Furthermore, God is concerned about all that He has created. In fact, God is so concerned about His creation that He feeds, clothes and shelters them all. "God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy" (p. 161). God does not owe mankind anything, but mankind owes everything to God, including her life. Particular sections in the reading shares an interesting topic of God giving Himself glory.
The prophet, Daniel, showed the theme of holding fast to one’s unwavering faith in God as he chose to stay devoted to God even when the king threatened those who worshiped God. Daniel tried to show people that they should not worship the false idols that the king wanted them to because that would go against the Mosaic Covenant, but rather they should keep their faith and God will protect them. This is seen as even when he was put into the lion’s den, the lions did not attack him because God protected him, just as God protected His people in the time of Moses. Additionally, the theme of sacredness of life is seen in the story of the prophet Daniel. Instead of eating the meat provided by the Babylonian king, Daniel and his friends ate the vegetables God had instructed them to eat, and not only were they healthier than any of the king’s men, but they were also granted with knowledge that had surpassed all of them.
“But stories were already gaining ground that the white man had not only brought a religion but also a government.” (Achebe 155). In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo lives in Nigeria, Africa where a group of white missionaries come to convert the Nigerians to Christianity. The Christian Missionaries believed that their set of beliefs were superior to other beliefs and that they were the only ones who should be followed. They pushed their religion upon other people in the Nigerian tribes, and they successfully converted a few. The majority of the tribes didn’t believe in the missionaries beliefs or want to follow their ways.
Since the rise of Christianity among nations, people have been asking the question: why does evil exist when there is a God who is sovereign, powerful, and loving? Is he not able to fight the evil surrounding us? Or does God want to see us suffer which makes him an unloving Father after all? Saint Ignatius 's life explains a probable reason as to why evil exists and how one can flee from the temptations of this world. He was once a soldier who enjoyed the pleasures the world has always been offering, but he was soon reunited with God in the latter part of his life.
So, He warned us to be courageous and faithful in Him when we go through such circumstances. He says: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Thus, persecution is not a sin, but it is a strong formidable “tool” for evangelism. The Advantage of Persecution My careful study of the Bible showed that the Lord wants the New Testament generation to be active on the ‘field for harvest’ (church evangelism). And, He did not promote the passive mode of the Old Testament ‘synagogue’ (church building).
—God is that than which nothing greater can be conceived. —That which can be conceived not to exist is not God." One can see why God can be considered to seem inconceivable, but some may agree if one knows God that God is conceivable. In suggestion, Sin is one reason God sent Jesus to live on this earth, so we can see with our own eyes that there is a God, but at the same time, there will be those who still choose not to believe in God's existence. The weakness of Anselm argument is, he says he believes in God and seeks God at the same time Anselm thinks that it is hard to seek God when he cannot see God.
The plan of God’s salvation in the book of Romans. According to Christian belief that salvation is from God, and salvation is the free gift from God to those who are believe. I believe too, the reason why salvation of God accured to people because of love, grace and because of the promise of God from the descendants of Adam, however, God also has planned salvation to His people in this world. But in this generation there are many people don’t believe that salvation comes from God instead salvation comes from the effort of man, and the good work of man, but the Bible itself does teach about that, its wrong, its not true at all. Reformed theologian believes that, man was corropted by sinned, and he done nothing to get the gift of God’s salvation,
The message, then, that it was not up to him to earn righteousness, but that it came as a free gift from God, was a tremendous relief for him. This is the central Lutheran doctrine of justification by faith alone, and it lies at the heart of everything Luther said, wrote, and did. Faith for Luther was the confidence that God had graciously forgiven his sins. It had several important consequences that determined the Lutheran sacred narrative of
Their hope and confidence in the only true God and Jesus Christ has resulted in a number of Calvinists beaten by rods, captured in bonds and tortured. Their beliefs cause them to endure ‘the greatest indignity’ and lacerated by slanders. Calvin insinuates that the priesthood manipulates others to ply ‘their enmity’ against Calvin. The true religion which is outlined in scripture is ignorantly ignored by the priesthood and by others. The priesthood doesn’t explore men’s beliefs in Christ and God and are not concerned on the matter, provided that the man submits to the judgement of the church in a concept the clergy profess as implicit faith.
Chinua Achebe; the author of Things Fall Apart was raised by Christian parents who were missionary teachers. His life as a Christian and member of the Ibo tribe at the same time influenced him to write a book depicting pre and post colonization in Africa specifically his hometown, Nigeria. Chinua Achebe wrote things fall apart for the purpose of educating readers about their past and reminding them of their cultures and traditions before being colonized by the western. Throughout the novel Achebe uses Ibo words such as “Ndichie, Kotma, and Nza” in order to keep his book authentic and meaningful, he wants to stay true to the Nigerian culture. Through his writing he aims to empower Africans as he feels that they have lost their identity.