However, the most repeated command throughout the Bible is “Do not be afraid.” Doesn’t that sound like a contradiction? Not quite! Fear itself doesn’t displease the Lord - it’s how we react to fear, and the motivations behind our fear. Neither is our God’s perfect will for you and I to be afraid. The differing commands also depend on the context in which they were given - it is good for us to fear God and be obedient, but it’s sinful when that fear is focused on our own wellbeing.
Writers came to see these crusades as a way that was appointed to rescue Christians form persecution and invasion. In addition, history chronicles down these events that led to the various crusades as a way of dispossessing land that belonged to Christians. One other justification concerning the crusades involved fulfilling spiritual vows to go to a crusade. Well, any war can only be justified as the only last resort for defense when it is clearly demanded of God (When God speaks directly to an individual or people). Therefore, after the war there different opinions were propagated by writers as whether the crusades could be justified or not.
For example, in That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, written in 1523, Luther condemned the inhuman treatment of the Jews, “I hope that if one deal in a kindly way with the Jews and instructs them carefully from Holy Scripture, many of them will become genuine Christians […].” In this, we understand that he is urging Christians to treat them kindly and hoping the Jews can convert to Christianity through the sweetness. The motive of writing this article is to refute Ferdinand's defamation of Protestants in the state government of Nuremberg. Besides, he also wanted to prove that Jews might want to convert to Christianity. Therefore, Luther appealed to the Christian community to preach Jews and thought that the attitude of Christian missionaries toward Jews should be changed so that Jews could trust their sermons. Bainton also considers Luther’s kindness to Jews is only because of Luther’s religious reformation by stating that “Luther was sanguine that his reform, by eliminating the abuses of the papacy, would accomplish the conversion of the
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
Could you imagine being betrayed by one of your followers? Satan’s part in the betrayal of Jesus does not remove any responsibility from Judas because he had the biggest part in the arrest of Jesus. After Jesus’ arrest, Judas felt the anger and sadness put on him. He eventually hung himself. Jesus’ arrest was mainly Judas Iscariot’s fault because if Judas did not go to the chief priests and the teachers of the law, Jesus would never have gotten arrested or crucified.
Terrorism can never be moral because it violates all “excuses” and torture is an acceptable tactic to save lives. The four excuses that attempt to justify terrorism are as follows: terrorism is a last resort that is only used when all else fails, terrorism is the only possibility for weak movements, whatever works for a good cause, such as terrorism, is morally acceptable, and that all politics involves terrorism. In the first excuse of terrorism being the last resort, Walzer explains that in order for this to be a legitimate excuse, one must have exhausted all political and military possibilities to resolve their issue. However, there is no way to interview the terrorist to prove that they have
Blow believed that people should not be punished for learning through sin, whereas Dante felt as though being exposed to sin was a permanent mark on your soul. He believed that you always carry parts of sin with you. I do not think Blow understands Christianity. She feels that Christianity is predicated around punishments. However, Christianity is based on love, faith, and forgiveness if one repents.
Faith and righteousness were two things one could not live without, and the religious norms were to be followed. Because of how closely religion and moral was tied together, suicide was considered morally wrong due to its classification as a sin. Hamlet himself claims in the «O´ that this too, too solid flesh would melt» soliloquy that he would commit suicide had it not been deemed wrong by the church. In other words, the play Hamlet treats suicide as a
For example, even though Catholics are told that such afterlife exists, it’s considered a wrongdoing to control when you want to die. Which is why, suicide is intolerable for Hamlet to commit, since he sees it, as a sin against his God. In general, his faith played a vital role in the story to the decision’s he made of not attempting suicide and thinking more righteously. But yet again, throughout the play, as he understands the reality of human under his perspective, he begins to drift his mind into a world that he can’t hold on to. In other words, religion seems to have failed him in order to think positively and to have his morals in
They started committing immoral acts and worshiping false Gods. They decided there way was better than Gods. Our culture today is the same as theirs. People still believe they know better than God and continue to do whatever they want. It says in Romans 2;12 (NIV) “All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.” People need to turn from their sin and follow God before it is too late.
He accept the idea that Jesus died for “our sins”. Salvation according to many Christians is only practical through Jesus Christ and his death on the cross is the absolute sacrifice that will make up for the sins of the humanity. Therefore we can say that his death has been presented and classified as a "parole", which really gives us an idea that people 's sin has been forgiven. Because of
Equally, even with the Old Testament narratives, God often gave the Israelites opportunities to repent and He forgave them. Did Ananias sin deserve death, which did not really allow for repentance or was this a fable by Luke copied from Achan’s story in order to deter members of the community from deception and financial fraud? Troeltsch points out that historical study renders only judgments of probability, of very different grades of probability, from the most likely to the least likely, and that with regards to anything that has been passed on from the past the first task is to measure the degree of probability that is appropriate to it. In doing that, the attitude we take to information given to us by memory and tradition is fundamentally changed. With this in mind, we can suggest from the above that it is highly improbable for two people to be struck down because of deception from
In the classical world of Greece and Rome, suicide was glorified as a noble death. As early as the second century, Christian teaching condemned suicide, stating it violates the commandment, “Thou shall not kill”, suicide cannot be repented of and lastly, it’s cowardly” (“Suicide.” Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America). The United Methodist Church states, “Every person has the right to die with dignity.” The United Church of Christ states, “It’s the right of individuals to not have their lives unnecessarily prolonged.” However, the Lutheran Church Missouri, Synod addresses the matter of physician assisted suicide and condemn it as an “affront to the Lord who gives life,” which also, “open the door for future abuse” ("Suicide." Encyclopedia of Religion and the Law in America). Churches and religious leaders will never come to a mutual understanding on this subject.