And last, he states that there is a perseverance of saints, therefore all who are saved are saved for eternity. Calvin expressed these ideas in the Institutes of the Christian Religion. This work of his was received with both criticism and intrigue. Calvin’s ideas were very radical, but he sought to back each of them up with what he believed was the ultimate authority of the Scripture. Calvin combats the idea that the church gives Scripture its authority because he believes that the Bible offers “as clear evidence of its truth, as white and black things do of their color, or sweet and bitter things of their taste” (31).
Just as God inspired the Scriptures to teach doctrine, so God inspired leaders throughout the history of the church to introduce additional doctrines and practices. The collective writings of the early church “fathers,” the decisions of the ecumenical councils, and the decisions of the popes constitute this authoritative church tradition. The council included as part of the Bible the Apocrypha, books from the inter-testamental period that the Jews and the Protestants excluded. The Council of Trent officially pronounced eleven books of the Apocrypha to be Scripture. The result is that the Roman Catholic Bible today includes in the Old Testament seven extra books and four additions to existing books.
The best intentions of early Christians such as Justin, Clement, and Origen form the foundation of this issue in history. In an attempt to convince classical philosophers of the legitimacy of God and to show they were not atheists, they applied the doctrine of Logos. This doctrine provided common ground and a pathway to the classical philosophers of the era. In other words, these arguments were used to demonstrate that the Christian faith was not contradictory to elements of classical philosophy and therefore, not contradictory with the nature of God. From these roots, the debate emerged regarding whether the Logos or Word of God was in fact coeternal with God.
Christianity stands on the idea that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; that his life on earth, his crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension into heaven are proof of God 's love for humanity and God 's forgiveness of human sins; and that by faith in Jesus one may attain salvation and eternal life. This teaching is embodied in the Bible, specifically in the New Testament, but Christians accept also the Old Testament as sacred and authoritative Scripture. Christians is a monotheistic religion, meaning they only believe in one god. Christian believe that we are all born sinners due to Adam and Eve, but we can all reach salvation by faith in God and good works. In the
This method is supportive of Descartes’s will to emphasis on doubt and question anything that can be doubted. Thus, he demonstrates the presence of God through a chain of consequences ‘Causal proof’. Because of the law of conservation of matter, the cause must equal the effect, if we have an idea of God than this idea is the effect and God is the cause (Gaarder, 2003). Therefore, the idea we have of God is an innate idea that we did not produce ourselves. Accordingly, he expresses that as a result of his innate thoughts of God, it only makes sense that it be God who "is the reason for this thought".
STATEMENT OF BELIEF The following is the statement of faith from the Godfirst church. The following are statements, which the church holds onto as being truths taken from scriptures. The statements are broken down into section regarding: the trinity, God the father, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, The Bible and many more. For the purposes of this assignment we will take a look some of the statements of truth. The statements of faith that we will look at closely will be: the trinity, God the father, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit and the Bible but also giving a overview of the other statements of faith.
Johnson (2010) was influenced by Spilka (1987), who maintained that Christians should view science as an ally to theology because it provides evidence for God’s design. Entwistle (2015) expounds upon the Allies model in more detail, revealing that it is not only the mere unity of psychology and Christianity, but that Allies presents all truth as God’s truth. The Allies model asserts that God is sovereign over both psychology and Christianity, and both are to be used in ways that glorify Him (Entwistle, 2015). Another characteristic of the Allies model that makes it unique from many of the other models, is its view of the Two
In order to find your true identity you have to open the ultimate Truth, God's Word. His Word tells us that we are children of God, a brand new creation in Him, a masterpiece, restored, and made right through Him. 1 Peter 2:9 says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." So, who are you? And where do you find your identity?
It establishes the key to the Old Testament and gives references for its fulfilment through the New Covenant, (Gromacki, 2014). The Mosaic Covenant made it possible for humanity to be proactive in their salvation by following the rules established in the Ten Commandments. The Davidic Covenant stands alone in that it does not require human action for its fulfilment. It reiterates the Abrahamic promises of salvation to visit humanity through a living body. Finally, the New Covenant establishes supremacy over all previous agreements.
According to Gaudium et Spes, “Christ the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and make his supreme calling clear” (GS 22). Scripture, Catechism of the Catholic Church and Gaudium et Spes answer the questions who Jesus is, how we can know and how Jesus is the unique answer to suffering and evil.