Christianity: David Mier and The Idea of Grace

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GRACE ALONE In this bible talk, David Mier focuses on the idea of grace and “Why it is worth fighting for.” He starts off referring to the well-known historical figure, Martin Luther, whose ninety-five theses were a key catalyst in the reformation and schism of the Roman Catholic Church in the 16-century. He goes on to say how within these were complaints that the Catholic Church had strayed from the scriptures, how they were focusing too much on deeds or religious works and not on grace. He argues against this idea, stating that grace is the only way to be saved. David Miers largely bases his talk around the idea of humans being helpless without the hand (or grace) of God. He talks at length on how we cannot save ourselves and he quotes chapter 2 verse 1-3,11-12 of Ephesians “…As for you, you were dead, in you transgressions and sins in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world… by nature, objects of wrath.” He uses this to explain how as dead in the eyes of God, we can do nothing to redeem or help ourselves and are reliant on God. He briefly talks about how as humans, we are deserving of nothing more than that wrath and anger of God before returning to the idea of grace and explaining how we are saved through “God’s love” and once we are saved and changed we live a new life and can do good works, though this, he says, will not earn you a place in heaven. He goes on to emphasize how the death and resurrection of Jesus has restored our relationship which God and between the gentile and the Jews. Analysis In this talk, David Miers really focuses on the idea of grace being the most important part of Christianity. Without it, he says, we are dead and can do nothing to help ourselves and he uses a quot... ... middle of paper ... of the most powerful organizations at the time. In the end, that was attracted me to this speech and made it meaningful to me personally. The other part that really caught my attention was the part in the speech where he stated that although you do not need to do good deeds to be saved by God, as a Christian who is saved by faith, you have a responsibility to do good deeds to others. This made me think of all the Christian who would have tried to convert their enemies or people who hate them for no personal gain. Why would you do that, the prospect of living for eternity with someone you hate is not particularly attractive and it would seem to be easier for him or her to just let his or her enemies go to hell…. If there is anything that this speech has taught me, it is that even if I don’t believe in Christianity now, I should keep an open mind towards it.

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