Evidently, sin is a fact; it is not a myth nor a figment of our imagination. Some may classify the study of sin as a depressing endeavor and counter-productive to a Christian. But as a congregation, is it not true that Christians are saved from sin through the blood of Christ? If so, it is prudent then to first comprehend the need for salvation before we understand salvation itself. Evaluating sin enables
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.
Ephesians and Colossians: The epistle to the Ephesians church is a faith treatise on victorious Christian living or said in other words a ‘triumph of faith’ and so does Colossians.However,Colossians the apostle addresses some heretical teachings probably by Gnostics who argued the body was bad or evil and that nothing good can come from the evil body. Some also taught of celestial and constellation worship and philosophies of men. (Tokunboh Adeyemo: 2005:1155: Biblestudies.org). Paul explains how believers’ faith is rooted in Christ and how Christ overcame the devil and triumphed on the cross. Believers in Ephesus are reminded how Christ broke the dividing wall of separation and reconciled man with God.
Nonetheless, many have noted the religious – especially Christian – undertones in her work and Rowling too has acknowledged the influence of her belief on her writing. “Personally”, she says of her religious faith, “I think you can see that in the books” (Lindell, 2007). Although there may not be an explicit religious message in Harry Potter, the story does contain themes and virtues that are essential for the Christian belief. Harry’s story demonstrates the importance of love, compassion and self-sacrifice, as Jesus’ does. Moreover, questions that are tied closely to religious faith are central in Rowling’s books: “Harry wonders: Why must I suffer?
The superego, or the conscience as we call it, is where the battle is fought between our old carnal nature and our new godly nature. Freud thought the superego was created specifically by social influence. Christians, however, believe that our morality comes from God more than social influences. The psychoanalyst’s goal is to bring the unconscious to the conscious which sounds like revealing the “thoughts and attitudes of the heart” we read about in Scripture (Hebrews 4:12). Though Freud claimed that self-awareness and ego strength are enough to make us healthy individuals, we know that true holistic health only comes through God and His
INTRODUCTION Perceiving Relationships in the New Testament The Bible is a book of relationships. It teaches on love, and how one can be and see love. Love is one of the foundations for relationship, and this is seen specifically in the New Testament, as it communicates the love of God through His Son Jesus. To be blunt, Gods love is incomparable and unfathomable. To cover the extent of Gods love would definitely take more than a book.
Christians aspire to seek holiness like God, so forgiving is one step closer to attaining eternal life in heaven. In relation to Doctor Faustus and The Tempest, forgiveness is one of the main topics debated between the two books and, subsequently, the two authors. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s attempt to out-perform Marlow in his book Doctor Faustus. Shakespeare steals ideas from Marlow, but he changes parts enough to underline his own thoughts on the matter. Mainly, Shakespeare’s and Marlow’s opinion differs in relation to the topic of
The eyes were made for looking and looking upon the Creator. Then another, word that also applies this rhyme is “marred” eyes, and this also means to look at love (God), but this is to look at the Creator with joy. Lastly, the persona accepts the invitation and consumes the experience that love has to offer him and ingests it with his body to connect to the body of Christ, and the love that God dwells on him. The situation of the poem has been freshly imagined because the writes uses this poem to
Christian author C.S. Lewis once spoke, “The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.” For most who believe, it rings true that in searching and accepting God, one undergoes a transformation. In this belief, one can overcome internal and external mountains in clinging to the truth of God they hold to be true. It is not necessary for one to believe in God in order to see the life change that can occur in others who let God take control of their lives. Literary authors Khaled Hosseini and Charles Dickens use religious allusions in order to develop characters who reveal the theme that in desperate times, leaning on God or a higher power can bring about resolution and change in one’s character after times of self deprecation.
His sense of smell alludes to the power of God, yet later on he brings others into his sins and darkness like the Devil. This sacrilege reflects the postmodern time period in which Suskind wrote Perfume (1985) because it upends traditional ideas of religion and any idea of any common truth. Suskind compares Grenouille’s origination to Christ through setting and biblical allusion. Grenouille