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In the Book of Jonah, Jonah (the prophet) is instructed to go to a pagan city (Nineveh) to preach to the Ninevites, hoping that they will repent for their sins. However, he challenges God and travels to Tarshish instead. Jonah receives consequences for his actions and Nineveh is eventually forgiven by God. Although the story of Jonah appears to entail a historically accurate event on the surface, it is, however, used to teach a lesson that God is the ultimate decider of who is worthy of forgiveness. Analyzing the historical context, explicating the verses of the book, and interpreting the book as a whole will allow a clearer understanding of the true purpose of the Book of Jonah, which is to convey a satirical story with a very important lesson.
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BIBLICAL BAPTISM Introduction Baptism, in today’s society, is one of the biggest proponents in sending people to Hell; sadly, much of the false theories taught are being taught by churches today and causing this mass belief that baptism does more than its original intent. One may question how a religious person studying religion can believe churches are wrong about baptism. The thought is proposed because it is true. Churches are continually misleading people as to what baptism is, what it is not, who is eligible for baptism, and how one should be baptized. These are questions that should be answered by churches before one is baptized; however, many churches are not answering this question in hopes of increasing their numbers.
John’s gospel can be seen, in many ways, as the ultimate evangelist text, with the intention as stated clearly by John, to make the reader believe that Jesus is the Christ, Son of God, and that in believing in Him you may have life in his name. From John’s perspective there are many occasions where he creates a “narrative” which provides a teaching point to the reader and he portrays a fascinating theme of light versus dark. This is most apparent, more so than any other, in John’s “narrative” in the “story” of Nicodemus. Before one can delve into the natural progression of Nicodemus as a believer in Jesus Christ, Son of God, one must realize John’s intention in including Nicodemus in his gospel. He I not once seen in any other part of the bible which makes it unique and intriguing that he is more of an inclusion in John’s rather than an exclusion throughout the rest of the bible.