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Apparent Contradictions in the Bible - We Can Trust Scriptures vs. Can We Trust Scriptures. For a Christian, Scriptures are the basis of what he believes. Scriptures are inspired by God and one can be sure that Scriptures never lie, because God simply cannot lie. God leads us ONLY to the truth: “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). The Bible itself tells us that it is a good teacher and we may use it to teach others: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16) Nevertheless, if the Bible does contain contradictions, that has to mean that God is contradicting Himself....   [tags: Christianity, Religion, Scriptures] 1327 words
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Bible vs. Quran - Sunlight beams through arched windows encased in stained glass; reflecting rays of red, blue, green, and yellow throughout the entryway. Below our feet, a wood floor echoes as we walk, and silences with a step onto the red carpet. Dark mahogany pews stand at attention to our left and right. Directly above on the back wall, a stained glass image of a woman standing over an infant in a cradle, sunlight illuminating her delicate features, she gazes down at the child. Her thin angelic lips slightly open, her hands clasped together in a prayer-like stance....   [tags: Religion] 1624 words
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Jesus in the Quran and the Bible - Jesus in the Quran and the Bible The three most influential books in human history, the holy books of the three main Abrahamic religions, share a common though checkered history. With a string of familiar figures and incidents, each book builds upon its predecessor, sometimes retaining the exact nature of the story and sometimes giving it a new version. Each book seems to have been influenced by its specific purpose and the circumstances of the time it was revealed, with the stories meeting the demands of the day....   [tags: Religion]
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Bible Memory Work - I rushed to my dresser, pulled out the pack, and read through the instructions. In an hour I was working on my first verse. That verse took me a week of determined repetition before it was firmly stitched into my mind. But I was on my way. That pack and, later, other tools were to become a focal point of my spiritual life. Words to Remember I know how difficult it is to motivate people to memorize Scripture. Churches feature programs, pastors exhort, and disciplers encourage, but little memory work gets done....   [tags: Scripture] 2337 words
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Interpretation of "The Poisonwood Bible" in the Humanities - ... Strehle does not focus on the benefits that come from Orleanna’s actions; Strehle overlooks the deeper meanings and attributes this event to nothing more than Orleanna’s instinctive American exceptionalism. Failing to notice Orleanna’s altruism results in an alternated opinion of Orleanna’s actions, which ultimately lead to an incorrect evaluation of her behavior. On the subject of behavior Strehle misattributes the Price Family’s need for security and comfort upon first moving into the Congo....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Influence of The Bible on English Literature - THE INFLUENCE OF THE BIBLE ON ENGLISH LITERATURE On William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake, a true exemplification of a renaissance man, wrote and produced works of art which were revolutionary in many aspects and ahead of his time. He led an extremely enigmatic life – engaging in things he liked the best and in the course of it, facing setbacks in the form of criticism. Blake attended the Moravian Church as a child and hence the Holy Bible had a great impact on his life and all his works....   [tags: English Literature] 1778 words
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Bible Study Overview - God is a word sent forth without the support of God’s will; hence, revealing the individuals position; a place outside of God’s government. This is important to understand because it is by the Word of God being spoken and properly exercised in your life that will prepare you for the great things the Lord has in store for you. Not one ounce, portion, or part of the Word of God can be omitted if the individual is to walk in harmony with the Lord. As you adhere to the rudiments of fundamental Biblical principles, which are God’s Word, the flesh (the carnal nature of man) is then securely placed under subjection to the kingdom governmental order of God’s will....   [tags: Scripture Analysis] 1001 words
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Creation Theories - ... Many Greeks came up with stories to illustrate the formation of the earth, such as Genesis 1 in the Bible. “Creation myths, also known as cosmogonic myths, tend to deal in opposites, such as darkness and light, sky (heaven) and earth, that at the very beginning are one” (Linton 314). Many myths go on to say how humans were not formed until after deities, giants, and other mythical creatures. The theory of evolution tells that animals roamed the Earth long before human came to be also. However, the Bible says that “on the fifth day of creation God took fire and water, and out of these two elements He made fishes of the sea” (Chapter I: The Creation of the World)....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Truth Behind Exodus 8 - ... The Exodus may have been written in 1446 B.C., a year that comes from the 480 years given in 1 Kings 6: 1 since the exodus to Solomon’s fourth year. “It is believed that Solomon would have been the first king of Israel,” (Smith-Christopher, 23). On the other hand, according to Exodus 1: 11, Israel is working on the city of Raamses during the reign of Raamses II of Egypt in roughly 1260 B.C. Very few still believe that Moses is the author of Exodus because research shows that it not the case....   [tags: The Bible]
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An Analysis of Exodus 6:8-10 - ... I plan to include Jeremy Schipper in my plan as well. He makes it a very critical issue by suggesting that a part from medical, disabilities could be legal, theological and religious as well, concluding that Moses had some kind of disability. He also claims that the disabilities described in the Hebrew Bible are theological and religious. I will quote from Dr. Claude Mariottini’s work as well. While refuting a popular but unauthentic notion, he says, Tigay (p. 57), in his article discussing Moses’ speech impediment, wrote about the legend of Moses burning his tongue on a hot coal: “For all their popularity, the legend and the interpretation were dismissed as apocryphal as early as the 12th century by Rashbam.” The Bible does not provide any evidence that Moses was left-handed....   [tags: The Bible]
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Sodom and Gomorrah: Pick and Choose - Sodom and Gomorrah are only one example, throughout time that has been associated with one word or sentence taken out of context to equal the meaning. "Sodom and Gomorrah have become symbols of human wickedness especially associated with Homosexuality and Sodomy".(Green) Even though Sodom and Gomorrah were in fact destroyed by God for “all of their wickedness”(Walvoord and Zuck 60) and "not even ten righteous people could be found" ”(Walvoord and Zuck 60) in those cities. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for there sins against God....   [tags: The Bible]
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A Post-Colonial Liberation Reading of The Epistle to Philemon - ... Traditionally, the letter has been read as espousing an accepting attitude toward the practice of slavery and as legitimizing its existence, even within the context of Christian Community. This understanding was especially prevalent within British and American slave owning groups who often used Philemon as a defense of the status quo and as a tool to undermine any religious and therefore ethical or moral grounds anti-slavery groups professed to hold. While this specific example of historical interpretation is an extreme case, the reading of this letter as, at very least, complicity allowing for the practice of slavery by Christians is very well attested to in history....   [tags: The Bible]
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Young Earth Creationism - ... After reading Genesis 1 – 3, what details in these chapters influence you the most in trying to decide how literally you should read these chapters. Explain why your approach is either more literal or more figurative. The details that are important to understand the creation and the fall events of Genesis 1-3 are: 1. The triune God created everything. 2. He (God) formed and filled the earth. 3. He (God) is orderly. 4. Humanity is the result of God’s creation. 5. God rested after creation. 6. Genesis 2 needs to be acquiescent with Genesis 1’s order of days....   [tags: The Bible]
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The Book of Acts - ... 5. “So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.”(Acts 19.20) Further growth in the word and in the establishment of the church is taking place. 6. “Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”(Acts 28.31) Luke has shown that Paul has preached the word of God, from the ends of the earth to Rome. Luke has chronicled the Acts of these two apostles in their attempt to carry out the wishes of Jesus....   [tags: The Bible]
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Biblical Exegesis of Psalm 89 - ... 39-50, as both express contradictory depictions of God . The praise contained in vv. 1-18 symbolises God’s nature, with reverence of His “glory and strength” (vv. 17). This praise also shines light on God’s power as He, “crushed Rahab like one of the slain” (Rahab is interpreted as a monster personifying the powers of Chaos ) and that His “arm is endowed with power” (vv. 13). This heavy imagery empowers God, as “in the council of the holy one’s, God is greatly feared” (vv. 7). God’s throne represents the foundation of righteousness and justice, creating the image of a massive golden throne, further reinforcing God’s authority as the supreme ruler, a common thought of that era....   [tags: The Bible]
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Interpretation of Romans 11:33 – 12:2 - ... God’s wisdom in this phrase may refer to the creator of the universe who makes all of it work together to fulfill purpose. Another point of view could be the profoundness of his grace towards his people and how he gives us our salvation. Despite any and all sins or flaws, we are forgiven time after time. We in our corrupt nature should never be deserving of the grace from such a wondrous, all knowing God who repeatedly casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, making us flawless in his eyes....   [tags: The Bible]
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Abraham's Obedience: A Biblical Epic - ... 9). The text also sums up the time period in verse 14 by stating: “And Abraham named that place The Lord Will Provide, so today it is said: 'It will be provided on the Lord's mountain.'” As the story progresses, cultural ties amount to a communal nature common to the epic genre. Another characteristic of epic which is found within Abraham's Obedience is the use of ritual to portray a formal literary structure. The author begins by promptly providing the focus of his subject, in medias res: “God tested Abraham and said to him, 'Abraham!...take your only son Isaac, whom you love, go the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering” (22:1-2)....   [tags: The Bible] 1167 words
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The Nature and Consequence of Sin - In the beginning there was man and there was simplicity. With the ending of that simplicity came sin. Sin can be defined as a “transgression against God’s will” (Knight, 2009) and the first documented transgression against God was Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:6. (Tyndale, 2005) The short comings of Adam and Eve began a world wind of sin as discussed in Genesis chapters 3-11 After God made man (Adam) He put him into a deep slumber and removed from a rib from his body and made Eve....   [tags: The Bible]
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In a State of Sin - These aforementioned verses deal with three different conditions of an individual’s unregenerate state before receiving salvation; one, lying to oneself that they are without sin when they are yet sinners. The second is the acknowledgment of their sins unto repentance and the third one is denying the fact that they have sinned when they know they have sinned. These are a declaration in which one may perceive their state. Let me explain further in detail, verse 8 reveals, the mental disposition of one who is presently in a state of sin, while in a state of denial....   [tags: The Bible] 1020 words
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Jacob: A Failed Patriarch - ... While Isaac is at first skeptical, he believes that Jacob is in fact Esau, and bestows his blessing upon Jacob (Gen. 27:14-29). In The Old Testament Story, Tullock categorizes the first event as being induced by Esau “listening more to his hunger pangs than his head” (Tullock 58). This is clearly not entirely the case for two distinct reasons. First, Esau is apparently dying from his hunger pangs, as shown in Gen. 25:32, when he tells Jacob, “I am at the point of death, so of what use is my birthright to me?” In order to be as bold as to tell Esau to swear off his birthright (Gen....   [tags: The Bible]
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Bible Based Message on the Importance of Forgiveness - This is not an exhaustive or comprehensive treatment of the topic. This message highlights some selected important aspects of forgiveness. It is guided by bible-based verses in keeping with the belief that the Bible is the greatest source of wisdom. “To err is human, to forgive divine”, first proclaimed by Alexander Pope in the 17th century, is not an empty adage. It expresses a fundamental weakness in humans, and establishes a supernatural connection that elevates us from an errant being to one created in the image of God....   [tags: biblical, theology, christianity] 2888 words
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Democratic Implications of the Bible - Democratic Implications of the Bible In the form of government known as democracy, the power lies in the hands of the people. Be it to change the laws or the structure of the government, the decisions of the legislature are made by either the people or representatives that are elected by the people. Under most government systems, elections are used for people to express their views and beliefs. There is equality for all, including basic freedoms such as freedom of speech and religion....   [tags: essays research papers] 1532 words
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Wisdom According to the Bible - Wisdom According to the Bible What does it mean to have wisdom. Some may say to be wise is to have enough knowledge and good judgment to make well thought out life decisions. Wisdom is a common term mentioned throughout out the New Testament Epistles and the entire Bible. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom and knowledge. It talks about ways to be wise and ways to be foolish. Through out the Bible there seems to be different types of wisdom and it is described in different ways. Analyzing all types of wisdom and knowledge will help us decide what the Bible means to be wise. First let us look at what the Old Testament has to say about wisdom....   [tags: Papers] 616 words
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The Bible is God's Word - The Bible is God's Word Many people try to discredit what the Bible teaches, but my faith comes from God, through his word, The Holy Bible. Billy Graham wrote, “Because the Bible is God's inspired Word, it does not contradict itself or teach falsehoods--because God cannot lie. We may not understand every detail of Scripture, but we must never lose sight of the fact that it is God's Word and not man's ideas or opinions.” Quote from an Authoritative Source It is comforting to know that there is a God that cares for us....   [tags: Papers] 1051 words
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Image Of God In The Bible - Representation of God in the Bible Throughout the Bible God can be represented in a number of different ways. In some chapters of the Bible God can be found to be a compassionate, loving God, who would do anything for his people. To contradict this, in other chapters of the Bible God can be found trying to instill fear into people so that they believe in him, or do what he wants of them. In both instances it shows how different God can be seen and why believers can have doubts about how God really is....   [tags: Religion] 1400 words
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A Miracle According to the Bible - A Miracle According to the Bible · The power of God. Jesus tells the paralysed man that his sins are forgiven something only God can do. Also the healing that has taken place is not just the physical healing but that of his relationship with God. · The power of faith in God. When the centurion's servant was healed it was vital that the centurion believed that Jesus was the son of God and so had the power to heal. Jesus' miracles helped people to have faith and to believe in the kingdom of God....   [tags: Papers] 554 words
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Marriage According to the Bible - Marriage According to the Bible "Marriage must be honoured by all" (Hebrew 13:4) Marriage is seen as a gift from God, and therefore should be respected by all Christians. Marriage is a sacrament, a very important promise, between the couple and God. If a man and a woman divorce, then they are breaking the promise that they made to themselves, and to God. By making a solemn vow in front of God, the couple are getting to know each other better, and getting to know God better. "But what I tell you is this: if a man divorces his wife for any reason other cause than unchastity then he involves her in adultery" (Matthew 5:32.) This quote refers to a lifelong commitment, which the couple promise when they decide to marry in a church....   [tags: Papers] 1283 words
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Comparing The Iliad and The Bible - Comparing The Iliad and The Bible     Throughout recorded history, man has sought explanations for the various phenomena that occur in every facet of nature, and when no obvious answer is forthcoming, still a theory is often proposed.  These explanatory theories, often taking the form of stories or chronicles, are usually linked to some sort of mysticism or divine intervention.  By ascribing that which he does not understand to the gods’ will at work, man avoids facing up to his own lack of knowledge in a given area, and also draws comfort from assuming that the universe does indeed function under the guidance of divine beings.  Thus the explanatory accounts that man crafts enhance his own security, quelling the fear of chaos that resides in everyone, and also providing a convenient means of constructing a religion based on such stories.  Nearly every culture throughout the ages has offered a veritable cornucopia of tales detailing the reasons behind the seasons, the sunrise, and all other occurrences in the natural world.  These stories often form the backbone of the religious tradition that prevails within said culture, as most or all of them feature gods and goddesses crafting the natural world and everything on it in a certain image.  The Iliad is replete with religious overtones, and is also considered a definitive account of ancient Greek culture.  The Bible serves much the same purpose for the Judeo-Christian tradition, serving as a literary phenomenon, and also as a historical account.  Both books purport that they are true stories, and the two serve as windows onto complex and dynamic cultures.  By analyzing common thematic elements of both chronicles, seeking out the differences and the similarities, and plumbing the depths of the stories for truth, one may come to a greater understanding and appreciation for the Greek and the Judeo-Christian mind-set....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Bible - Role Of Abraham - Hebrew Bible Paper - Abraham Abraham stands as one of the most important figures in the Hebrew Bible, and is central to the understanding of God&#8217;s solution to the problem of mankind. Man, the mysterious creature that God wraught as a semi-experiment, is constantly prone to believe he is self-sufficient and capable of survival without God, the central problem God must deal with in the Hebrew Bible. To solve this problem, God decides to strike fear in the heart of man and to revolutionise his lifestyle by creating laws and empowering a chosen group of people, who will spread the word of God by example....   [tags: essays research papers] 1590 words
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The Bible version controversy - A controversy of immense silliness has recently broken out among Evangelicals regarding the validity of modern, conservative translations of the Bible like the New American Standard, the New International, and the New King James. The controversy was ignited by a book written by Gail Riplinger entitled New Age Bible Versions. The only thing sillier than the controversy is the book that sparked it. Remember the old joke. -- "If the King James Version was good enough for the Apostle Paul, then it's good enough for me!" Well, Riplinger tries to convert the joke into gospel....   [tags: essays research papers] 2033 words
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The Land Of The Bible: The Sacred Bridge - First Reading Critique: The Sacred Bridge Anson Rainey and R. Steven Notley are the authors of The Sacred Land Bridge, which is an Atlas of the biblical world and includes maps, pictures, and historical cementation as to the significance of this region. The biblical world that this atlas focuses on is defined as the eastern Mediterranean littoral, or more commonly called the Levant in modern archeological discussions. In my critique of this book I will be focusing on pages 30-34 which will define the boundaries and explain the importance of the Levant....   [tags: Theological Book Review Critique] 1189 words
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Essay on Names in The Odyssey and The Bible - Importance of Names in The Odyssey and The Bible      Two of the most widely studied ancient works are Homer’s Odyssey and the book of Genesis from the Bible.  Each of these texts provides a unique viewpoint of an early civilization.  In both of the texts, one can learn not only stories about great heroes, but also about the way that these peoples lived and what they believed.  Many interesting parallels can be drawn between the two developing societies shown in the Odyssey and the book of Genesis.  One parallel is the importance placed on names by each culture....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation in the Bible - Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation in the Bible Proper Hierarchy and the Disorder of Separation Throughout the text of the Bible, and especially evident in Chapter 3 of Genesis, there is a system which God has set up to denote the proper relationships each of his creations share with each other and with Him. An analysis of this reoccurring theme will help to establish that God’s intended system is a hierarchy in which there is an apportionment of “servants” and “masters,” with God having the final authority....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible - The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible The Tempest is not a pure fantasy tale, but a purposeful allegory. The characters in the play are all representative of characters found in the bible. The first, and perhaps most persuasive, arguement would be Prospero symbolizing God. Prospero is seen to be a representative of God for several reasons. First, he is obviously in control of the actions and has an omnipotent quality. This has been demonstrated by several scenes throughout the play. Consider the power that Prospero possesses, as shown in the Epilogue at the closing of the play: I have bedimmed The mooontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault Set roaring war....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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The Bible as the Word of God - The Bible as the Word of God What would a logical person accept as proof of God. Would he require God Almighty to appear before him in order to acknowledge His existence. Would he apply this same criteria to everything else in life. For example, would he not believe in the President of the United States unless he saw him in the flesh. He might counter that he has seen his photograph, but this does not meet the original criteria. Such photos are evidence based upon other evidence. That is, confidence in the news media and photography....   [tags: Papers] 1338 words
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The Relationship between Hamlet and the Bible. - The Relationship between Hamlet and the Bible.                   It may appear that anything could be twisted into a typological pattern. Such interpretations appear to suffer from the structuralist faults of skating too lightly over actual texts, ignoring details that cannot be forced into a preconceived mold, and robbing narratives of their concrete shapes through abstraction. I would stress that there is more to Shakespeare than typology, but I would also insist that typology is often an important part of his drama....   [tags: GCSE Coursework Shakespeare Hamlet]
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Comparing Crime and Punishment and The Bible - Parallels between Crime and Punishment and The Bible   The use of doubles is prevalent in the writing of Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He uses this device to force comparison and discernment between characters and modes of behavior. In Crime and Punishment, the character Svidrigaylov serves as a dark double to Raskolnikov. While both are tainted by the sin of their crimes, the latter finds redemption, while the former find only despair and suicide. This pair of criminals closely parallels another famous set of doubles: the apostles Peter and Judas....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Capital Punishment and the Bible - Capital Punishment and the Bible        Capital punishment has always been an arguable issue and for good reason. The Old Testament clearly calls for the death penalty on many occasions, whereas; many of the teachings of Jesus and others in the New testament readily denounce it.  Therefore, both advocates ands opponents of capital punishment have Biblical references to support their beliefs.           Opponents use the creation story to show that all are created in God's image.  Genesis 1:27a states that “God created man in his image.”1  God, thus, has the power to give and take away life as he chooses.  All men are to preserve life to the best of their ability.  M....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible - The Fallibility of Man Exposed in The Bible The story of the Golden Calf illustrates the inherent fallibility of man. It starts out when the people ask Aaron to “make us gods, which shall go before us.” Despite the fact that God had spoken to them just days earlier commanding them not to make themselves any graven images, Aaron doesn’t argue too strongly against this, immediately asking them to turn over any gold jewelry they have so that he may make them a figure of worship....   [tags: Religion Biblical Essays] 901 words
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Miracles of Jesus in the Bible - John's purpose for writing the Gospel of John is given to us in John 20: 30 - 31: " And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. The sign miracles that John writes about are turning water into wine, curing the nobleman's son, curing the lame man, feeding the multitude, walking on water, giving sight to the blind, bringing Lazarus back from the dead, and the miraculous catch of fishes....   [tags: Religion Christian] 729 words
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Bible - Childcare Management Business people love to create new opportunities, ideas, and products to make a profit. When America’s businesses added women to their workforce and with the rise of single-parent households, the need for childcare arose, which is a wonderful business opportunity for those people who see the need for affordable quality childcare and are able to envision innovative ways to provide this service. The adequacy or lack of quality childcare affects society as well as the businesses employing those who use childcare services....   [tags: essays research papers] 1269 words
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The Pro-Kingship and Anti-Kingship Debate - The Pro-Kingship and Anti-Kingship Debate The pro-kingship and anti-kingship debate as discussed in 1 Samuel is about the request to Samuel from his people for a king. They feel a king is needed because Samuel's sons don't follow his example and are bad leaders. Samuel follows through with their request by asking God for a king. Samuel was hesitant to do so, but asked God anyway and He followed through with their request. In my opinion, the pro-kingship argument brings up some good points. A king can be a good thing to have especially in times of turmoil....   [tags: The Bible] 268 words
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How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - ... The student must try to keep the form of the text so it can be translated into understandable English. The authors name this formal equivalence (41). The functional equivalence is to keep the meaning of the original language and to put the words into the normal way of saying the words in English (41). The authors deal with problem areas of the Bible including: weights, measures, money, euphemisms, vocabulary, wordplay, grammar, and matters of gender (43-51). Fee and Stuart close the chapter helping the student choose a translation....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Gordon D. Fee, Douglas Stuart] 2579 words
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Oppression of Imperialism in Poisonwood Bible and Heart of Darkness - Imperialism has been a constant oppressive force upon societies dating back hundreds of years. Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad, illustrates this oppression by providing an instance of its occurrence in the Congo of Africa, while simultaneously setting the stage for The Poisonwood Bible, which is essentially the continuation of the story. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver, demonstrates how the Congo is still affected by modern circumstances and ideology. Conrad’s novella acts as a sort of precursor to the events later depicted in Kingsolver’s novel, and this very connection between the stories illustrates the perpetual oppression of imperialism....   [tags: joseph conrad] 1448 words
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The Use of Operant Conditioning in 1984 and the Holy Bible - ... It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later: the logic of their position demanded it. Not merely the validity of experience, but the very existence of external reality was tacitly denied by their philosophy.” In comparison, God is considered the eyes watching every move in the Christian belief, and he is merciless to those who do not love or believe in him. Deuteronomy 28:27 goes on: The lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Exploring the Concept of Dispensation and the Nine Dispensations Referred to in the Bible - The concept of the dispensations has frequently caught my attention and sparked my interest. A dispensation can be defined as; the divine ordering of the affairs of this world, or a period in which God dealt or will deal with his creation. The Bible speaks about nine periods, or dispensations, in which God ordered the affairs of this world. Teachers and Preachers refer to these dispensations as the Plan of the Ages. You may have heard of the Plan of the Ages from commentaries on the Bible or teaching at the local church....   [tags: religion, theology] 992 words
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Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today - Discussing the Relevance of the Bible for Christians Today All world religions have sacred scriptures. They all teach that the world and universe were created, and that the universe has a purpose. Humans also have a purpose, which is explained in the Bible. Modern historians, archaeologists and scientists have stated that texts of the Bible are historical documents. Many of the writers of the Bible have influenced the world and its teachings have been taught all around the world....   [tags: Papers] 403 words
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How to Be a Father and God's Example in the Bible - How to Be a Father and God's Example in the Bible Being a father is one of the greatest things a man can do. Not every man has what it takes to be a father. God has only granted certain men with this very important job. In a perfect world a man becomes a father when his wife gives birth to a child, but in today's society it is not necessarily a MAN's wife that may give birth to his child but a girlfriend. No matter how it happens it all starts out the same way. A man and a woman have sex and then if her egg is fertilized by the man's sperm she becomes impregnated....   [tags: Papers] 4620 words
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Brother Stories from the Holy Bible - When I was younger my brothers and I would fight over the attention and gratitude of my parents. From reading the Stories of brothers in the Bible I have discovered that brothers have been fighting ever since the beginning of time. Through the stories of Cain and Abel, and Jacob and Esau I have determined that Brothers stories are one of childhood ignorance and desire to obtain everything. Once adolescence has turned to adulthood, brothers seem to reform there ways toward each other due to the realization that you don’t need to have everything to obtain happiness....   [tags: Cain and Abel Jacob and Esau] 470 words
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It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare - It's Time for More Bible and Less Welfare      Government has considered and tried many plans for dealing with poverty in the United States, from all different points of view-welfare, workfare, charities, economic interference, and the like. There is one method, however, which has fallen out of popularity in this age. This is the biblical method.   What God says about the poor The Christian, or biblical, view of poverty is liberal in some respects and conservative in others. For example, Paul gives this rule to the early church: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat" (2 Thessalonians 3:10)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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The Various Tools Used by the Writers of the Bible - The Various Tools Used by the Writers of the Bible Introduction The bible is most read book in the world today, as we know it. It is also the longest lasting book or should I say oldest, still available in our bookshelves across the world. The Lord has blessed us with the technology that we have today. We have computers, laptops, typewriters, and even pocket size machines that are capable of writing things down, or even voice recordings. But think back to the days when the words that fill the pages of the bible were being lived and mapped out....   [tags: Papers] 998 words
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Essay on Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible - Role of Women in Iliad, Odyssey, and the Bible Much is known of men in ancient civilizations, from the famous philosophers and mathematicians of Greece to the patriarchs and subsequent kings of the nation of Israel. It would seem, however, that history has forgotten the women of these times. What of the famous female thinkers of Ancient Greece, the distinguished stateswomen of Rome. What power did they hold. What was their position in societies of the distant past. A glimpse into the roles and influence of women in antiquity can be discovered in such ancient masterpieces as the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Hebrew Bible....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Bible As A Historical Document - Who Was Jesus? - The Bible As A Historical Document - Who Was Jesus. I felt a very positive impression of who Jesus was after finishing the Book of Matthew. I had a new image of someone who was a down-to-earth, caring individual. I did not find quotes of Jesus that claimed being superior to the common man, of whom sinners could not look upon (a view that most people had of their Gods for centuries before). Matthew 12:49-50, Jesus announces to multitudes that they are his mother and brothers. In that way, he puts himself at an equal level to the people, rather than claiming to be a God above them....   [tags: World History Essays] 1394 words
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Relationship between The Bible and Power And Politics - The power and politics has been an issue since ancient times and still every much exist. Since biblical times, we as human beings have been battling power and politics as a problem of the world. The human society can trace our efforts to control this problem back to the greatest book every written, "The Holy Bible". Also, within power and political influences throughout WWI & WWII, the cold war, and this tension between the Third World and West end countries. Power and politics are not likely buddies, although ethical standards can progress into gain....   [tags: Religion] 815 words
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Film Essays - Comparison of the Movie, Life is Beautiful and the Bible - A Comparison of the Film, Life is Beautiful and the Bible Many elements of the film Life is Beautiful can compare to the Bible. For example, Guido, the main character, acts as a Christ figure in that he saves his son, Joshua from the evils of the Holocaust. Another example that compares with the Bible is the tank that is promised to Joshua. Finally, Guido’s death eventually saves Joshua from his own death. Such examples in the movie are comparable to examples in the Bible. In the film, Guido is a Christ figure to his son....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 582 words
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Two Great Floods - The Bible and Epic of Gilgamesh - Two Great Floods In both the Bible and the Epic of Gilgamesh the God or Gods create a flood to destroy mankind. In Gilgamesh,the Gods decide something needs to be done because the humans are being loud and disturbing the Gods. In the Bible's version of the flood story, God regrets creating mankind because the humans have become evil God chooses Noah and his family to start a new beginning. In the Bible God becomes regretful of creating mankind because he sees that they are wicked and they only have evil thoughts....   [tags: World Literature Compare Contrast Essays]
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The Teachings About Abortion and the Sanctity of Life that are Found in the Bible - The Teachings About Abortion and the Sanctity of Life that are Found in the Bible An abortion is the premature expulsion of a foetus from the womb, which may be induced or natural, in which case it is usually called a miscarriage. Abortion was legalised in 1967 and before then around 200,000 "backstreet" illegal abortions took place each year. For Christians, the topic of abortion is a problem as it raises many difficult issues. As it is an issue that concerns life and death, it stirs up strong emotions....   [tags: Papers] 1039 words
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Teaching About Abortion and the Sanctity of Life in the Bible - Teaching About Abortion and the Sanctity of Life in the Bible Definition of abortion: ' A premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. ==================================================== An operation to cause this.' ---------------------------- Christianity ------------ Joe Jenkins 1995 Definition of euthanasia: ' A gentle and easy death; the bringing about of this especially in cases of incurable and painful disease.' In the Bible we are given many teachings about abortion and the sanctity of life....   [tags: Papers] 1499 words
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Comparing the Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible - The Deceitful Women of Homer's Odyssey and the Bible Across all barriers, women have always brought pain, suffering, and aguish to the men as demonstrated in both Homer's Odyssey and the Bible. With their beauty and grace, temptresses like the Sirens and Delilah lure men into their grasps, only to later steer them to their ruin. Other times, they use their cunning abilities and deception, as Circe and Jezebel did, in order to entice men into doing things that they normally would never accede to do....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing the Love of Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and the Bible -         No emotion has such universal meaning as love. It is an integral part of the human condition. Love is the basis for by which all other emotions can be gauged. Friendship and even grief are steeped in love. Love is so central to our lives that it is fitting and proper that it should be the topic of so much discussion. Every culture and every writer has some commentary or evaluation of love. The New Testament has its share of love commentary. The entire basis of the Christian tradition is God's love for humanity....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Flood in Epic of Gilgamish and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood in The Epic of Gilgamish and The Bible The story of the great flood is probably the most popular story that has survived for thousands of years and is still being retold today.  It is most commonly related within the context of Judeo-Christian tradition.  In the Holy Bible, the book of Genesis uses the flood as a symbol of God's wrath as well as His hope that the human race can maintain peace and achieve everlasting salvation.  The tale of Noah's Ark begins with God's expression of dismay as to the degenerate state of the human race at the time.  People were behaving wickedly and sinfully and God decided that a genetic cleansing was necessary.  He spared only Noah and his family, along with two of every type of animal; one male and one female.  The other most popular flood story is found in the Epic of Gilgamish.  In this text, the gods have decided to destroy everything on earth by creating a great flood.  The only survivor is a man named Utnapishtim, spared because he is the god Ea's favorite human.  The Babylonian God Ea had decided to eliminate humans and other land animals with a great flood, which was to become "the end of all flesh".  He selected Utnapishtim, to build an ark to save a few humans, and some of other animals, much like Noah.  In comparing and contrasting the Babylonian text and the biblical story of Noah's Ark, there are many similarities between the two stories and one would conclude that they are essentially identical.  The Genesis story describes how mankind had become corrupt and how the earth was filled with violence.  In the Babylonian story, the people were too numerous and noisy.  The gods said, "The uproar of mankind is intolerable and sleep is no longer possible by reason of the Babel." So the gods agreed to exterminate mankind.  Other similarities consist of the following criteria found in the two stories:  The Gods (or God) knew of one righteous man, Utnapishtim or Noah.  The Gods (or God) ordered the hero's to build a multi-story wooden ark.  Both of the hero's, in the stories, initially complained about their assignment to build the boat.  The ark would be sealed with pitch, and have many internal compartments.  It would have a single door, and at least one window.  The ark was built and loaded with the hero, a few other humans, and samples from all species of other land animals.  A great rain came pouring down, covering the land with water.  The hero's sent out birds at regular intervals to find if any dry land was in the vicinity.  The first two birds returned to the ark.  The third bird apparently found dry land because it did not return.  The hero's and their families left the ark, ritually killed an animal, and offered it as a sacrifice.  God (or the gods in the Epic of Gilgamish) smelled the roasted meat of the sacrifice.  The hero's were blessed.  The Babylonian gods seemed genuinely sorry for the genocide that they had created....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh Essays]
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Comparing Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - Parallels Between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible The most well-known parallel between the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Bible is the story of the Flood, in Genesis 6-7. This is essentially equivalent to the story that Utnapishtim, the Sumerian Noah, tells to Gilgamesh on Tablet XI. Even the way the narrative is laid out is similar - the gods put a bug in Utnapishtim's ear; a description of how the ark is built ("daubed with bitumen," a common glue or mortaring agent in Mesopotamia); everyone piles in, and it starts to rain....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 756 words
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Flood of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood of Gilgamesh Perhaps the most popular comparison with Noah's Flood is that of an ancient Babylonian story of a similar flood. A quick look at the text does show some key similarities between them however there are also some pointed differences. I will show you both and let you decide whether there is or is not a connection. First let us look at the similarities: *It is set in the Iraqi/Turkey area.....similar to the Biblical Flood. *A man is warned by a god to build a ship so he could survive a coming flood, sent by the divine powers....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 1107 words
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Comparing Creation Myths of Ancient Egypt and The Christian Bible - Comparing Creation Myths of Ancient Egypt and The Christian Bible Creation in Ancient Egyptian religion can be much different than the creation account taken from The Bible. Genesis has a set description of “The Beginning” while there are several different versions and variations in Egyptian mythology. The versions range from a “one god” myth (Ptah; see picture) to the more common creator out of Nun, which in itself has several derivations. The Ogdoad is a grouping of eight gods that existed before the creator and formed him....   [tags: Compare Contrast]
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Comparing the Epic of Gilgamesh, Holy Bible and Huck Finn - Gilgamesh is a True Epic The story of the great hero, Gilgamesh, fulfills the requirements of an epic.  Gilgamesh is consistently relevant to society and it conveys timeless themes and messages. It is in human nature for people to want to excel in life and strive to make a name in this world for themselves.  We want to be remembered by name or for something we have done.  Most, who actually succeed, are forgotten about in a matter of years. However, some are remembered for tens, hundreds, and even thousands of years, because of their great intellectual achievement to feats of outstanding skill....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1597 words
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Flood of Epic of Gilgamesh and Book of Genesis of the Holy Bible - The Flood of Gilgamesh and Genesis   The Epic of Gilgamesh records a story of a world-wide flood and pre-dates Genesis. So some claim that this invalidates the Genesis record. But P.J. Wiseman presents an interesting theory in this regard in his book Ancient Records and the Structure of Genesis (New York: Thomas Nelson, 1985). He believes that Moses did not write Genesis but rather translated it from ancient stone tablets written in Cuneiform script. The tablets each would have been originally written by eye-witnesses of the particular events, or those who received their information from eye-witnesses....   [tags: Epic Gilgamesh essays] 724 words
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