Jesus replies to the question that there are two great commandments of equal importance, the first being to love the Lord with all of your being and the second being to love your neighbor as you love yourself. He concludes that the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments for confirmation and teaching. The lack of explanation and detail regarding specific prophets or what the law is again points to the audience being recent Jewish-Christian converts, those who would already be familiar with the Jewish Prophets and the Mosaic law. This teaching of Jesus is one of the most quotable and applicable lessons of Jesus, as it preaches love for God and for all of the people around you, even if they have done nothing for you.. This passage from Matthew is in direct contradiction with everything that Positive Christianity is teaching.
So every man should act, be at hand when needed; but now, for the king, this would be the last of his many labours and triumphs in the world.” He however, does not represent perfect christian values. For the sake of comparison, a character who would represent perfect christian values would be Jesus Christ. And by comparing Beowulf to Jesus, we can see that from a christian perspective Beowulf is a very flawed character. For example, he is very proud, takes a lot of value in earthly treasure, and doesn’t act in a humble way: (lines 1024-1026) So Beowulf drank his drink, at ease; it was hardly a shame to be showered with such gifts in front of the
People also assume that with the hard life Charles was already living, it would be to mentally draining to live with the criticism of unbelievers. This is also untrue because God gave Charles strength to withstand the persecution from the world around him. It was truly the best choice for Colson to become a Christian since God is always by his
Edwards really lets the message of “Gods wrath” sink into our minds to show how mighty, powerful, and capable the Lord is. The Lord gives us many opportunities to rely on Him and when we need his love and mercy the most. People ignore that and believe they can be their own gods. This is not right because Jesus says in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the father except through me.” Meaning that the only way to not end up in Hell is to except Jesus Christ into your heart.
But while Dante Alighieri was wronged by the political hierarchy, it helped him develop a ranked system of his own-one based on flaws. His hierarchy in The Divine Comedy is loosely based on Christianity, passing judgement on those that have yet to die and those that already have. Inferno adds its own elements to a Christian hell, while neglecting some featured in the bible. While the book is interpretive, it lacks the direct accuracy necessary to make it an extension of Christianity. A questionable topic
Psalm 46 is a paradigm shift in that thought process. In 2 Chronicles 20:21 King Jehoshaphat embodied that paradigm shift in Psalm 46. Some scholars have even inferred that the King’s actions actually inspired Psalm 46, but we cannot know for certain. King Jehoshaphat put his complete confidence in God as his refuge, and not in worldly strength. If you recall the story, • Jehoshaphat was facing a great multitude • Jehoshaphat declared a fast • God answered – 1 Chronicles 20:17 (you will not need to fight) • Sing to the Lord and praised him - 1 Chronicles 20:21 • The Lord sets an ambush – 1 Chronicles 20:22 What we believe about God, is vitally important in putting our complete faith & trust in Him as our refuge.
Luther focuses on a direct approach to reforming Christianity. He believes that God quite literally controls the fates of all men and in order to save his brothers from corruption he must force them to see the truth. So states what he thinks being a true Christian is by blatantly nailing his 95 theses up on the church doors for all to see. This strong, symbolic, and courageous move shows how deeply devoted he is to Christianity, so much so that he does not even fear the Church. His work states plainly what good Christians do and don’t do.
In my opinion, Fielding’s Tom Jones human nature and morality, although seen as “unacceptable” at times relates to forgiveness in Christianity. Jones is seen as a gentleman in the end even with his lack of abstinence. Writers have faced natural law in literature since the beginning. This moral debate is seen in countless novels, expanding with the progression of the novel. Although it’s due to the emergence of Christianity that natural law develops into Christian common law.
He explains that change can seem overwhelming and even threatening at times, which is why he wants Christians to have deep roots and dive in deeper into the grace of the gospel. Piper’s thesis is to show that the bloodlines of race do not matter when compared to the deep bloodline of Christ (227). He points out a pivotal problem that humans are alienated from God, and in doing so, are alienated from each other (227). A key way of looking at this is remembering that when people fail to love God, they fail to love others which causes disharmony, pride, and
The author of the world bestsellers, Malcolm Gladwell-inspired by the biblical confrontation of David and Goliath, analyzes the theory of the victory of a weak over the strong. He teaches the reader to break stereotypes for their own advantage. In the book "David and Goliath", Malcolm Gladwell talks about how the weak can handle terrible blows of fate and not only did not break but found the strength for new achievements. Overcoming harsh situations is possible if we decide to try to the best of our abilities and have strength and faith. Being aware of the skills and capabilities is very important in order to deal with hard times.
Heaven is upon us here on earth, and the devil is using every bit of power he has left before being cast out for good, and Jesus returns to claim his new world. My favorite part of the book was when Wright started to address some misconceptions of the good news. One in particular that really stood out to me was the misconception that heaven is a place far away, and that as Christians we should live a life that is pleasing enough to God in order to reach
Martin Luther ran from pilgrimage to pilgrimage, in a frenzy to rack up his good works points and wipe out his guilty debts, which eventually led to his “faith alone” epiphany. Repeatedly, he was told by his fellow monks to look to the cross, but was plagued knowing he could never do enough to be righteous, and stand before a righteous God, of his own merit. Luther’s pride is seen when he believed that he was the only one whose interpretation of Scripture was correct, and that his belief was enough to save him. Focuses way too much on himself to be of Christ. Enough about Luther, the original guilty Catholic.