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Christians and the Unhealthy Concept of God - Compared to the Jews, whose God at the time was proud of the Jewish people, the Christians had a very unhealthy concept of God. This God was thought of as a being who pleased individuals could offer gratitude for their vitality and self-conviction, and this was a sign of the Jews' self-declared ethics. The Jewish people credited both the good and the bad to their God, and in that, was predictable with nature through both assisting and harming. At the point when the Jews ended up oppressed by Rome throughout the occupation of Palestine, nonetheless, with their flexibility, power, and pride stripped from them, their God obliged a change which was reflective of their pickle....   [tags: debil, adversaries and oppressors ] 583 words
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Anselm and the proof for the existence of God - ... Anselm's second point is That Than Which Nothing Greater Can Be Thought exists inside and outside the mind. There is a difference between existence inside the mind and outside the mind. This point allows the atheist to accept the definition that Anselm posed at the beginning of the the proof for the existence of God. It is at this moment in which Anselm gives the example of the painter. “For when an artist envisions what he is about to paint, he has it in his understanding, but he does not yet understand that there exists what he has not yet painted....   [tags: the middle ages, world history] 1138 words
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Ontological Arguments for the Existence of God - In the fifth Meditation, Descartes presents his second argument for the existence of God. Descartes holds that existence is perfection and so, it can be a predicate for God. I will first explain what is the ontological argument for the existence of God. Next, I will discuss why Descartes decides to bring God into His method of philosophy. I will then try to argue that existence is a perfection and that as a predicate for God, existence reveal certain true about God. Ontological argument tries to prove the existence of God from a priori perspective, i.e., idea implanted in the human mind by God himself....   [tags: Theology ]
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God's Faithfulness in the Old Testament - Every author depicts information in light of purposes and themes. Sometimes these themes are moral issues, emotions, or existential concepts. In the case of the Old Testament, the authors wrote books that highlighted various ideas such as love, obedience, and suffering. Despite various subtopics, the Old Testament clearly demonstrates the theme of God’s faithfulness to his followers. To begin with, God’s faithfulness is displayed in the Pentateuch. One example is found in the opening chapters of Genesis....   [tags: Theology] 1051 words
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Is it Rational to Believe in God? - ... However, this is also a problem in the discussion of the existence of god. Some people like myself cannot choose to believe in something that cannot possibly be proven of its existence. I can not give nor expect anyone else to give their life to something that may just be a fairy tale. Again, while there is no evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that God in fact does exist, but there also is no evidence proving that he does not exist. These are the reasons why I choose to believe the believing in God is a rational one....   [tags: religious, personal beliefs]
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"The Second Coming" and the Death of God - Death of God theology is a theological movement dating back to the radical theologians of the 1960s, like Thomas Altizer and William Hamilton, and continuing in a more diverse form in the work of individuals like Slavoj Žižek and John Caputo. The movement can be traced back to the works of G.W.F. Hegel, of whom Thomas Altizers says, "The Phenomenology of Spirit is the first philosophical enactment of the Death of God,” (Altizer) and thinkers like Nietzsche, Lacan, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Derrida and poets like William Blake....   [tags: theological movements]
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"The Second Coming" and the Death of God - Death of God theology is a theological movement dating back to the radical theologians of the 1960s, like Thomas Altizer and William Hamilton, and continuing in a more diverse form in the work of individuals like Slavoj Žižek and John Caputo. The movement can be traced back to the works of G.W.F. Hegel, of whom Thomas Altizers says, "The Phenomenology of Spirit (1807) is the first philosophical enactment of the Death of God,” and thinkers like Nietzsche, Marx, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Derrida and poets like William Blake, Dante, and Milton....   [tags: liberation theology, sphinx]
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Taking a Closer Look at God - List and briefly describe the five attributes of God's greatness. Spirituality: God is spirit, that is, he does not possess a physical body or the limitation that come with a physical body. Yes, there are scriptures that mention God’s hands, feet, or eyes, however these are attempts by God to communicate human characteristics for us humans to better understand his ways and character. Personality: God is not just spirit, but he also has a name, is capable of feelings, and has actions. God is personal....   [tags: religious beliefs and analysis] 925 words
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The Signficance of Making Coveants with God - One way in which God displays His goodness and kindness to His people is through His covenants. When God makes a covenant, He sovereignly enters into a relationship with men that is a bond of life and death. When a covenant is entered by God, there is no bargaining from man's side, after all the sovereign Lord of the universes does not need to stoop down to man. A covenant is a bond in blood, that is once a covenant is entered, nothing less than the shedding of blood is necessary if a party fails to keep the covenant....   [tags: relationship, bargaining, bond, blood] 1616 words
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The Role of God in Descarte's Epistemology - ... Descartes’ further attempts to account for the theoretical placement of entities in the mind and the existence of these entities in the ‘real’ or metaphysical world. Descartes’ concept of God is fortified by the monotheist Christian notion of the existence of a supremely perfect being (Davies, 2002, p. 81). Descartes assures us that an ultimate being lacking in nothing would obviously possess the property of existence. Therefore, the conception of a perfect God in our imagination, who as a perfect entity would have to exist, or in Descartes’ words; “ought to have for me at least the same degree of certainty that truths of mathematics had until now” (Descartes, 5:44)....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 1347 words
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Genesis Shows the Deceitfulness of God - The book of Genesis is the story of creation according to Hebrew text, God creates the world as a paradise, a lush green world that is good, a world that is right, God himself is presented as being caring and fair. However later on there are many stories within Genesis which question God's morality towards his creations. The supposedly just God is at many times shown to be petty, deceiving, and unequal in his treatments towards his creations. As a result of God's own duplicity the men he created covenants with, God's numerous prophets and their respective bloodlines, themselves are often two-faced and unjust....   [tags: argumentative essay] 1263 words
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The Personality of a Caring God - ... God explains to his people that "the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns (Exodus 20:10). God does not want anyone to work on the Sabbath for He has made it is a day of rest. It is not just His people that Yahweh cares about, it is all people. The Sabbath represents the 7th day in Genesis when the earth was being formed....   [tags: Yaweh, Old Testament] 1531 words
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Athanasius on God as Creator and Recreator - In the study of the ancient Church Fathers, you cannot avoid studying Athanasius. He was the first Church Father to really understand and articulate a theology of the Trinity and its mutual love towards Creation. As well, the development of his Trinitarian theology came at a crucial time in Christian thought. Athanasius was influential in refuting the Arian controversy which had Christ as a lesser being than the Father. Understanding the theology of Athanasius is essential to understanding who he was as a person....   [tags: theology, church father, Trinity, platonism]
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God according to Crimes and Misdemeanors - God is always watching. This is what the first couple of scenes in Woody Allen’s movie Crimes and Misdemeanors would seem to imply but as the movie continues its message about god and a just universe flips back and forth as events go unpunished or the good go unrewarded. God and who god is are the main themes of this movie and as the movie progresses each character shapes his beliefs of god on what happens as they live their life. A main character, Judah, an ophthalmologist who runs into some issues and takes the unmoral path, struggles with his idea of god throughout the entire movie....   [tags: Film Review] 816 words
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God's Governmentin the Time of Samuel - During the time of Samuel, why did the people of Israel desire a king. “Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations."” 1 Samuel 8:5 (ESV) It is amazing what God's people (Israel) want it, the desire to be governed by human guidelines and not through the divine hand of God. When this terrible mistake happened, the people of God put press on the prophet Samuel to search for a king like the other nations have. The result was that God in His sovereignty, grace and mercy instructs the prophet to listen to the people, and the results were that the hand of the enemies of God was upon them....   [tags: Old Testament, Biblical studies] 731 words
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Arguments on the Existence of God - ... If everything were caused by something else though, then there would be no first cause, and if there were no first cause, then the first effect would not exist. Therefore, the ultimate cause of the universe then must be uncreated. A being that does not exist in time so therefore does not come into existence. In this case, God is the ultimate creator because he exists outside of time and has neither beginning nor end. This type of argument argues the existence of contingent things on the necessity of a God being the ultimate creator....   [tags: psychological analysis] 595 words
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Theories on the Existence of God - There are many groups of people that have differing views on God. Does he exist. Does he not exist. These questions can be argued with countless theories as to why he does exist and how there is no way that he does not exist or he does not exist and there is no way that he does exist. Theists would argue that God does exist and there is good reason to think that he exists. Agnostics, Atheists, and Fideists, on the other hand would argue that there is no good reason to think that God exists....   [tags: philosophy, power, evil] 1118 words
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The Role of God in Miracles - ... I don’t believe in coincidences because every instance in life happens for a reason. I hold a belief that Jesus Christ has a will for me and that whatever stage in life I am at is where I am supposed to be. This is not to discredit the concept of free will; because humans are created in God’s image, we are able to think, reason, and make our own choices. In Genesis 3, God could have made Adam and Eve not fall into temptation and sin; however, because they were able to make their own decisions, they freely took bite of the forbidden fruit and disobeyed God (1)....   [tags: Christian faith, religious beliefs] 924 words
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Existance of God by Scientific Rationality - ... Belief possesses the dualistic state of… Plantinga’s postulation possesses an inherent problem: he formulates a deductive argument based upon self-defined terms. If an argument requires assuming something about the universe, then the assumption can be formulated to suit the desired conclusion. Scientific arguments for theism frequently assume that if God exists, he behaves in ways comparable to humans. Describing God in terms of ourselves might be a useful way to comprehend the image of an otherwise unrealizable entity; however, this projection of human attributes is merely poetic, and therefore cannot be used as the premise of a scientific argument....   [tags: premises, experiments, results, observable] 701 words
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The Kingdom of God and Missions - Missions have always revolved around Christians reaching out to others and living out their lives to glorify God. Jesus displayed this evangelical mission throughout his ministry in the early church when he was living with the disciples. Through reading different articles I have discovered that the new emerging church in the postmodern context has a kingdom view of missions. The kingdom of God is the key to missions which is portrayed in the early church and in Jesus ministry; it is also an evident necessity in recent emerging churches in postmodern context, and reveals itself through ministries that serve to help the needy....   [tags: christianity, church, Mark Beach, youth]
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God? - God. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, God is “a being or object believed to have more than natural attributes and powers and to require human worship; specifically: one controlling a particular aspect or part of reality.” (“God”). For a philosopher, however, this concept has proven to be more than a little difficult to solve. According to O’Brien in his book An Introduction to the Theory of Knowledge, “The philosophy of religion is (in part) concerned with whether such a belief is justified.” (177)....   [tags: Philosophy]
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The Deceiving Power of God - In Meditations III, one of the six meditations in his book Meditation, Objections, and Replies, René Descartes acknowledges the existence of God. Descartes says, “Indeed I have no choice but to conclude that the mere fact of my existing and of there being in me an idea of a most perfect being, that is, God, demonstrates most evidently that God too exists.”(28) Descartes believes that he did not come into existence by himself, but some higher being, God, had to be in existence already and had to create Descartes....   [tags: Perfection, Examples, Descartes] 955 words
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Humans´ Desire to Seek God - The Desire for and a Response to God Mr. Kravatz All Humans have a natural desire for God, and the ability to respond to God, illustrated by people such as Moses, Saint Ignatius, or even myself. We know this because we can see our desire being fulfilled when we experience natural or divine revelation. We also have this desire fulfilled when we respond to God when he calls us to do something or to act in a certain way. We as people look for some higher form of guidance, and we can find guidance in the way that God reveals himself....   [tags: Prayer, Response] 784 words
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Knowing God by J.I Packer - ... The first principle is the bible. The bible is Gods word here on earth, many many times, all the answer we need for any type of afflicting dilemma can be found in Gods word. I totally agree with J.I. Packer when he implies that to know God one must have his word highly valued. The second and third principles are Gods is Lord and God is saviour. Romans 10:9 says that if we declare that Jesus is Lord… you will be saved. God offers us redemption, but we must recognize that Jesus is Lord, which is what Packer encourages Christians everywhere to do....   [tags: Christian beliefs, matters of faith] 596 words
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God's Journey with the Israelites - In the book of Exodus in the Hebrew Old Testament, an incredible story can be seen of an all-powerful God who works in the lives of humans that He specifically calls His own. These people, named the Israelites, after one of their ancestors, Israel, are enslaved to the Egyptian people, forced to do immense amounts of manual labor. God uses the harsh environment and obstacles to teach the Israelites many different things before rescuing them from the Egyptians. God ultimately attempts to teach the Israelites three major ideas: faithfulness, sin before God, and holiness....   [tags: Theology]
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The Artistic Explanation of God - The concept of God being found and described in art is a very interesting concept. God can be much easier understood and explained by the concepts of art. This is not a common idea, although it actually makes a lot of sense. In Joseph Kupfer’s essay The Art of Religious Communication he discusses his ideas of God in relation to art. His essay discusses all of the different ways in which God can often be looked at through art in a much more realistic way. Often in the world of art things can be explained in ways that other things cannot be....   [tags: The Art of Religious Communication]
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The Nature of God Essay - During Genesis 6-9, the wrath of God is felt by all of humanity through God’s flooding or purification of the earth. Only Noah, a righteous man in the eyes of God, is saved. For through Noah God saw a saviour for His creation. As when humanity started to expand, and became larger He began to see man’s wickedness was spreading, and because of this evil He needed to flush the Earth of all those who had done or will do wrong/evil. Throughout this part of Genesis God is seen as possessing the nature of being vengeful, and destructive, however right in his actions....   [tags: creation, noah, bible]
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What's the Opposite of God? - When we think of God, we associate good, light, force, and entity. Basically every good thought or anything associated with good is directed towards God. Likewise, when we think of the Devil, we automatically think of evil, and darkness. Every negative thought and bad emotion is linked with the Devil. This thought process is similar to the notion of dualism. The literal definition of dualism is the division of something conceptually into two opposed or contrasted aspects, or the state of being so divided....   [tags: dualism, devil, force, light]
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God's Devine Interaction with Jacob - ... Instead of allowing this to happen, she tells Jacob to fetch some goats for her to cook and, “‘...bring it to your father to eat, so that he may bless you before he dies.’”(Gen27:10). Rebecca’s actions clearly have roots in what God told her the future will hold. She is working as an extension of God to have the Jacob rule over Esau, and the blessing is a very important step. Even later, when Esau finally realizes that his brother has stolen everything from him, Esau swears to his mother that he will kill Jacob....   [tags: influence, genesis, vow] 948 words
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God's Providence: The English Colonies - Idea of God’s providence permeated throughout the thoughts and writings of the leaders of the early English colonists to America. Contemporaries take for granted the religiosity of the New England colonists, but for the Chesapeake Bay, especially around Jamestown, God’s providence gave explanations for why certain things happened the way that they did and acknowledged the presence of God everywhere that they went. The settlers of the Chesapeake Bay area were discoverers, adventurers, (primarily) men who sought wealth, riches, and authority in a land untouched; a “land as God made it” while those who chose to lead New England came for very different reasons and saw themselves as the chosen,...   [tags: English Colonists, America, New England]
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Victor as Mother and God - ... These two things are the same in the aspect that two thing must come together to form the end product. For example, the sperm and the egg had to come together to for the zygote just as two ideas had come together to form the plan to create the monster. Victor also faces a little bit of postpartum depression after he “gives birth” to the monster. This is conveyed through this line, “… how delineate the wretch who with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form?”(Shelly 35) This gives the senses that Victor gave “birth” to something miserable and potentially evil....   [tags: Frankenstein, Mary Shelly, literary analysis] 970 words
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The Question of God’s Existence - God is defined as “the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe” (“God”). I find it highly unlikely that God exists because if God is perfect in power and perfect in goodness then why are so many human attributes given to god: A perfect being would be one without emotions such as anger, hate, jealousy, sadness, and happiness to influence their decisions (“God”). I believe it stems from people’s innate sense to belong and be loved due to the evolution of society....   [tags: Scientific Theories, Human Creation]
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The Restoration of God's Plan - ... After the exile there were major reconstruction tasks to undertake both natural and spiritual. We find a most important task was the construction of the temple and implementation the continuing of one God to worship, this would be important in maintaining the keeping the covenant. (Haggai 1:4-6-NIV).This was to take priority over any self-indulgence such as building their own homes. Putting the work of God first would strengthen the faith and give proof of a form of true worship. It would not give and good spiritual investment if the Jews continued to live in houses made of cedar while the ark yet remained within the tabernacle now was the time that what Moses had said to come to past.(1...   [tags: religious beliefs, spirituality]
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The Chose People of God - God cares for all people. To him, it does not matter if you are one of much faith or one of doubt. He welcomes those who are in fear to find the light of his grace. This all started with his covenant with the people of Israel to let them know his love for them. He wanted to make sure they could be in fear but no shy away from his love. Through this we find how much God really does love us. He compares us a lot to a small flock. As much as he tries to herd us there are some that cannot find their way back to Him....   [tags: cares, grace, love, covenant, image, sins] 1394 words
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Why God Allows Suffering - ... Some day He actually will, and although He has not done it yet, there will be a day with no more pain for those who follow God and have a relationship with Him (Bible Gateway). Those who do not follow God will also be held accountable for what they have done, so God allows everyone to have to chance to come to Him before this happens. If they come to God, they will not have to spend eternity suffering. Many people also ask, "Could God not have seen that everyone would sin so much?" This is because without sin, there would not be so much suffering....   [tags: religious beliefs, faith]
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God's Role in Suffering - People have turned to God amidst suffering for thousands of years. Even today, it is quite common to hear that someone will be “prayed for” during times of hardship or struggle. Despite all of this, most people struggle when confronted with the image of God in suffering. People see God as a transcendent being who wields complete control yet allows heinous acts to occur. This false image of God can confuse people and create an enmity between them and God. However, people must understand that God is powerless in suffering....   [tags: Theology]
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In God We Trust - Since a child I can remember being intrigued by the motto “In God we Trust” printed on dollar bills and engraved on coins. What God do we trust in. Is the God we trust in Jesus. Why do we trust in him. These were just a few questions that came to my mind. With all the greed and capitalistic corruption that exist in society, how could men war over money that reminds us “In God we Trust”. I was under the assumption that this statement was symbolic of the authority God had within the system of commerce....   [tags: American currency history]
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Soren Kierkegaard on God - ... Ethics are the rules or laws that exist within the city or community, which help to maintain order and justice. There is a paradox within the ideas of faith of religion, and ethics. The religious idea is that the single individual is higher than the universal (God before the world), and that one must make the leap of faith and give infinite resignation. On the ethical level, Abraham is considered a murderer who almost kills his only beloved son. The paradox is created by the explanation of why it is that this murderer should be praised as the “knight of faith.” “Faith is just this paradox, that the single individual as the particular is higher than the universal, is justified before the...   [tags: the Seventh Seal, philosophical analysis] 1786 words
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Why Believe in God? - ... It is impossible to have a relationship with the true God apart from the person of Jesus. The Bible says. But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in his name (John 1:12). In another place it states. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also (1 John 2:23). According to the Bible, anyone who claims to know God, and yet does not believe in Jesus, does not know God. You have to have both the Father and the Son....   [tags: powerful, compassionate, intelligentt] 2575 words
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Brennan Manning: God's Grace - In the words of Brennan Manning, “something is radically wrong.” As American citizens, we find the Gospel of Grace burdensome. God’s grace seems to be some ephemeral promise that sounds phenomenal but cannot possibly be authentic. We grasp the concept in words but we act utterly opposite. Hidden in our subconscious is the supposition that we must earn all that we receive and that anything given to us freely is of no worth. We believe things such as “There is no free lunch”, “You want love. Earn it”, and “You get what you deserve.” We have sold ourselves into a “no pain-no gain” spirituality downplaying God’s grace but emphasizing our own personal efforts....   [tags: jesus christ, bible, gospel]
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Islamic Images of God - ... To even question Gods "will" in some places is a sin you wouldn't dare commit. The day of judgment when we stand before God and he asks why didn't you believe that I would bring you to heaven if you committed this sin or that sin. You won't be able to lie to him because the answer is in the hart and it will say you didn't believe in him. In Islamic belief the creation of everything in the universe is by God command. In the Muslim religion there is no clergy between God and man. They feel since God was the creator of man that he will always know what they are thinking....   [tags: allah, jews, arabic speaking christians]
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Ethics: God and Abraham - The first problem, “Is there a teleological suspension of the ethical?” begins by declaring that the ethical is the universe which applies to everyone. However, our purpose in the universe, is to act ethically. “As soon as the single individual wants to assert himself in his particularity, in direct opposition to the universe, he sins, and only by recognizing this can he again reconcile himself with the universe” (Kierkegaard, 1985, p. 83). I think that this statement makes sense because we cannot move forward in life unless we acknowledge the mistakes that we have made....   [tags: universe, ethics, sacrifice] 545 words
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The Existence of a God - The Existence of a God Throughout history, the worship of gods has been a part of daily life even amidst those cultures that have been considered "savage". The reactions, movement, existence, comparisons, purposes, and common beliefs of the world show that there must be a god. The existence of a god is an irrefutable fact. Sir Isaac Newton stated that "every action has a reaction." Therefore every reaction is formed from an action which€in and of itself is a reaction to a previous action....   [tags: Papers] 746 words
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The Personality of a God - The Personality of a God In the year of 2003 there are many types of religions that are practiced in the United States, which involves a God, or a divine power. My personal preference of religion is Christianity. I believe in Jesus Christ and the all mighty God Jehovah. The characteristics of a God varies from religion to religion, but all leading up to love, an everlasting peaceful life, and salvation; therefore, giving strength to all human beings that believe in them and has faith in them....   [tags: essays research papers] 767 words
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Augustines God Vs. Epictetus God - At first glance, I was immediatly inclined to argue in epictetus' favor, because it pains me to argue that Christianity is good for anybody. In the following paragraphs, i will contrast the God of Epictetus, and the God of Augustine, and in the end, my stand will be clear. Epictetus and Augustine both identify God on basic level. Epictetus says, "Where the essence of God is, there too is the essence of good. What is the essence of God?......Right Reason. Certainly. Here then, without more ado, seek the essence of good." He says strive for goodness, live in conformity with it, and you will find God....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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The Nature of God - The Nature of God Philippians 2: 1-11 · Is God personal or impersonal. Paul and Timothy say "3I thank my God every time I remember you. 4In all my prayers, for all of you." So this means God is personal, because the use of prayer is implemented here for guidance and relation (which fulfils the definition of 'personal'). · Is God immanent or transcendent. Paul and Timothy say "8God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus." So this means God is immanent, because for God to testify something 'he' would need to be on earth and everywhere around, NOW (thus fulfilling the agreed definition of 'immanent')....   [tags: Papers] 502 words
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The Existence Of God - The Existence of God Works Cited Not Included For centuries, the idea of God has been a part of man's history. Past and present, there has always been a different integration consisting of the believers and the non-believers of God. The group of those who have "faith" in God tend to be related to one religion or another. On the other hand, the skeptics find the existence of God somewhat puzzling and try to seek the answers through scientific methods. Even as of today with all the modern technologies and the development of sciences, we still do not have a definitive answer to the question "does God exist?" Among many philosophers and scholars who have tried to answer this question, we shall...   [tags: Religion Theology Essays Papers] 1308 words
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The Existence Of God - The Three Most Popular Arguments For The Existence Of God The Ontological Argument One of the most important attempts to demonstrate the existence of God is the ontological argument of Saint Anselm, an 11th-century theologian. Anselm’s argument maintains that God, defined as the greatest being that can be conceived, must exist, since a being that does not exist would by virtue of that fact lack an attribute that contributes to its greatness. Critics have questioned, however, whether existence actually contributes to a being’s greatness....   [tags: essays research papers] 914 words
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The Existence of God - The Existence of God In this essay I am going to explore and analyse arguments concerning the existence of God. I will be investigating all the different beliefs about God from Christians including: 'Moral and Divine Command', 'Ontological', 'Cosmological' and the argument from design. These areas of belief will all be fully considered and analysed in depth. After doing this, I will therefore come to a conclusion of my own sort and explain my own beliefs and there reasons. For many centuries people have believed in this figure called 'God', who apparently created the World, everything inside it and around it....   [tags: Papers] 723 words
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The Existence of God - The Existence of God What we call religious experience can differ greatly. Some reports exist of supernatural happenings that it would be difficult to explain from a rational, scientific point of view. On the other hand, there also exist the sorts of testimonies that simply seem to convey a feeling or a peace of oneness- something which most of us, religious or not, may possibly relate to. Firstly, I will consider the nature of an experience. Experience involves encounters which are empirical (testable via senses)....   [tags: Papers] 1507 words
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The Existence Of God - The Existence of God The existence of a God has for generations been the topic of fierce debate. This most usually occurring between members of the religious society and, everybody else. As a matter of fact the religious world itself has not always been able to agree on God. This has resulted in many a holy man to take up the fight for his deity through the realm of words. Many theories have been proposed, and all think that theirs proves beyond a doubt on whether or not God exists. To write this paper I read four of those theories by assorted men of the cloth, who all attempt to make the argument for a God in the Christian sense....   [tags: essays research papers] 1413 words
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The Existence of God - In answering questions regarding God, the argument from evil is a very peculiar argument. Most of the arguments we deal with will try to prove the existence of god. This argument on the other hand attempts to do the opposite and I really stress on the word attempt. Another reason why I say it is peculiar is because it is not just one argument, but rather a series of three arguments. In my opinion, this argument is quite weak and does not prove what it was intended to prove but rather it does the opposite....   [tags: Religion] 1573 words
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The Existence of God - The Existence of God "No one can think the opposite of that which is self evident…But the opposite of the proposition "God Exists" can be thought…therefore the proposition that God existence is self evident."( Thomas Aquinas) Some people may say that God is an omnipotent, omniscient being that the universe revolves around. In other words, God is all-powerful, all knowing, and runs the universe, but the mere claim, to prove Gods existence, seems to invite ridicule. The people who ridicule are not always right....   [tags: Papers] 1789 words
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The Existence Of God - The existence of God has long been a topic of debate. It is the ultimate topic of discussion, as everyone seems to have an opinion on it. I will look at the traditional arguments for the existence of God, the ones that have stood the test of time, and find out how convincing the arguments really are by looking at each one in turn, analysing the logic behind each argument, and finally looking at its criticisms and the responses to the criticisms. The first argument for the existence of God I will look at is the cosmological argument, more commonly known as the "First Cause" argument....   [tags: Religion, Theology, Philosophy, logic] 1655 words
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The Existance Of God - The Existance Of God Either God exists or He doesn't. There is no middle ground, and any attempt to remain neutral in relation to God's existence is automatically synonymous with unbelief. It is far from a "moot" question, because if God does exist, then nothing else really matters; if He does not exist, then nothing really matters at all. This is kind of unfortunate for someone like myself, because I've always lived on that nonexistent middle ground. Until now I've never been put in a position where it was questioned....   [tags: essays research papers] 9147 words
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The Kingdom Of God - Pearl gates, marble stairs and a throne of gold, or an inner area in the hidden depths of our own soul. Which can describe the true kingdom of God, a real physical world or a place that is only seen in ones hearts. Some would say it to be a place above man, built by God to be a home for peoples' souls after death. Others might say that it is no more than a place inside us that can only be reached through the right decisions and acts of kindness. A place that is not seen or discussed but only felt in a way that is incomparable to any feeling ever felt by the living....   [tags: Religion Theology Christian Christianity essays] 1322 words
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God Is The Creator - God is the Creator Christianity is a religion which embodies the teachings of Jesus Christ. Christ is completely divine and mortal. He is God. He is truly unique in that He fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah. The aforementioned prophecies were explicitly communicated through the Bible, a guidebook for followers of Christianity. Specifically, the Old Testament is the foundation of many religions (i.e. Judaism, Islam and Christianity). The Bible (the Scripture) is composed of several books; each book is regarded as both a historical as well as allegorical source....   [tags: Religion Christian] 1160 words
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The Army of God - The Army of God Is it possible for one to believe in Christianity so much that he/she feels it is morally acceptable to commit sin to punish those who are the real sinners. The members of the North American terrorist organization named “The Army of God” obviously believes it is so. Having declared war on the United States of America the army of god has bombed abortion clinics and homosexual nightclubs in the name of God him/herself. This group is definatly no joke, it has produced three editions of its own terrorist manual and has many websites devoted to its cause....   [tags: Papers] 2664 words
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God's Creation - Today we are continuing with our Creedal Series and we are onto maker of heaven and earth. Somehow I drew the short straw and got this immense topic. I had to keep reminding myself the purpose of this series is that we understand what is in the Creeds so that when we say them we believe them and comprehend them. Often in the church we take things for granted and regurgitate phrases without understanding the roots of what we are saying and what we are committing to. Somehow I don’t think I have to go into what creator of heaven and earth means but to help our entire community understand that even with all the advances in understanding of the world and in the world of science this is as true a...   [tags: Sermon] 1570 words
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Morality and God - Morality and God The belief that morality requires God remains a widely held moral maxim. In particular, it serves as the basic assumption of the Christian fundamentalist's social theory. Fundamentalists claim that all of society's troubles - everything from AIDS to out-of-wedlock pregnancies - are the result of a breakdown in morality and that this breakdown is due to a decline in the belief of God. This paper will look at different examples of how a god could be a bad thing and show that humans can create rules and morals all on their own....   [tags: Papers] 1376 words
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Descartes and God - Descartes and God Everywhere in this world there are debates on many things. Logic is often employed in order to understand and come to an agreement on these debated topics. One such topic, which is arguably the greatest topic of debate occurring in modern day, is the existence of God. Sure, many people believe in some sort of higher being, but how many of them try and use logic and rational thought to prove the existence of God. Many probably, however we will only look at one such person. Rene Descartes attempts to use his own logic to come up with the conclusion that a perfect being does exist and that being is in itself God in his book Meditations on First Philosophy....   [tags: Papers] 831 words
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Atrribute of God - Truth an Attribute of God The definition of truth according to Webster’s is conformity to fact or actuality, reality, actuality. Ryrie defines truth as “agreement to that which is represented it includes veracity, faithfulness, and consistency.” To say that God is true is to say that he is consistent with himself. He is all that he should be; he has revealed himself as he really is. His revelations are completely reliable. For man to understand that truth is knowable to him and life does make sense, he should first understand that all truth is known to God regardless of if it is found in the Bible or other sources....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Looking for God - Looking for God Where are you supposed to look for God. How are you to look for God, and does it help to decide what sort of thing you are looking for first. What kind of thing is God. Looking from the perspective of someone with no previous faith, looking for general revelation, I would have to say you have to perceive what you think is God-like first. If you ask the majority of people with a faith what God is like, they would probably say 'all good and all-powerful'. So are you looking for general signs of goodness, beauty, power and awe....   [tags: Papers] 447 words
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Existence Of God - The Existence of God Ever since I can remember, I have believed in God. I had always thought that he existed in a way that we did not understand and or can not comprehend, and that is spiritually (Almighty). I have always thought that it would be impossible to prove/disprove God's existence (solely based on the spiritual aspect), because if he is the almighty then he can come and go as he sees fit (be seen and unseen as he sees fit, too). There has been a lot that has happened to me, not only in spiritual essences, but also in a physical essence that strengthened my beliefs that God exists....   [tags: essays research papers] 975 words
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God and Person - God and Person The word “person” can be interpreted and defined in many different ways, and there are many different aspects to consider when stating what a person really is. Accomplishments, goals, likes, dislikes, and experiences in life make a person who he or she really is. Traits most “central” to being a person include consciousness, reasoning, self-motivated activity, the capacity to communicate, and having a self-concept. A mind does contribute to a person’s self—a mind is what makes up part of a person, yet does not define one....   [tags: essays research papers] 675 words
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