William T Cavanaugh (2008), wrote Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire which is a philosophical book, which focus on four (4) economic life matters that addresses the consumer culture within society. These four economic life matters are free market, consumerism, globalization and economic scarcity. In order for this topic to be discussed on a theological point of view, the author draws the reader’s attention to human life, the ends of life in God. The key question in every process is whether or not the transaction contributes to the flourishing of each person involved. In order to address these questions the author points to concrete examples of alternative economic practices in which Christians participate-: business, co-operatives, credit union, practices of consumption which marks the vision for Christian economic life.
Not only does good work represents his or her faith, good work proves the existence of salvation and brings glory to Him. While having faith in God is necessary, doing good work is just as important because good works proves the existence of salvation. When God saves a person from their sins, that means that he or she is willing to put all of their wrong actions behind and reborn as a new person in Christ. If he or she still doing illegal actions, then their proclamations are not trustworthy. For example, in the movie 101 Dalmatians 2, Cruella De Vil announced that she had changed (meaning she will not produce any kind of animal-based clothes) after some psychological treatments.
The second point was not only to prove that using the I-Ching made it essential to understand the connection between Gnostics and Christianity. The third point made is how the this novel is not entirely about a deeper meaning tribute to any other work by Dick, and these other novels need to be compared and contrasted individually. The concept brought up is about how the I-Ching keeps up with the Christian tradition. Do people in general have free will or does fate win out and control people? By the end it is made prevalent that we as a human race need to accept out fate, but as well as put work towards it.
Can one not simply believe that Christ is and that by faith in his name accomplish what the meal is set out to work? This is the question that Calvin addresses in sections 5-7, as he remarks that there are those who believe the meal to be a solely spiritual affair. It’s not that Calvin directly disagrees with those who would state this, the distinction it seems is found somewhere between semantics and theological mystery, although Calvin does believe the difference is important in lived reality, I am not convinced this is a difference of any great magnitude. Calvin does admit that eating is by faith but that ‘the flesh of Christ is eaten by believing’ as a consequence of faith. Quoting Augustine’s view on the topic, he agrees that eating is of faith, not by the mouth, but that by faith Christ is known and brought near.
One last Christian aspect elaborated on in the book is how society needs to care for the common welfare rather than their own selfish wants. God teaches us all about these principles in the Bible and they all apply to us in modern-day life as well as back when “A Christmas Carol” was set. The first principle that is a crossover between “A Christmas Carol” and God’s teachings is how people can change their life around from heading straight to failure to a joyful life and an abounding future through seeking forgiveness. Scrooge doesn’t see this very quickly in the book, but he slowly develops knowledge of what it will take to reverse what he has done wrong throughout his life. The book and the Christian point-of-view have different views on how this reversal of someone’s future can happen, but the general idea of how it can happen for someone is the same, forgiveness.
People are tired of this, they want to hear about Jesus. The liberation theology motto: “the preferential option for the poor” seems interesting, but when it comes at the cost of forgetting the role of Jesus Christ in the Salvation and the sacraments as channels for the Grace we should remember the verse of St. Matthew “The poor you will always have with you; but you will not always have me.” If we forget this we make Catholicism a commodity and people will leave it for other Christian confessions that at least speak of
This teaching is embodied in Romans 12:2 which states “Don 't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” With this verse and other Christian teachings in mind, questions of authenticity arise. If young Christians choose to participate in the hipster lifestyle, other Christians have wondered how authentic their faith is and whether the earthly hipster lifestyle can be reconciled with a traditional, pious one. Hipster Christians can also be considered increasingly political. As McCracken (2010) argues, this particular subculture is driving the church to consider issues of social justice, service and welfare to the forefront. In conclusion, Hipster Christians offer a challenge to Christian traditions while still incorporating religious and spiritual
It is for this reason, the researcher contends, that the Church is the main advocator of interreligious dialogue; it might seem that this is an exclusivist claim but the researcher does not aim in stressing the primacy of Christianity. He only aims at pointing out that since Christianity had a closer grasp of the truth- since the Son of God proclaimed it- Christianity might help other religions in understanding better their beliefs. The paper contends that it is due to man’s constrained knowledge that the Semitic religions approach God differently. However, since Christianity though not absolutely perfect, had a closer grasp of
Limitations of the Business Model The limitations of churches operating as businesses will be discussed together with the case study of City Harvest Church. Case Study: City Harvest Church The central issue of the case was whether the monies channeled through the Building Fund and into the Crossover Project constituted a criminal breach of trust. Some details on the Crossover Project are presented below: The Crossover Project’s chief purposes were that of evangelising the “unchurched”, and encouraging Christians in the pop industry to “shine for Jesus”. These were to be accomplished via Sun Ho’s music career by extending the influence of the gospel through her music and concerts. Sun would testify about how God had changed her life during her concerts, after which Pastor Kong would take the stage to encourage the audience to join a church.
It achieved this goal by creating devout Christian followers who wanted to spread their newfound devotion to religion. While the church was first created to spread good, the church became increasingly corrupt during Martin Luther’s time. During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church decided to teach that salvation was possible through works of righteousness that pleased God. While this statement does encourage acts of good, the church abused its meaning by proposing a new means of absolving oneself from sin. This new method was purchasing indulgences.