Some branches of the Christian church, particularly the Roman Catholic church, judge matters on the Bible and on church traditions, which would make pilgrimage a good thing for the one reason that it has been going on for so long. There are also many reasons why pilgrimage is not considered a necessary thing for Christians to embark on. Some would argue that Christians' time should be spend helping people, preaching and encouraging other to adopt Christians beliefs. Some Protestants would also say that there is no real evidence of pilgrimage in the Bible, so it is not a Christian idea and should not happen. With the exception perhaps of the Holy Land, sites of pilgrimage are defined sometimes by only one witness who claims to have had a vision or a miracle.
Gifts in Current Culture Body says that these gifts were given by the Holy Spirit to carry out ministry. However there are those who believe that speaking in tongues is a private communication with God, therefore there would have to be a slightly different position on why they were given. Continuationist with this view often use First Corinthians 13:1 to support this view in speaking of tongues of men and angels, however in context his view has no solid basis. Hodge says that Paul is speaking of a language defined as a known meaning of expression weather divine or human, the main point being that these are worth nothing without love.
The Bible is written more as a theological account rather than a historical record (Harris 281).With little to no additional resources to confirm Jesus’ existence and doings, it becomes almost impossible to confirm via modern methods what Christians believe as an absolute truth. JESUS THE ENIGMA - DETERMINING HIS TRUE THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS In trying to understand who Jesus was, what he did, and what he said, most people turn to the Bible for guidance and answers. Within the four Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John, one can find a vast amount of information to help with this quest. This information, however, can lead to confusion when one discovers the many disparities between each of the individual accounts presented in these gospels. Many times when a person reviews all of the gospels side by side, they find that they end up with more questions than answers regarding the type of person that Jesus really was.
• Refuse to take sin lightly. Members will seek out accountability, encouragement, and rebuke from one another. Also, they will… • Practice formal church discipline. • Seek formal ways of keeping a clear line between church and world, such as reserving public acts of service for members only. o A church with an unbiblical understanding of conversion may well… Become filled with people who made sincere pronouncements about Jesus, but who have not experienced the radical change the Bible presents as conversion.
The unseen part is that we trust in each other without ever knowing what the future holds. Just as those who believe in God give their faith to an “unseen” being. Augustine believes since those who deny the idea of believing in God because he is unseen but they believe in the good will of others then there belief system is inconsistent. If they can believe in the good will of others but can’t believe in a supreme being then what do they really believe. We put our faith in a friend without knowing that they are a true friend just as Christians put their faith in God without seeing him with their eyes.
Becoming a Christian is not always converting after we see a great thing or after we stop using drugs. Sometimes becoming a Christian is as little as saying yes on your father’s knee. Sometimes becoming a Christian is easy ,but there are times that we all struggle with something. That struggle might be about Jesus coming back to earth and having joy about it. To some it is very hard to say yes to God , but for some it is easy.
In the sense that Christians today have individual relationships with God, thus individual interpretations, rather than being told what to do by a church. This may be a partial explanation for low church attendance.
The mystic rarely questions the goodness and value of his experience. Consequently, if he or she receives new information, it is not to be questioned because it is believed to come directly from God. This is the reason that many religious... ... middle of paper ... ...y resulted in a positive way. Believing in God and in the Bible could help people in their daily lives. Although they might not have connected with God in an intimate way, the ways they connect with God have could have been emotional.
Christianity can maintain relevance in the modern world through prayer. As Christians, we forget how powerful we are. The Lord has given us power and dominion over all creation; there is power in the tongue. Even though, we may feel like majority of the world is out of touch with God, it does not mean that we stop believing that God can change things. Some Christians have lost touch with Jesus Christ.
True Love Does Wait Abstinence is not a word you hear very often, especially in my generation. However, it is a term used, taught and practiced in the Christian church. This does not mean if you are a Christian or belong to a Christian church you automatically follow the teaching of abstinence. It is still a decision one would have to make. Many Christian influences contribute to making and keeping this decision; however, the greatest one to me was the song “Wait for Me” by Rebecca St. James.