Digging back in history, Rubenstein learns that before the Arian controversy, "Jews and Christians could talk to each other and argue among themselves about crucial issues like the divinity of Jesus. They disagreed strongly about many things, but there was still a closeness between them." But when the controversy was settled, Rubenstein notes, "that closeness faded. To Christians, God had became a Trinity and heresy had became a crime.
Positive Christianity was an attempt by the Nazis to justify their actions of brutality toward the Jewish people. They used several warped quotes scattered throughout the New Testament, trying to use contextual theology to buttress their argument. However, this is poor contextual theology as it ignores several central Christian themes that are exemplified throughout the New Testament. One such example is Matthew 22:34-40, which when using the proper exegesis approach proves that Positive Christianity was flawed, as it failed the central Christian requirement that the teaching being loving. The Gospel according to Matthew has traditionally been credited as having been written by the Apostle of Jesus, but later examining has since changed of
In The Disabled God, Nancy Eiesland articulates a persistent thread in the Christian tradition concerning how persons with disabilities are viewed. All too often, she notes, they are seen as either “divinely blessed or damned: the defiled evildoer or the spiritual superhero.” These polarizing portrayals do not emerge out of thin air, but rather can be linked to various texts in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament which have helped form prevalent attitudes and assumptions regarding disabilities. John Hull’s “Open Letter from a Blind Disciple to a Sighted Savior” exposes the danger of interpreting Biblical texts without consideration for how those interpretations impact persons with disabilities. One example of this is when Hull takes issue with Jesus’ use of metaphors to diminish those with disabilities, a trend which often continues into the present day:
Another argument against Petrine authorship is “Paulinisms.” Some scholars argue that the theology of 1 Peter appears to be Pauline in nature. Sproul acknowledged this similarity but argued that it should be accepted as evidence of the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the life of both men since they were communicating the “same gospel, the same ethic, the same truth.” Along with the above, other arguments against Peter’s authorship of the letter include the supposition that it was written by Silvanus, its lack of information about the historical Jesus, and the dating of the letter in relation to the persecution described in the letter. On the whole, though, the evidence for Petrine authorship of 1 Peter is convincing. The words of R. C. Sproul are apt here, “if you come to the text already persuaded that it is the Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, then God has to say only once that this letter was written by the Apostle
My purpose in this essay is to explain and analyze the Divine Command Theory. Divine Command Theory states that morality is ultimately based on the commands of God. I disagree with this theory because how do we know what concepts of God are true and what other concepts are false? There are so many religions making their own claims and interpretations that they believe are true. Therefore, how do we know then what God approves or disapproves of?
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
Both characters have a particular relationship with Jesus, a physical crisis crossed with a spiritual crisis and different conceptions of reality; thus, revealing how the portrayal of these characters are not what may seem. Both religion and Jesus have a key role and influence
TALK #3 (3) John Stonestreet. Summary. In this talk, John Stonestreet engages his audience regarding the role of Christianity in culture and explains the form in which Christians are to act within the negative spiral of decaying morals and evil in our midst. Stonestreet showcases examples from history (White Rose Society and Bonheoffer) to illustrate Christian responsibility towards cultural engagement and to avoid isolationism. Christians ought to avoid escaping reality.
The bible itself disproves the theory that the three entities, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate beings, operating together to bring the will of God to the world. Examining the first chapter and verse of the Gospel according to John, Trinitarians believe “The Word” is Jesus. One must remember this is simply an interpretation, or a version of the original text. Another statement in the text is chapter 10 verse 30, in which Jesus say’s “The Father and I are one”, furthering the claim that both Jesus and God the Father are one being. This saying, taken literally doesn’t make sense.
The Gospel of John is filled with metaphors and analogies, which Jesus uses to communicate his message of salvation and repentance and explain his role as ‘the son’. One notable thing about these metaphors is the way that they compare salvation and faith to material needs and goods, and the way that the common people, who Jesus is preaching to, fail to understand them and instead take them literally. I believe that this demonstrates one of the main concerns of Jesus’ message: that most people only understood materialism and could not even begin to fathom faith and spirituality, and how detrimental this was to them. Early on in the Gospel of John, Jesus meets Nicodemus, a religious authority from among the Pharisees. Jesus tells him that “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (3:3) This is an extremely spiritual message.
Wright and Piper have varying, and often contradictory, interpretations of a number of scriptures; notably Romans 2:27-30. Regarding this passage, Wright attempts to prove that Paul’s argument to the Judaizers was that “there is no road into covenant membership on the grounds of Jewish racial privilege” (Piper, 146). Whereas, Piper uses this as proof of the works-based-righteousness that supposedly plagued the First Century Jews. Piper primarily argues from 2 Corinthians 5:21 to claim that Christ’s “active obedience” has been imputed to the Christian, not merely an act of clemency. This is one of the main issues between Piper and Wright’s theology.
Introduction Comparing the passage about the cleansing of the leper across the synoptic gospels presents some interesting differences. In this essay, an attempt will be made to explore these differences. The intention is to begin by identifying and describing the differences which I find to be most significant or interesting and then to offer my thoughts on these in the context of the evangelist presenting the passage. Consideration will also be given to whether or not there are any correlations to themes in other parts of the same gospel. Finally, the aim is to indicate a key message I derive from the passage in one of the three gospels for a homily.