In the later, he weakens the importance of reason in Platonism, however, he is able to rectify a seemingly antagonistic relationship between faith and reason. Augustine successfully brought Platonism into Christianity; he reconciled issues such as the existence of a spiritual world and the problem of accounting for evil. Platonism’s ontology allowed Augustine to conceptualize the existence of a spiritual world and claim God, like the forms, is the ultimate source for the existence of all things and ideas within the physical world. Augustine’s application of Platonist doctrines not only helps explain and rationalize Christian faith, it also resolves issues within Christianity, such as, God’s omnipotence and omni-benevolence, and the problem of
Five views on sanctification is an interesting book. Before the further reading this book, there are things that readers must know. First, “all agree that the Bible teaches a sanctification that is past, present, and future” (p. 7). Second, “all agree that the process of sanctification requires believers to strive to express God’s love in their experience” (p. 7). Finally, “all agree that the Bible promises success in this process of struggling against personal sin, through the power of the Holy Spirit” (pp.7-8).
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
By asking these questions Augustine awkledges the doubts that happen when someone believes in God, doubts that he had for the time before his conversion to catholicism. Even the fact that he writes these questions and admits to not having answers is showing his humility and openness to the public. If a man of great faith who becomes a saint can question the meaning behind scripture and even question God then it makes it more obvious that doubt and faith are not mutually exclusive. Then he begins his rhetorical examination by going into a question of whether one can begin to praise God without knowing God. He asks, “But who calls upon you when he does not know you?” (Augustine, 3).
An emerging interest in human reason posed a threat to the church, which by now favored order, conservatism, and stability. As one author puts it, "Movements suspected of enthusiasm, such as Puritanism, Quietism, and Janesism, fell into disrepute, and the authority exercised by the state in religious affairs became more pronounced. It was an age dominated by Reason, which, until it provoked a reaction in such movements as Pietism and Evangelism, posed a formidable challenge to Christianity. Out of the Age of Reason came renewed interests in art, architecture, and music. The church used these as tools for enhancing worship, affirming faith, teaching, and advancing aesthetics.
The doctrine of sufficiency also means that no one should take away or add to scripture. In fact there is even a curse for doing so in Revelation 22:18-19. God has given us enough to point us to himself and to teach us how to have a right relationship with him. Scripture helps us hear God’s voice and live a life that is able to please him. The Bible’s sufficiency is why Martin Luther was able to cry out with confidence “sola Scriptura,” which mean “Scripture alone (53).” He understood the depths and riches of Scripture and how it had everything needed in order to know God and have salvation in
Complete understanding of a subject, however, proves difficult. Thinking for oneself, allows for the utmost freedom of thought. Religion provides a prime example of such freedom. Christianity, in particular, allows an individual to think for oneself for their beliefs and prayers. Whether it be in church or in the household, Christianity allows for freedom of thought for those who follow it, hoping to increase their liking for the belief.
The church purpose is to make a difference to believers as well as unbelievers. Tradition has held the peoples of God bound because of the way the needs were being met through the church. It is time the church improves on, the cares of the victims during a moment of unexpected crisis by becoming more educated and trained in the approach to an unexpected crisis. The education and training will help in recognizing barriers during the unexpected crisis. Some people are silent, which is a barrier.
Living a God-Filled Life Bhumibol Adulyadej, a former statesman, once said, “A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good”. There are countless numbers of ways to do good in a society, however, Catholic, Christian citizens should be able to find even more. God wants everyone to lead healthy, productive lives that are pleasing to him, and it is the responsibility of the people to try and fulfill those desires. The duties that Catholic citizens bear include: praying, setting an example of how God wants the people he created to live, and informing others about the Good News of Jesus Christ. Praying can truly be an influential action, as God promises to listen at any time and in any situation.
Living by faith is not a choice nor the result of a stalwart human effort, but the working of the power of the Holy Spirit in one’s life, transforming one’s heart in such a way as to willingly submit to God’s call to a life of self-sacrifice, self-renouncing and the Cross. It seemed to me that my Father’s command to live by faith opened the floodgates of severe trials and afflictions to see if I would trust Him implicitly with all my life and heart or would apostate. Seeking to help me understand the kind of life the Lord was calling me live, on the 12th of September 2015 the Lord told me to read the history of the persecution of the Apostles and the Early Church at the hands of the Roman emperors and Christians in the Middle Ages (1208-1834) at the hands of the Roman Catholic church, and in particular the persecution of Dr. Martin