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God is Not Complex - The sky crystallized royal blue colors propose a beautiful announcement on how perfect the day is. When glancing in the direction of the sun, it appears as if the sun is smiling with joy and excitement. The garden is filled with multiple colored dandelions, roses, and tulips. The aged oak trees stand in strength displaying a picture perfect scene of fruitfulness. The river flows in sync and rhythm to the wind. The birds of the air soar high in formation and precise sequence to the leader. This day and its splendor grace the followers with perfection and expectation....   [tags: God, Religious] 1170 words
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It Isn't What God is, But What God is Not - ... Therefore, the decision makers (people playing the game) fell into the confirmation bias when they proposed an example that does fit the rule. Because of the confirmation that it does fit the “correct rule”, the decision makers create more examples that only agrees with the rule, believing that their hypothetical rule is the “correct rule” (thus the increase in confidence, shown in chart). This snowballs to the point where, after so many confirmations that their examples fit the “correct rule”, the hypothetical rule should match the “correct rule”, but it isn't....   [tags: confirmational bias, Maimonides, God]
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The Word of God - The bible was written as an account of what many viewed that God had accomplished so his actions and words could be passed on for generations. Some believe it is a literary account and some believe it is a historical account. The word of God in the bible comes in many forms and is left up to interpretation by the reader. Some believe that the word of God should be the only word and should be strictly followed. Some believe that the words are meant as a guideline to help us through life. Whatever your belief is you can always seem to find the meaning behind your belief through the word of God in the Bible....   [tags: Bible, God, Religion, Jesus Christ]
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The Trial of God - Elie Wiesel’s the Trial of God represents the age-old question: how can a righteous God allow evil and suffering. Written as a play based on a real event, Wiesel tries to capture the myriad of emotions and theological arguments that were present. Though the trial, in Wiesel’s play, takes place during the seventeenth-century many cultural aspects overlap with twentieth-century Europe and World War II. Similarities between Wiesel’s fictional world and his life experience involve events such as violent actions against the Jewish community....   [tags: War, World History, Religion, God] 1099 words
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God As Sovereign - Many people state that they do not believe in any kind of god, that the world simply came into existence. However, this belief cannot hold true. Simply by examining nature and all of its intricate details, people stand unable to deny the presence of a Creator. Deep down, people cannot help but to feel that something greater than themselves exists. A Supreme Being- a god, but what kind of god exists. A god similar to Ares, the war-god of the Greeks. One who lusts for blood and destruction. Or a placid god, one parallel to Eirene, the Greek goddess of peace....   [tags: God remains all-powerful] 731 words
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Prove the Existence of God Using Who Has the Idea of God - ... As a result, I am not God. (2)Indirect reason: I can assume I used to exist like now, but I cannot ignore the discontinuity of time and any inference caused later. “Because the entire span of one’s life can be divided into countless parts, each one wholly independent of the rest, it does not follow from the fact that I existed a short time ago that I must exist now, unless some cause , as it were, creates me all over again at this moment, that is to say, which preserves me.” (Descartes 33, 49) That is, the continuation of the existence of a substance in Descartes’ philosophy requires an ability to recreate to complete, Descartes’ existence also need this....   [tags: descartes, god's existence, idea of god]
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The Church of God in Name Only - I must first begin by saying I do believe that God has one, universal church, the church of God. “The Church of God in Name Only,” is an effort to criticize those who profess a high claim, yet fall very short in living to that claim. In my estimation many who profess to be God's holy people are not, because the scripture deems such individuals unholy. Such people are not the Church of God. In order to comprehend the reasoning behind such a subject one must already have a general idea of the Church of God's standard....   [tags: Church, God, Religion] 1736 words
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Essay on Fate in Weatherhead’s The Will of God - Understanding Fate in Weatherhead’s The Will of God   As I continued to chat with my pastor that day, I really sensed the hurt in his eyes – the anger that comes from an unsolvable injustice, the tiredness of a problem. “What’s wrong?” I finally asked, “Having a bad day?”  Sensing that I was truly concerned, he let the truth be told.  “I talked with a woman today whose baby died suddenly of unknown causes. As we worked through her grief, she talked about how numerous friends and family, even a religious leader had patted her on the back, shook their heads and said, ‘It was God’s will.’ I find few things worse to say to a grieving parent.  Saying nothing at all would be of more help.”  It...   [tags: Will of God] 1378 words
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Perspective of Evil and the Existence of God - ... The problem of evil, or suffering among the human race, came to be through the history of how exactly human kind was started by God in the Garden of Eden. People suffer because Adam & Eve disobeyed God’s original order to not consume anything from the tree of knowledge. They were tempted by the serpent, evil in its own form, to consume an apple from the tree. God had gotten angry at Adam and Eve and vowed that they and their children would be cursed for the rest of life. Man would have to work hard (farm) to survive and women would be in pain during childbirth and also below the status of the male....   [tags: free will, religion, god]
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The covenants between God and man - The covenants between God and man constitute one of the principal keys to the interpretation of the Old Testament, denoting the dividing lines between the different dispensations and indicating the several changes of procedure in God’s dealings with the earth. There are arguably eight covenants made by God referred to in Scripture. Much could be written concerning these different covenants, but we will only deal with the covenants in Genesis. At various times God condescended to enter into a compact with man, and failure to observe the terms and scope of these compacts leads to the utmost confusion....   [tags: Old Testament, God, Genesis] 3013 words
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Controversy Between the Existence of God - ... Thus they see morality and religion as either two inseparable notions or even the one that finds its roots in the idea of God. The historically formed link between the morality and religion, the universal nature of moral values and the doctrine of God’s will as a source of everything that exists in the world can be viewed as prerequisite for the formation of the point under study. While one can believe that God creates morality, and the non-existence of God means that morality does not exist, lots of questions regarding the nature of the link between religious and moral norms arise....   [tags: god commandments, religion, morality]
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God is Merciful and Just - We all know God is love and it is shown everywhere in the Bible. To be merciful means to have broad grace. To be just means to be respectably good and fair. These two attributes seem to contradict each other because how can a merciful God judge a person for their wrongdoing or how can someone who hates sin have mercy on the people who do evil. Many atheists question how could a merciful God be just. The answer to this question is Gods mercy is expressed to us through His love. God is a perfect God meaning his justice and mercifulness is also faultless....   [tags: religion, bible, god]
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The Divine Attributes of God - ... Kant argues that since existence is not a rational predicate; it does not belong to the idea of God. If a person wants to prove that leprechauns exist, it is not enough just to reflect on the idea of leprechauns. One must go out into the world and do the research and experiments and investigate the evidence as to whether are real. Kant says that existence is not a property; in the way that being blue is a property of a blueberry. Rather it is a prerequisite for the satisfaction of properties in the following manner: it is not possible for a non-existent object to satisfy any properties because there is nothing to which a property can settle....   [tags: philosophy, god's existance, proslogian]
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Created in God's Image - In the beginning of the Bible in the Book of Genesis, it is revealed to use in 1:26-27 that God has created man in his image. The text verbatim states “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” From this distinct text we can clearly conclude that when ad created man and woman, they were destined to be in God’s image and carry his image throughout his creation. Today we can see that many of us do not live in God’s image due to society becoming more secularized as it progresses through the years, however as Christians we can verse this by living in God’s image in ou...   [tags: christianity, god, bible]
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Proof for God's Existence - Proofing God’s existence Although a person may claim that it is rational or justifiable not to believe in God, the apostle Paul tells us otherwise. In Romans 1:20 he writes that no one has an excuse for not believing in God because all creation declares His person. As well, King David expressed a similar statement in Psalm 19:1 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and God-head; so that they are without excuse…....   [tags: Relligion, God, Creation] 1845 words
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The Humanity of God by Karl Barth - ... Instead the watered down ideas which had come in and were entertained by way of the openness of theology, which were no longer just “tolerated [but] enjoyed birthright, even [had] authority” (19). It got worse, theological research was no longer being carried out for its own sake but was engineered in such a way as to optimize “commerce with the world” (20). The building blocks of theology were now theories and ideas of the age that seemed to allow the best access point to push theology on people....   [tags: Christianity, Faith, Beliefs, Religion, God]
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God Has the Cure - Throughout the ages great thinkers and men with revolutionary ideas have been changing the world of understanding. During the Renaissance men like Vesalius, William Hervey, and Paracelsus revolutionize the understanding of medicine through the use of dissection and constant studying. However these men did not find change easy, the Christian Church was set in their ways and was reluctant to change. People where dying from unknown causes and the church had no answers. The Renaissance was a time for enlightenment and rebirth of new ideas, but the church inability to adapt and adopt the new discoveries and knowledge of medicine left society in the dark ages....   [tags: Religion, God, The Church] 1268 words
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Descartes to Kant: The Existence of God – A Very Brief History - The subsequent essay will cover a short history of the existence of God from René Descartes through Immanuel Kant. First, section (1), covers Descartes’ view on the existence of God. Following this, in (2), I consider G.W. Leibniz’s view and George Berkeley’s view is explored in (3). These first three philosophers undeniably believe God exists. The remainder of the essay covers three additional philosophers whose views on the existence of God are less certain. These philosophers include John Locke covered in section (4), David Hume in (5) and, lastly, Immanuel Kant in (6)....   [tags: Philosophy, God] 863 words
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Spirit and Matter, God and Chaos, or infinitude Finite - The Kingdom of Union and Joy can only be attained through the elevation and expansion of spirit which is influenced by its intricate relationship with matter. They reflect, inverse and alter one another depending on the nature of their alliance; and challenge the pervading intuition that one entertains concerning hierarchy, the superior and the inferior, rising and falling. Throughout the poem, the prophetic persona enlightens the reader on the manner to ascend to the spiritual realm via tales on base spirits, on praising and praised bodies -- thus, purveying a dynamic dramatisation of the fall....   [tags: Philosophy, God] 1015 words
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Five Proofs That God Exists - ... They would both just sit there unless, someone or something move one of the rocks so that it could push the other off. The fourth point states nothing can be at once in both actuality and potentiality in the same respect. Therefore nothing can move itself, each thing in motion must be moved by something else. The fifth point states the sequence of motion cannot extend forever. Therefore, one must conclude that there is a first mover. This is understood to be God. The second way St. Thomas argues for the existence of God is with the Argument from Contingency....   [tags: thomas aquinas, summa theologica, God]
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The God of Small Things - Velutha of Small Things The small, more trivial things in life are more often than not eschewed, and because of this they are left to find a safe haven in furtive localities similar to “History House” or the river. Being the watch keeper of these small things can be good as well as bad, as shown through Velutha’s ultimate fate. In the novel “The God of Small Things”, Arundhati Roy shows the minute details that fill her characters' lives and furnish the dwellings that cannot protect them. Not only does Roy address the importance of small things, but she also does this through giving the title of “The God of Small Things” to Velutha....   [tags: The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy]
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The view of God from the Bible's Perspective - The biblical standpoint on the view of God may be summed up in two verses, “The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.” (Exodus 34:6-7) This clearly indicates the attributes of God as merciful and just, forgiving and stern....   [tags: Religion, Bible, God] 1134 words
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Discussion of God's Ultimate Creation: Man - ... In the Hebrew Bible, the original Adam was never male nor female (Sarna 12). This means that man was seen as both man and woman as a whole. When God created woman he wanted for man to have a companion that would help him the Garden of Eden. As stated by “unnamed women”, “after God splits the Adam, creating woman and man. The man is now called Adam, the woman eve” (175). God already saw that the animals on the earth were unsuitable creatures that would not be able to become a companion for Adam. Within the Hebrew Bible, in Genesis 2:18, it states “The Lord God said “It is not good for man to be alone; I will make a fitting helper for him” (Sarna 21)....   [tags: God, the bible, genesis, mankind]
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God is Active and Present in His Creation - ... Pre-conversion encompasses the time prior to a believer’s acceptance of the gift of salvation. During this period, the Holy Spirit works in restraining the world from complete destruction by the fallen angels and Satan (2 Thess. 2:7) while convicting man of sin, unbelief in Jesus (John 16:9), man’s unrighteousness (Rom. 1:8), and revealing that sin has already been judged (John 19:30). Conversion is the event and process of the Holy Spirit moving on a person to respond in faith to Jesus Christ along with the continuing work of purifying the believer....   [tags: bible, god, christianity, faith]
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What for Nietzsche is the Meaning of the Death of God? - ... This particular passage from (2), gives a clear idea of the social and psychological awareness of the Madman: ‘...Here the madman fell silent and looked again at his listeners; and they, too, were silent and stared at him in astonishment. At last he threw his lantern on the ground, and it broke into pieces and went out. "I have come too early," he said then; "My time is not yet. This tremendous event is still on its way, still wandering; it has not yet reached the ears of men. Lightning and thunder require time; the light of the stars requires time; deeds, though done, still require time to be seen and heard....   [tags: friederich nietzsche, god, christianity]
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Attempting to Prove God Through Reason - A sixteen year old girl with red hair and soft porcelain skin was sitting on a bench in the park reading an old, very used, book. The girl’s name was Meggy, and she was reading her bible. As she read she heard the clicking of bicycle spokes come near her from down the path. The bike stopped in front of her and she herd the familiar voice of Harry, a boy from her class, call out to her. “What are you reading, Carrot?” He said to her in a teasingly. “My bible” she replied as she looked up at him smiling....   [tags: christian, bible, God]
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In God We Rest - George Herbert’s “The Pulley” describes how God first created man. Herbert writes with first hand experience to the glory of God and the expectation that God has for humanity. He shows the reader that God has blessed man with all the world’s riches, but has decided to withhold his final blessings of rest to ensure man’s return to him for peace and comfort. Humanity is not the ready for all of God’s gifts because overindulgence can lead to a lack of appreciation for the many gifts that they already possess....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Herbert, God, Philosophy] 720 words
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The Christian Representation of God in Poetry - The voice of passion and intelligent mystery is a natural mixture used when projecting an image of God by both Milton in When I consider how my light is spent and Donne in Holy Sonnet XIV. Religion plays a huge part in the sonnets and how they make the reader perceive God. The two authors’ religious practices are so important that their troubles all stem from what they believe is an inability to serve. This is why even when the writers’ immediate demands are not met they still continue to love God....   [tags: Christianity, God, religion, John Donne, Milton, ] 1062 words
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Review of Business for the Glory of God - Review of Business for the Glory of God Author Wayne Grudem wrote the book “Business for the Glory of God”, which relies strongly on biblical teachings. The book discusses issues like possession, productivity, employment, industrial transactions, profit, money, difference of possessions, competition, borrowing and disposal, attitudes of heart, and impact on world financial condition from a biblical stand, every area unit “fundamentally smart and provides several opportunities for glorifying God however additionally several temptations to sin.” (Grudem, 2003, p....   [tags: Wayne Grudem, biblical teachings, property, God]
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God’s Divine Creation of the World - ... Many artifacts have been found inside tombs that date back to the Biblical times and have been preserved due to tomb robbers not disturbing the sacred areas. This is an enormous start to prove that the Bible is factual, which would lead to believe that the creation period in the Bible could also be true (Archaeology # 1-5). Secondly, Science has also proven that there was a divine creator when the world was fashioned and when life first appeared on earth. In grade five science education, there are two types of science courses dealing with “Rod and Staff Sciences.” These are titled “God’s Wonderful World” and “Gods Wonderful Works.” Each of these courses consists of subjects designed to o...   [tags: Bible, God, Beliefs, Science, Creation]
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Almighty God Driving People from Their Homes - Biologically speaking, humans have a natural tendency to desire and create homes. This fostered the creation of many different types of home-like environments, including places, kingdoms and religious and non-religious indigenous customs. However, the wickedness of human indiscretion and the propagation of God’s prophecy, provide compelling reasons for human’s removal from their homes. Thus, I agree that humans are consistently trying construct homes, but God does not continually remove people from their homes....   [tags: bible, god, genesis]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: The Undying Power of Will - The traditional human existence encounters immense and miniscule transformations in predominant viewpoints directly affecting subsequent proceedings as individuals embark upon an expedition of lucid self-expression to explore personal identity. Literary pieces produced during times of revolution to gain equality and flourishing cultural advancement as artistic innovations, primarily in the Harlem Renaissance, communicates deliberately the liberation of the individuals frequently portrayed as characters....   [tags: Their Eyes Were Watching God]
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Arthur Machen’s The Great God Pan - In “The Great God Pan” (1894) Machen uses ancient Greek god Pan to serve as a symbol of spiritual reality that lies beyond human perception and knowledge. Machen’s use of this divine entity and his success in rediscovering a minor figure of the classical pantheon, yet “mostly neglected by earlier authors of English literature” (Pasi 69), provide what Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari argue to be the significant value of a minor author, “…by using a number of minority elements, by connecting, conjugating them, one invents a specific, unforeseen, autonomous becoming” (106)....   [tags: The Great God Pan Essays]
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Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things - Some believe that boundaries are made to be broken, that lines are meant to be crossed while others believe that we should “ not move an ancient boundary stone set up by [our] forefathers” (Proverbs 22:28). Everywhere we look, we come across a moral boundary that we at least think we should not cross, but cross nonetheless. “As ye sow, ye shall reap” is a familiar proverb we have all heard at one point in our lives (Roy 31). But is it true. Do we really get what we deserve. And if so, who then decides what is right and wrong....   [tags: The God of Small Things] 458 words
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If God Does Not Exist, Then Everything Is Permitted - ... But those atrocious and heinous acts – religious inspired terrorism, degradation of woman, rapes of children and ethnic cleansing - were not inspired by the word of God. Socrates, a Greek philosopher also refuted this claim and said, “God is always good... always. No good thing can ever cause harm, so God never causes harm.” So, God cannot command something which would violate the sanctity of human life because its violation is everything which is preserved in the presence of the God by the legitimization of only those ethical laws that would not result in demolition and destruction of this world....   [tags: God's existence, divine judgement,moral code]
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To Fear, Or Not To Fear: How Yeats and Hardy Envision God - ... In once again referring to mankind as birds, Yeats demonstrates the augmented desire of man to be free. In saying this, Yeats recognizes that regardless of the restraints that any entity places on man, it will only push them to an increase in their development. This portion of the piece related to “The Convergence of the Twain” through the description of the current state of the Titanic. Hardy writes, “Jewels in joy designed/ To ravish the sensuous mind/ Lie lightless, all their sparkles bleared and black and blind” (10-12)....   [tags: second coming, thomas hardy, god's will]
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Ku War God: Hawaii after the Kona period - On the big island of Hawaii lays many secrets of traditional Hawaii that have long been forgotten by the republic that took over Hawaii after the Kona period. But many people still live up to these traditions in their homes and not wanting to overlook where their original family had come from. These traditions are based on stories and prayers that respect the primary four gods that make up the world. These gods help the people of Hawaii in succeeding the best out of life and honor them in returning them appraisal....   [tags: Kuka-ili-moku, islands, god]
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Why God Doesn't Exist: An Atheist's Argument - The belief in Gods has always existed throughout human’s recored history. Whether it be the Greek Gods: Apollo, and Zeus, or the Judeo-Christian God, believed by Christians in modern day society. The belief of God has always existed among humans, however, assuming God does not exist, what explains the cultural evolution of such a false belief, namely religion. I shall argue that the reason this false belief is successful is because it manipulates human nature better than any other belief by these three points: an avoidance of death (the soul), a sense of worth (knowledge), and a sense, or need of belief (faith)....   [tags: atheism, ontology, religion, god is dead]
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Explanation for the Existence of God, by Using Aquina's Second Way: Efficient Causation - Does God exist. Since the appearance of mankind on the earth and up until today--would probably continue in the future--this question brought people to think, reason, and come up with the evidence, to present the best satisfactory answer. Back in 1200s, St. Thomas Aquinas has provided "five ways" to prove for the existence of God, which I am persuaded by, and hopefully others would see the same 'light' in this argument--unfortunately, it does not provide sufficient answers regarding the 'nature of God' (Bailey and Martin, 2011, 37)....   [tags: god, bible, christianity]
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Use of Rhetoric in Jonathan Edwards' Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God - On July 8th 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached the sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in Enfield, Connecticut. Edwards states to his listeners that God does not lack in power, and that people have yet not fallen to destruction because his mercy. God is so forgiving that he gives his people an opportunity to repent and change their ways before it was too late. Edwards urges that the possibility of damnation is immanent. Also that it urgently requires the considerations of the sinner before time runs out....   [tags: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God] 574 words
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The Relationship Between God and Evil - Evil exists. This bizarre conundrum has perplexed philosophers since the dawn of civilization, and remains in hot debate today because of the theological implications inherent in the statement. To many on this planet, the source of life is an all-loving, all-powerful, omniscient god who created the universe – and all the laws therein – in seven days, as described in the Bible. And yet still, evil exists. How can these two premises be simultaneously true. Surely, an all-loving god would want to do something about this problem, and an all-powerful god could absolutely remedy a situation if it so desired....   [tags: Christian God and Evil]
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The Victims in McCarthy's Child of God - The Victims in McCarthy's Child of God   In Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Lester Ballard is a recluse who is shunned by the people of his community. Because of his morose nature and his bizarre habits, he stands out among the small rural community. The rejected Ballard turns from being a harmless recluse to a murderer. While he is clearly a victimizer, he is also a victim himself. He is the victim of his own ostracization from the community that he was a part of. While the victimization that he suffers cannot justify his violent actions, it provides some explanation of how Ballard has reached the point of being a victimizer himself....   [tags: McCarthy Child of God]
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The Controversial Subject of God - The Controversial Subject of God The topic of god is a very controversial subject that has been argued about ever since the beginning of mankind. Because God is so controversial, many battles have been fought to preserve one’s own beliefs. I myself, have my own beliefs on what I think god is and how god was created. Many theologians have different beliefs of who god is and why he exists. But the most common answer you will receive is, “God exists because he has to exist.” They would argue that without God, nothing would exist, no us, no earth, no galaxy, no universe, nothing....   [tags: God Religion Theology Essays] 932 words
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Why I Believe In God - Why I believe in God For my adult Catholic trying to lead the Christ-life, it is useful to recall the reasons for believing. It is helpful to review why we know that God is exists. Is there a God. Is there a God above and beyond us all. Above our life and death, above our joys and sorrows, above our world and space program. For thinking people, this is really the important question. Is there a God. People have been asking this questions for as long as people have been thinking, but now so much more is known about this world and about us....   [tags: Religion God Religious Theology] 1672 words
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Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God - Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God Chinua Achebe's Arrow of God is set in the 1920's, before secularism became dominant. It begins with the image of a mask, when he tells his son not to carve the mask of a god for the white man. The mask is a symbol of change. The whole world is changing, and the people who do not change will not survive. The old priest, Ezeulu, desires change, but he cannot do it. He cannot force himself to leave the old ways behind and adopt the new ways. Thus, he sends one of his sons to learn from the white man....   [tags: Chinua Achebe Arrow of God]
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The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God - The Ontological Argument for the Existence of God The ontological argument is an a priori argument. The arguments attempt to prove God's existence from the meaning of the word God. The ontological argument was introduced by Anselm of Canterbury in his book Proslogion. Anselm's classical argument was based on two principals and the two most involved in this is St Anselm of Canterbury as previously mentioned and Rene Descartes. The ontological argument argues that if you understand what it means to talk about God, you will see His existence is necessarily true....   [tags: Theology Religion God Essays Papers] 1544 words
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Comparing Allah and God - Pakistan, 1986. Zahid was a Muslim priest who had been brought up to hate and kill those with conflicting beliefs, especially Christians. He often persecuted Christians in town, feeling that by doing so, he would please Allah (the Muslim god). One day when Zahid was persecuting Christians, someone dropped a Bible. Rather than disposing of it, as he normally would have, Zahid hung onto it because he felt compelled to read it and expose its errors. In short, Zahid converted to Christianity and shared the Bible’s teachings with everyone....   [tags: Comparison of Allah and God]
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