• God did not provide Spiritual Gifts for us so we could revel in having them but rather, so we could delight in utilizing them • Service to the Body of Christ is a Habit with Holy People. Conclusion: • If God did not mean for us to be Holy individuals He would not have instructed us to be so. • The truth that He gave the order is sign that He has made it possible. • In carrying on with a life of holiness we must create propensities in our lives that are sacred. • Only Christ living in our lives can make holiness an actuality in our life.
The weakness of Anselm argument is, he says he believes in God and seeks God at the same time Anselm thinks that it is hard to seek God when he cannot see God. He is trying to find God, but yet he does not fully understand why he should seek God. God has always been right there we just do not see him as a tangible object that we can touch. Anselm compares God's existence to a painting, but this painting could be considered a physical object that all of a sudden exists with artist's imagination as in comparison to God's creation, not God’s existence. God has always been alive on this earth and in heaven, so how can God be compared to a painting that all of sudden
The Bible version of Job's story suggests a different answer. A young man speaks up after Job has convinced the three older men of his innocence, and he speaks of the magnificence and omnipotence of God. It implies that God has a system of justice, and that if a man finds himself in difficulties it must be through his own actions. But Job was good all of his life. The point of the Bible's Job seems to be to learn to accept our circumstances, without turning against God because external conditions are the result of complex processes, most of which we do not understand, but we cannot let the external be the basis.
Like I said, God brings more to our lives than just a belief, but an ability to achieve a better one. And even if God is just an imaginary figure, he is an imaginary figure that brings hope and goodness to our lives, which we can never discount. Just because there is not evidence does not mean that is evidence he does not exist. I do not believe that people believe in god, just because they do believe that god exist, but because it gives them something that others cannot. It brings people together and gives people hope in the worst of times, and it can fill voids in peoples lives that are rather impossible to fill.
For example, “a man's motives are not given by what was happening to him immediately before he started to act” (The Philosophical Review, 1957). Humanity have the gift of free will which allows us to make our own decisions. Free will can be a curse for some of us and for others it can be a blessing. God gave us the gift of free will so that we could live our life according to God and this would influence humanity to make the right decisions, but this is not always the case. Determinism if it were true, would mean that all our choices and actions would already be planned out including the bad ones, but Calvinists believe all of humanity go to either heaven or hell and this was predestined by God.
Both of them remained passionate two opposing beliefs, yet their actions remain similar. This correlation supports the concept of self-reliance. Individuals have the capabilities of solving their own issue, and demolishing the corrupted structure in society, instead of asking for such solutions and answers. In fact, it is this reliance in God that prevents an end for the problems in humanity.
Although Jesus fulfilled the law of righteousness so that all those who believe in him would not have to pay the penalty for their own sins, does not mean all the laws of God have been abolished. We just no longer have to work for salvation. The laws of God are still his commands and statutes from his principles. They and are required of us. Although I strongly believe in resting in the finish work of the cross, I also believing in striving to live in a way that exemplifies discipleship of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirt working in my life.
When a king was upset he would often take a violent path. God, on the other hand, chose to send someone kind and loving to help us rather than to hurt us. This proves that God is and was genuinely concerned for us, and wanted to see us prosper. “ Now that the common savior of all has died on our behalf, we who believe in Christ no longer die” (Athanasius 21). God wants us to have faith in Him, He wants us to live forever with Him.
Jesus reflects a God that does not expect virgins or animals to be sacrificed in His name; but, a God that is pleased by followers that love not only God, but each other also. These seem like simple, logical rules to live by. But, they reflected a time in history where that kind of love for one another was hard to find because of the hardships inflicted upon the people. I find some conflict in Jesus' actions, however. Jesus never (as far as I know) says to ignore to commandments of God in the Hebrew Scriptures; however, constantly breaks the Sabbath (Matt 12:13 and others), and gives VERY flimsy and unconvincing explanations for it.
Young Wiesel once spent hours praying to God when he had very little concerns (especially when compared to his concerns in the concentration camp). Now that he is in a very trying time, one would think that his faith would be something he would desire to find comfort in. The tone of the first sentence almost sounds sarcastic- as if Wiesel thinks it odd that his people would even consider praying at all. He seems to view himself as being above all of that, not needing his faith- as he felt it could (or would) do nothing to help save him. In Wiesel’s sympathizing with Job, I see a contradiction, however.