Another well know spokesmen of religious freedom is William Penn, who was the founder of Pennsylvania and a Quaker. Quakers believed that the "spirit of God dwelled within all people, not just the elect" (46). William Penn established Pennsylvania Charter of Privileges and Liberties which states "no person or persons…shall confess and acknowledge One almighty God, the Creator, Upholder, and Ruler of the World; and profess him or themselves obliged to live quietly under the Civil Government" (47). The charter declared the freedom of worship for all monotheists and any other group free to follow their own beliefs without fear of persecution. William Penn wanted the colony to be a place where everyone could live together with all religions equal to
As a Christian, God is the upholder of all life, and nothing happens except by His Will and full knowledge, and his knowledge is complete, and through difficulties and hardships, all is entrusted to him. With this reflection, I stick and abide by the rules ascertaining my
Muslims believe Jesus never had to suffer crucifixion, but a man who looked similar to Jesus did, while Jesus was ascended to Heaven and is alive until this day. Furthermore, regarding the natural state of humanity, Christianity preaches the idea of Original Sin, where everyone is born a sinner, because they are carrying the burden of the first humans on Earth, Adam and Eve whilst Islam has a distinctly different way of addressing this issue. Muslims believe that every human is born good and pure, and in a state of submission to Allah. These two religions, commonly used for topics of debates, have a range of enlightening similarities and differences and writing this essay has helped me to educate myself properly so it is easier to
The idea is that God was the creator of the universe and he created everything with a purpose as well as all life being created with a definite goa however, many flaws are pointed to. The word ‘teleological’ originally comes from the Greek word ‘telos’ which means ‘purpose’. God is described as being powerful (omnipotent), present everywhere (omnipresent), all seeing/knowing (omniscient), good (benevolent) and always existing (eternal). The world is a complex place and it makes sense that everything must have a purpose. The teleological argument suggests that someone has put everything in the universe in order and that the universe is too beautiful to have been created by chance, the divine creator must have been God.
So true justice does not rest on what society reflects upon with reason alone. The place to learn about justice is first and foremost from the biblical narrative of God’s creative, sustaining and redeeming activity in the world. The meaning of justice is known primarily from God’s revelation in history, and in the Bible is found the record of this revelation. The Bible is the story of God’s self-disclosure in both word and deed, and it is from this disclosure that one comes to know and understand more what justice entails. Social justice finds its beginning in God, who is both social and just.
Here then is the basis for Paul’s attack on idolatry which follows: “Therefore since we are God’s offspring”; thus, humans are the true image of God. So, no image made, “by human design or skill.” could possibly be anything other than a falsification of the image of God (17:29). Paul ends his sermon by announcing that the time of ignorance is over and calling for eschatological repentance (17:30-31). Now Paul’s purpose is clear. He is not seeking to add a new god to the Athenian Pantheon; he is rather seeking the Athenians’ repentance.
A biblical defence of Oneness ‘The Old Testament witness is fundamentally to the oneness of God.’ The God of the Old Testament is a uniquely holy God, demanding sole worship. He declares; ‘You shall have no other gods before [or besides] me.’ There was one God and the Israelites were to give him their worship. The Shema, is one of the clearest indications of God’s complete uniqueness; ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one.’ Despite recent debate concerning whether the text is affirming God’s singularity, incomparability or integrity; scholars, ‘all alike emphasize the unique, unmatched deity of Jehovah.’ Amidst a context of polytheism, Israel’s God is claiming sole and ultimate sovereignty; there is only one God. Christopher
Both King Louis XIV’s Versailles and John Locke’s Second Treatise on Government are imbued with ideas that are substantiated by divine providence in one form or another. In Versailles, this idea is that of the King’s divine reign which validates Louis XIV’s kingship. Locke, on the other hand, suggests all men are born inherently equal into God’s state of nature and have a right to liberty. While both Locke and Louis XIV substantiate their arguments through divine authority, their claims as to what God ordains is markedly different; Locke is claiming that all people must adhere to the law of nature but can chose to consent to government—thus discrediting the divine right of kings which is exactly what Louis XIV tries to convince his subjects of
Calvin suggested the idea of pre-destination. It is a concept which means that everything that an individual does is pre-determined by God. This exemplifies the holy teachings which reveal that God has good plans for everybody. Plans for their welfare and prosperity. Therefore, everything that one implements is largely a work of God and his very plans.
People respected God because they saw him as being supreme. Everything is the work of God and we can infer that the creation reflects the creator. God created order out of chaos, separating one thing from another, imposing a sense of order and dominance over his creation. This creation of the cosmos takes place in the time period known in Latin as “in
Omniscience is the ability to be all-knowing, which entails that God knows everything that has, is, and will ever occur. Omnipotence is characterized by the ability to be all-powerful, which gives God the authority to change the world in any way He desires. Lastly, omnibenevolence is illustrated through moral perfection and requires that God has no moral flaws and every moral virtue. Additionally, Anselm also believes that if God were to exist, His perfection would entail three things about the nature of His existence: that it be unlimited, independent and eternal. In order to be unlimited, nothing could have prevented Him from existing.
It is the foundation for how a person thinks, what they consider right and wrong, beliefs and values, and is the basis for one’s perspective of the world. A Christian/Biblical worldview rests solely in the belief that God, God of the Bible, exists. Our worldviews determine the course our lives will take. Building Blocks of a Christian Worldview Believing that God created everything in the universe by simply speaking it into existence is the foundation of a Christian worldview. It is dictated by the Bible that is the inerrant and inspired Word of God where we learn about God himself, the Trinity,