The spirit, in turn, gives us the happiness and freedom at which the law aims…" Additionally, it is important to understand Luther’s distinction between the Law and the Gospel in order to further explore Luther’s understanding of human freedom. The Law is God’s commands; it allows humans to coexist, limits chaos and condemns sinfulness, though it is not God’s road... ... middle of paper ... ...must refer everything to God. For Luther, everything in relation to salvation is determined through the will of God, therefore leaving no room for individual will, leaving Kant and Luther’s views irreconcilable. Kant attributes freedom as a presupposition of human action, he attributes a higher status to human freedom, to far from simply being determined by God or even Satan, rather freedom can achieve to the level of self-determination. Freedom according to Kant is will independent from foreign will and therefore reason should guide to individual principles independent of outside influences.
Some view their Christian liberty as a license to sin. As Bible-believing Christians, we know this is absolutely not the case! Indeed, we are saved by grace, and not through our good works. But what happens when a Christian falls from the path, into his old ways? A Calvinist would say that a true believer cannot lose his salvation, while an Arminian would say that one can lose his salvation (Dunham 41).
More so, this paper will seek to understand that the presence of evil is not a result of Satan, but God providing humans with free will. In Paradise Lost, Milton uses the creation story as a strategy to explain that while free will and reason may facilitate us to obey God, it confronts mans innate selfish needs that causes us to disobey God, not Satan. Most Christian denominations understand free will from the fall of man. In the same instance, the fall of man is one that illustrates the original sin and man’s disobedience to God that results in our fall from God’s grace. In Book IV, Milton seeks to understand the presence of evil by the creation story.
The Christian should live according to the law of God as he is empowered by the Holy Spirit; the non-Christian lives according to his flesh, that is, according to his own free will, his sinful self, for he does not have the Holy Spirit indwelling him. It has been said that if we set our minds on the flesh it will lead us to death, but to put our minds on the spirit will give us life and peace (Rom 8:4). God gave His son in the likeness of us to rid us of our sinful state, so that the righteous requirements might be accomplished in us by living by the spirit of God. However, those who have a carnal mentality can’t satisfy God, because a mind... ... middle of paper ... ..., Woodrow. The Book of Romans Righteousness in Christ.
According to Augustine, free will could allow man to desire against sin but what actually controlled his actions to stay righteous was God’s grace. Thus, for man to believe he is capable of a righteous life by his free will alone, was to deny the need for God. In a country of free speech, it is difficult to imagine how a person could be condemned on the basis of his beliefs. A natural question would be: What was it about Pelagius’ beliefs in regards to human free will and God’s grace that made Christianity condemn this man? Pelagius’ views were not mere inconsistencies with the teachings of the Church.
Since he is holy, that makes all his other attributes good, holy, and just. God, being all of these things, cannot hold us to a standard of any less than holiness. Salvation is not something we can attain through holiness on our own. By Christ doing God’s will and dying for us on the cross, we are made holy. The author put it like this, “Holiness, then, is not necessary as a condition of salvation – that would be salvation by works – but as a part of salvation that is received by faith in Christ” (p. 34).
Although some authors also stress the transient and fleeting nature of mystical union, others describe it as lasting for a definite, even prolonged period of time. Mysticism can be used with Luther's arguments based on grace as stated before. As stated before grace, described by Luther, can be created by living the "moral life." Both Luther and Mysticism state God as the true love and the Human body is just a vessel. Grace is a gift from god and can not be gained by human demand.
In all, one should reject both that it is right because God commands it and God commands it because it is right. Whatever is “right” is good to the degree that it fulfills its purpose. Based upon God’s standard of goodness, this is true because He is the ultimate creator of everything. The Euthyphro Dilemma is not an atheistic view on religion or the existence of God by any means, but rather an issue for deeper thought. Overall, this leads us closer to believing in Christianity and more so, God Himself.
So as mentioned before when human souls have Spiritual freedom it was described as divine likeness. This time instead of Christ coming to the people in their mortal form, the people come to him in a soulful form. This is significant because if Christ, the Son of God, is Christianity in its purest way, then that means human souls are turning pure through their expanded faith from Earthly freedom. And since, “the law is laid down not for the innocent” there must be no law for the innocent and pure (that was written), because they follow an unwritten law of Christ (Luther 89). A law, which once understood fully needs no explainable words to justify it.
If the modern age local church of God ever strays away from the old time local church doctrine, it is not accomplishing what God has for them, and is even hindering those in the church from reaching their full potential as Christians. Unlike many churches have already done so; let us stay on the right path that God has intended for us to follow. Priesthood of the Believer and Soul Liberty Unlike the Catholics, Baptists believe that every born again believer has direct access and communication to God. He does not need to go through any other man to confess his sins and commune with God. Soul Liberty, on the other hand, gives the right to every individual to decide what he believes based on how he interprets the Bible.