Todd Christofferson’s general conference talk “Born Again”, he defines being born again as “unlike our physical birth, is more of a process than an event. And engaging in that process is the central purpose of humanity.” (2007) This is the same principle that Nicodemus learned when he came to Jesus at night. Spiritual rebirth is the act of baptism to be “born of water and the spirit” (John 3:5) followed by a lifelong commitment to follow Jesus’s teachings and actions. It is a covenant that, after undergoing it, asks a Christian to function on a level higher than they were before in a moral rebirth as well. The reasoning behind this covenant--as is the reasoning behind everything Jesus taught--is love: ”for the love of God sent his Son not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17) As Jesus introduced the concept of being born again, He is the median through which God’s love becomes the center of spiritual rebirth.
Jesus Christ is the incarnation of the entire divine logos, and the purpose of Christ coming to the world was to teach men the truth and save them from the power of demons. Justin demonstrates through his works that Jesus is both the messiah, stated by the Old Testament, and he the preexisting logos, regarding Him as incarnation of Logos, and or “in second place” to God. He illustrates the divine of creation and salvation, which is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Logos is the eternal Word, eternal reason, and creative reason. The ideas of Martyr are important to study and understand because his ideas impacted the church because they show the origin of Christianity beliefs and customs, and understanding Jesus Christ, the logos, second to God.
In the gospels of Mark and John, both showed a vivid portrait of Jesus in their writing. Mark’s gospel describes much more of Jesus' life, miracles, and parables as suffering servant. However, John’s gospel was written to convince people to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Nonetheless, both John and Mark present many of the crucial events of Jesus' life, including his trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. At the very beginning of the gospels the authors make their representation of Jesus known to the reader, but they rely upon different methods.
When writing is influenced by a strong held belief it will show portions of this belief stronger where the author feels it stronger but this does not make mean the story is exactly like the belief held. It is assumed at times that because of the similarities between The Chronicles of Narnia and the Christian faith that it is an allegory similar to Paul Bunyan’s allegory Pilgrim’s Progress. The question then becomes did C.S. Lewis write an allegory or was it just his beliefs influencing his books? According to the Oxford English Dictionary an allegory is defined as, “Description of a subject under the guise of some other subject of aptly suggestive resemblance.” Under this definition at first glance it is believable that The Chronicles of Narnia really was written as an allegory.
Lewis and his writings on Christianity and Chronicles of Narnia. The piece describes the effect Lewis had on his religious readers and highlights his life story, including his inspiration for his novels. Jardin wanted to draw attention to the positive effect Lewis had on the world. Larsen, David. "George RR Martin Interview - Books - From Our Archive - The Listener."
In the midst of incredible co... ... middle of paper ... ...ide’s once faithful friend will have changed motives and will most certainly deceive him. Yet Cacambo’s unbending honestly to Candide succeeds in defying Martin’s pessimistic doctrine. Because of Pangloss and Martin’s closed-minded philosophies, an overabundance of indifference and irrationality were allowed to spew forth. Absolute optimism and absolute pessimism both fall into the category of dogmatic assertions based on concepts which aren’t meant to be rigid. Rather than admit no exceptions, it is important to carry a flexible philosophy based on real evidence.
A Pentadic Analysis of Two Pleas for Christian Unity Introduction The prayer for Christian unity began with Christ, himself (John 1:21), and continues today. This essay proposes to examine two pleas for Christian unity using the rhetorical theory of Kenneth Burke. According to Em Griffin, "Kenneth Burke was the foremost rhetorician of the twentieth century. Burke wrote about rhetoric; other rhetoricians write about Burke" (319). Burke's theory seems especially relevant to the study of pleas for unity because of his focus on identification.
Although other religions may be said to have theologies, this is a matter of controversy within, for instance, Judaism , which holds that God is unknowable. This article will therefore confine itself to Christian theology. The development of theology in Christendom arose from the need for educated Christians of the ancient world to express their ideas in terminology familiar in current thought. Hence arose the close relation of Christian theology with Greek philosophy formulated by the Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church . St. Augustine , a Latin Father and one of the greatest theologians, introduced and standardized in his writings teachings that became central to Christian theology.
Thesis Statement In this paper, I argue that the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew is intentionally an redacted text to encourages Christians to expect the Kingdom of God with eschatological hope as well as to bring forth the Kingdom of God in their here and now daily lives through the practice of Jesus’ radical forgiveness as the liturgical prayer of baptism in the ancient Christian church. In order to prove the thesis of this paper, first, I will analyze the structure of the Lord’s Prayer in the Gospel of Matthew. Second, I will explore how the Lord’s Prayer was used as the liturgical prayer in ancient Church, especially the relation with baptism. Third, I will study about the eschatological hope in the first three petitions for God as well as
He makes the point that Acts develops the themes of the gospel, one reason for this is because Luke is the first to extend the story of Jesus to the apostles. Luke seems to extend on Marks gospel but in a different way then what Mathew does. Luke seems to focus on Jesus’s disciples, his calling of them, and his teachings to them. It seems that the reason Luke did this was to set up for the new church. However the most convincing reason that shows Luke believed his books ought to be read together is his writings in Luke 1:1-4 and in Acts 1:1-3.