Therefore, Ivan thinks that the human nature cannot stand for such burden. Moreover, in his story Ivan urges that Christ’s doctrine is absurd as well as the God’s one. The Roman Church embodies that absurd. Using Roman Church he identifies its representative, the Grand Inquisitor, as an Antichrist which succumbed the temptations of “dread spirit” (p.14). The legend of “Grand Inquisitor” can be interpreted as the “Temptation of the Jesus” where the Christ rejected all temptation, however, Inquisotor instead accepted it (p.43) where Inquisitor himself acknowledges it by saying “We are not working with Thee but with him”.
Later he was to create Lutheranism. Those who create and follow new forms of Christianity have betrayed their true religion. Believing in the Christ is bad enough, betraying Christianity and still believing in a new type is even worse. Throughout history and to the present day, the belief in Christianity has been the cause of many evil scams and tragedies. A perfect example would be the indulgences and fake relics sold during the Catholic Reformation.
One of those is an adversary. The dictionary tells us that an adversary is one’s opponent in a contest, conflict or dispute. I believe that Satan is in constant conflict with God. We read in Luke 8:12 that, “the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved” (NIV). He wants what God has and will do everything in his power to tempt God’s people to come to his way of thinking.
Her actions shows Christians that in times of needs it is not always about yourself, it is about the people in need around you. Those who are weaker and more fragile need the help of others to keep them motivated and pursuing in what is right. All in all, Christianity has been highly impacted on the works of these loyal martyrs. Their love and friendship with God drove them to seek what was right even when they had to put their lives at risk. “We found this man perverting our nation, forbidding us to pay taxes to the emperor; and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king” (“Famous Trials” 13).
The greatest danger of the Ouija is that an individual begins to place his trust and future hope in the message the board brings. Christians can offer several reasons as to why one should not be involved in the use of the Ouija Board. One is simply that the bible condemns it as being involvement in the occult. And then theirs the fact that the message received is often false and misleading. According to scripture (Matt 4:9, Rev, 12:19) "Satan's goal is to deceive man by blinding him to the truth of the gospel and to receive worship for himself.
Most Christians believe that Satan was once one of God's high angels until he became greedy and wanted to become more powerful than God. God then threw Lucifer (Satan) out of heaven and into Hell, "And he said to them, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from Heaven" (Luke 10:18). Some Christians take this to have literal meaning, but others say Satan is just a made-up person to symbolise evil. Some Christians say that Evil does not exist, it is merely an absence of good. St Augustine first suggested this view in the fourth century.
Who is Satan? Satan’s definitions include the advocate of God, a personification of evil, the fallen angel, a spirit created by God, and also the accuser. People see Satan differently, some know of his existence, others think of him as just a myth, and there are those that just ignore him. John Milton's Paradise Lost tells of Satan's banishment from Heaven and his gain of earth. He and his brigade have plotted war against God and are now doomed to billow in the fiery pits of hell.
God forgives us as Christians, as King David wa... ... middle of paper ... ... as to allow sin to be a part of their lives, but they are deceived. Jesus has made it very clear, “I am the way, the truth and the light.” He also tells us “no one gets to the father except through me”. This cannot be made any clearer. With the Holy Spirit in charge and with moral authority over our lives, we must remember it is by the grace of God that our lives are changed and we are not on our own, nor do we own this body, it is on loan from God. He will take care of us.
It even seems as if the government established Church isn't completely rooted in Christianity, as the author weakly suggests that, "[A]bolishing Christianity may perhaps bring the church into danger." The ways that the government actually uses Christianity are completely selfish. One such purpose is the consolation of allies, "among whom, for we ought to know, it may be the custom of the country to believe a God." He later goes on to suggest the abolition of Christianity in peace-time in order to avoid the loss of allies. It also seems as if the government uses Christianity to pacify the commoners.
This falls within the division of Gnosticism in which the Old Testament God is depicted as evil for both Marcion and the Gnostics. Marcion would argue that “Christ and the gospel of the benevolent God had nothing to do with anything in this world” (Cahana 57). This exemplifies his belief in a world that is sinful that must be saved by the spiritual world. The idea of the nature of God is fairly new during this time in Christianity and even ideas of good and evil where only just being discussed. The controversy deepened divisions between Christians by introducing ideas such as different views of God’s nature, and adding to many different sects of Christianity today.