Throughout the bible believers and nonbelievers are challenged not to blindly accept religious dogma. A fact is something that can be proven true. The purpose of this research paper is to adopt the biblical challenge to prove all things. It is the responsibility of the believer to thoroughly examine the validity of his or her beliefs. Therefore, Christianity is not exempt from scientific, philosophical and theological scrutiny.
Research question: What spiritual beliefs did Jesus use to navigate through life? Is it safe to assume that Jesus was a Christian?
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1, King James Version).
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Tim. 2:15, King James Version).
“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1Thes. 5:21, King James Version).
Joseph Martin McCabe (12 November 1867 – 10 January 1955) was a former Catholic priest who became a scholar, philosopher, historian and author. Joseph gradually began losing his faith in Catholicism as he expanded his knowledge. He spent his life researching Christiani...
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... he left behind would be turned to idol worship (this is why Paul’s letters were subsequently written before any of Jesus’ disciples).
A glaring difference between Christianity and the religion of Jesus is that Jesus had a higher opinion of humanity than Paul did or other theologians of his day. Jesus regarded righteousness and purity as something within the grasp of human ability (Matt. 25:31). Jesus did not feel supernatural power was needed to do that which was right.
“You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Jesus worked tirelessly to teach humanity about the love of God instead of the fear of God that was not compatible with the true nature of God (book of Luke). Jesus was opposed to the concept of atonement to appease an angry God. Atonement is the belief in the sacrifice of an innocent life as reparation for sins.
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