response to culture should include a positive revolutionary mindset. Christian thought and life should state things to culture that exhibit Christ’s revolutionary vision for all people Our choice today is between a prophetic religion and a culture religion, but we must be cautious about our emphases within culture.
The comparison here is further strengthened when Paine claims that “[his] mind is [his] own church” because it shows that he is relying on his own thinking and his own faith in God to get to Heaven, whereas the general public was blindly following previous authoritative ways and counting on indulgences (The Age of Reason: Deism). That being said, encouraging the masses to rely on reason was also a goal the philosophes tried to achieve. One example of trying to reach this goal is publishing the
His philosophical contributions are basically in the philosophy of religion and philosophy of science. He stirred so much discussion with his early work in the philosophy of religion, a series of books comprising of ‘The Coherence of Theism’, ‘The Existence of God’, and ‘Faith and Reason’. Richard Swinburne can be said to be theist because of his works which he talked about the belief of God. Meanwhile, theism can be said to be the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (Dictionary, 1986). As a member of the Orthodox Church, he is recognised as one of the foremost Christian apologists, arguing in his various articles and books that faith in Christianity is rational and coherent in a rigorous philosophical sense While Swinburne
The preface of Lewis’s Mere Christianity sets forth his ideas and arguments. Lewis is trying to convince readers his argument is credible and trustworthy, he is trying to get readers to understand his positioning and he is trying to give a sense of clarity. The preface shows Lewis’ goals when writing this argument; it shows how Lewis wanted so badly to express Christian unity no
Browning as a Moralist and Religious Teacher Abasyn Univeristy, Peshawar, Pakistan Author: Alam Zeb Alamzeb.email@example.com Abstract As a moralist and religious preacher, Browning held an extremely particular spot among the essayists of Victorian Age. He lectured God and Immortality as the focal truths of his theory of life and he lectured them as one completely guaranteed of their existence. His verse was all through a dissent against the cynical state of mind incited by that invalidation. The despairing, wavering soul so frequently communicated by Tennyson, discovers no spot in his verse. 'Trust hard in the unpretentious thing that is soul' was the note of his message to his era.
Similarly, the plot of the movie revolves around the question of faith, whether people are willing to apostatize Christianity in the form of stepping on an image of Christ in order to save themselves from suffering and death, or if they are willing to renounce their faith in order to save themselves. Faith, being the dominant theme of the film, is about understanding what we do not know and what we do not see and it is an
Just as Christ tried to teach complex philosophical ideas to His original disciples during his ministry by using parables, Jesus’s character in Godspell, which is set nearly two-thousands years after Christ’s life, does the same but instead references modern day language and culture. In essence, Godspell is an experience during which the disciples and the audience are simultaneously drawn to the power of Christ’s message. The plot of Godspell is derived from the Gospels, a fact that can be deduced from the origin of the word “gospel.” Although the musical involves characters that are similar to individuals in the New Testament, the playwrights transform the disciples in a way that is distinct of their appearance in the New Testament. Jesus, in the New Testament, taught
Jesus taught that all called for a choice; blessings and cursing. The Beatitudes define the conditions of citizenship in the Kingdom of God and specifies the requirement of the ideal life. In them Jesus is describing the kind of people needed for His kind of world. He tells them that the spiritual life demands a spiritual man and woman. He taught that to be a Christian means breathing a new atmosphere; and that though the Divine image on them
INFLUENCE OF THE BIBLE ON GANDHI’S ETHICS Dr Sheeba Himani Sharma Department of English St. Andrew’s College, Gorakhpur firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract It is worth noting that Christianity influenced Gandhi to an extent that he followed most of the teachings of Jesus Christ found in the New Testament but an acceptance of the same was hindered by the conduct of the Christians. Inspite of the fact that Gandhi was greatly influenced by the life of Jesus Christ he could never accept Christianity even though he loved and respected the teachings of the Bible. Keywords: Jesus Christ, Bible, Gandhi, Sermon on the Mount During his studies in England, Mahatma Gandhi became interested in the Christian faith. He had been reading the Bible to keep a promise he had made to a friend. He had difficulties understanding the Old Testament because in it, “he found out so much that he could not reconcile with the bidding of returning good for evil.” He was studying for the bar exams in London when he was given the New Testament to read.